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A Letter to the Social Security Administration                               Monday, February 10, 2013

Dear Sir or Madam:                                                                                                                                                                                          
I wrote the St. Paul Social Security Administration a letter in early to mid December telling them to cancel my Medicare immediately. That letter was mailed to their office at least two weeks before the sixty-day deadline. A week after that letter was sent (on either the tenth or eleventh of December), I received a voice-mail on December 18, 2012 from a S—-. at the SSA in St. Paul saying that I neglected to put my social security number on the letter and without it they couldn’t do anything. I then filled out the termination form letter cancelling my part B Medicare and I returned it to their office the day after receiving it. I did not get anything else until January 2, 2013, a day prior to Medicare withholding $205 from my direct deposit, when T—– left a voice-mail. The message is rather lengthy so I will only include parts here: “I received a letter canceling your Part B Medicare coverage stating that you could not afford the coverage, however, it looks like the state had paid it for you for a long time and I’m guessing that there is just some sort of re-application process to start that again.”

T—– is guessing that the state will cover the premium amount. The county and state have deemed that my income is $6 above their limit so canceled me and I do not receive help from anybody except for housing assistance. I will be stopping that as soon as my SSDI is corrected.

Then T—– went into a long spiel wondering if I was aware of the consequences. I am fully aware of the consequences. “My number is 1-000-000-7481 my extension is —– and I will confirm this for you, but since it could potentially cause problems for you later I’m going to hold this for a little bit, okay, thanks.”

How can I make this any more clear

T—– is guessing

I phoned T—–‘s extension and the woman who answered said that T—– was busy and so she offered to help. I explained the problem to her saying, “I want to cancel my Medicare immediately. They deducted $205 from my disability check even though I had written a letter and re-sent a form letter that included my SS number well ahead of the 60-day deadline. I do not want Medicare!” I was asked why I wanted to cancel? “How will you pay for your medications and doctor visits”? My intentions were to do without Medicare because I am a healthy person who happens to be disabled. I very rarely need a doctor and I am not on any medications. The only reason I ever visited a doctor was because the county social worker thought I should have a checkup once a year and it had been at least three years since my last visit, also at her request.

The only reason for the county help in the 1st place was because of the public housing rental. And please believe this, I never wanted public housing but it was my only option at the time as living with the spouse and Mother of my child had become unbearable. Now as I try to rid myself of this humiliation I am running into many undeserved obstacles.

I do not receive help through Washington County or any other government agency beyond my social security disability income.

State Farm Insurance gave me a complete medical examination. I was required to submit to one to obtain the ‘Preferred rate” on term-life insurance. I was told relatively few make the cut…I made it! I am a healthy person and always have been.

It makes no sense to dole out $100 a month for something I may never use. I could use that money for more necessary things.

I am raising my daughter on social security disability benefits. That is the sole source of my income.

So far, my disability benefits have been debited $205 in January and $105 on February 1, 2013, and that will be the amount deducted every month unless somebody can help me. I have bills to pay and a daughter to provide for. My income is limited and tight. The government does not know what is best for me…I do! At the end of the call I asked if I could have her name and she told me, “T—–“

Respectfully,

Steven R—–

Post Script

Double exposure
P.S. Since T—– would never return my many calls I spoke with R….. at 10:45 on Feb. 4, 2013. I was told that she would speak to the others about my situation and that J– who was T—–‘s supervisor, or S—- would get back to me. So I asked, “When will he call back as I have had promises of call backs before and it never happens.” I was told that he would get back to me on that day – but of course I had the same response, none! I was also told that the monies could be reimbursed. Neither J– nor S—- returned my call and I have now given up on calling so I will mail this letter today. I would greatly appreciate any help you can give while still maintaining my benefits. I do not believe I can make ends meet with the $105 deducted each month for Medicare. I do not need the Medicare nor do I want it.

Please contact me to discuss reasonable options. Please also know that because I am disabled I am sometimes difficult to understand. It may be better to correspond via e-mail. Thank you.

Cell Phone: —/—/—- – SSN: — — —-

——–@gmail.com

I was informed from S—– that the money would not be reimbursed because the payment came from my personal account.  However, if the state had paid the money; absolutely that money would be reimbursed.  That makes no sense whatsoever, but then, I realized who I was dealing with.

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Steve Richie

Hi folks, Two lives in one lifetime. The first me, lived to age thirty-four. That Steve was overly confident and oozing with pride. Then, on a record heat-setting day (107º) here in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and western Wisconsin, a one car near-fatal wreck left me in a two-month long coma. I emerged much as I was before minus certain physical capabilities, but my mind seemed mostly in tact. The crash and its effects did not change me (I emerged a happy individual) but the deeds perpetrated against me in the ensuing months from my wife of sixteen years scared and humbled me as I was dragged down with nothing left by my wife who now had guardianship over all of our accounts. And neither would she allow me to see our kids. She took everything out of, "Our" names and changed them to her name only; then would not allow me to our home and divorced me. I was angry, but no more. I spent half of 1988 and more than half of 1989 in hospitals, nursing homes and a three month stint at a head-injury rehab center where I was being taught how to re-enter society as this different person, that I didn't know. I was not able to return to my previous line of work, a self-employed decorator, you know, painting and paperhanging. It was a physical job which required much dexterity, finesse, and a good grasp of numbers. I returned to the beginning, school, but on a community college level. One of the instructor's liked my writing and I began focusing my attention on that. I attended classes at, "The Loft," A Place for Writers in Minneapolis. While there, a classmate of mine was having her friend from New York, a CBS executive, to her home for the holidays and asked me if she could do a critique on a couple chapters of a book I was writing, "A Day I'll Never Remember" and I obliged. When she returned to class the following Monday she told me that the exec wanted a ten-page synopsis of the book for a possible movie; I was excited. After obliging for that also, I never saw or heard from her or the guy from CBS. Next thing I knew I was watching a movie called, "Regarding Henry" starring Harrison Ford and the scenes of therapy were exactly like what I went through and had written about. Regarding Henry - could've been my story except that, "Henry" got his head injury from a gunshot and his wife stayed with him throughout the ordeal. Coincidence I'm sure, though, the therapy scenes entailed what I described in the book so I always wondered..... My hope, my dream is to bolster our income for my daughter and for myself. I am and have been raising this beautiful, talented little girl who was diagnosed with autism at age two, since 2006 singlehandedly. I divorced her mother the same year following complaints that I spent too much time with our daughter. However, Stephanie began school with no need for special education. She has been reading since age four and understanding what she'd read. Stephanie maintains straight "A's" on her report card, has published two books (through school) and has been selected as an, "Honors" student for seventh grade English. My ex moved to New York to be closer to her sister and has been remarried now for a number of years. Well, that's only a snippet of my sixty-one years and I would like to thank you for reading, thank you.

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