I've been a stay at home mom for two years now. Life was going along swimmingly. We had health insurance, a bi-weekly pay check, and a tiny (and I mean tiny) bit in savings.
Well, today my husband lost his job.
At the end of the month we loose our fantastic health insurance unless we want to bleed ourselves dry for Cobra. We have a house payment and two car payments but we will have to loose one. My sons health insurance will have to come from the state. We are also going to see if we qualify for food stamps to help the unemployment dollar stretch a bit.
So now I know when I come to MC that I will be judged sigh.
What you won't know since all you will hear is *food stamps* and *state insurance* is that my husband immediately came home and applied for unemployement benefits but can't file his first claim until September 1st. You also won't know that he applied to at least 2 dozen positions and out of those lined up 2 interviews for full time employment-one that pays what he made now and will increase by 1.50 in 90 days. You also won't know that he applied for a part time job and as a result has an interview lined up for that as well.
*food stamps* *state insurance* abusing the system!!!
You also won't know that I have sent out my resume that now has a gap of two years of employment because it was important to us that I be home with our son. No, instead you will judge me when I ask how medicaid and food stamps work and how long it takes to get them.
If you had said to me yesterday that by 10:30 this morning my world would crash down around me I'd have not believed you. I also wouldn't believe you if you said I'd be "one of those families" who may have to rely on WIC, Food Stamps, and medicaid so my son has food in his belly and his well baby visits on time.