My 65 year old mother began receiving social security benefits last September. She receives $890 a month. She receives food stamps. This is her only income. Her income does not change. Please help me understand how and why every single month she receives a letter from food stamps telling her that her monthly benefits will decrease? This month they went from approximately $109/month to $86/month. Her Medicaid/Medicare spenddown increased $100. What happens to trigger these changes when her financial situation doesn't change? I especially liked in the letter of notification about her increased spenddown how her "family, friends or others" could pay her spenddown for her. How nice of them to make that suggestion!
On average, it takes 3 weeks for her caseworker to return her calls. By that time, she usually receives another letter informing her of more reductions in food stamps and increases in her spenddown for medical treatment.
Please help me understand this mess! These changes ultimately affect me since I "pick up the slack" for her monthly expenses and I want some guidance in trying to understand!created by pnjperr on Feb 12, 2012 at 04:05:16 pm
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