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Offline wolfter

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ARCO
« on: June 04, 2014, 04:16:00 PM »
There has been a major change in Ohio's ADAP/Ryan White case management.  We used to be under the CATF (Columbus AIDS Task Force).  They've consolidated all the smaller divisions into a more state wide group named ARCO.  (AIDS Resource Center of Ohio).

I already had an update coming as my coverage only exists through the end of June.  I had the appointment scheduled yesterday and my case manager was coming to my home to complete the application.  A different case manager called because she wasn't able to locate my address.  I asked what happened to Jennifer, and she said I should have been contacted that I had a different manager now.

In the last 4 years that I've been covered, I've probably had 20 different case managers...no exageration.  Hopefully, this change will stream-line the process.  It's a good thing that I've not been a high maintenance client as getting in contact with them has always been a pain in the ass.

So anyways, this new lady shows up and we start the process.  The new application takes about 4 hours to complete.  It's absolutely ridiculous what all was covered and discussed.  I understand that we have to share information, but I really wasn't comfortable discussing the last time I had penetrative anal sex and such.

She insisted on going over every single program that offers assistance.  I quickly told her that I wouldn't/couldn't qualify for any further assistance.  She then went on to discuss each of them.  I finally played along and asked about each of them.  HOPWA???  Sure I'd like more information....UM, seems like nothing available in my area.

Would I like dental assistance????  Sure, I currently pay my own dental expenses for basic check ups.  Again, nothing available in my area.  I could drive to Columbus if I need them to pay it.  NAH, I'll stay local.

Of course, I had to list my budget and expenses.  I thought I was generous when I indicated I spend $150 per month on food.  She thought maybe I needed assistance with food costs.  Yeah, again I don't qualify based on income.  But I can drive clear to downtown Columbus if I need a food box....really??? 

We wasted at least an hour to verify that I didn't qualify for other assistance.  I explained in advance that I really don't need further assistance as I'm grateful they pay my insurance premium.

Towards the end, there was a question on the new application that asks if you're compliant with all ART medications.  I answered no as I'm on HAART.  She actually asked me what that stood for.   Yeah, I'm totally comfortable with her knowledge.

wolfter
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Offline absopozilutely

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Re: ARCO
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2014, 10:33:32 AM »
I am sorry you had to go through that, but it's funny you played along. Lol
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: ARCO
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2014, 11:26:32 AM »
You only spend $150/mo (generously) on food per month?
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Offline wolfter

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Re: ARCO
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2014, 12:58:31 PM »
You only spend $150/mo (generously) on food per month?

That's $5.00 per day which even if you eat fast food is within budget.  Until recently, I probably didn't even spend $100/mo for food.  I prefer my money to be spent on things I truly enjoy....clothes.
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: ARCO
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2014, 01:00:40 PM »
That's $5.00 per day which even if you eat fast food is within budget.  Until recently, I probably didn't even spend $100/mo for food.  I prefer my money to be spent on things I truly enjoy....clothes.

Cucumbers and plums are cheap, this is true. Did you give this new case manager your White Zin expenditures? It's medicinal.
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline wolfter

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Re: ARCO
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2014, 01:06:11 PM »
Cucumbers and plums are cheap, this is true. Did you give this new case manager your White Zin expenditures? It's medicinal.

That falls under entertainment and I grossly underexaggerated.  :)
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

 


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