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USAians, don't be shy

Health care reform is all very well and good, but I want all my fandom friends to be well and secure right away dammit! So I found some places that might help.

I had a boyfriend working for the 1980 Census (yes, I'm that old), and they kept him on for months after the first wave was over. So please consider applying: it can't hurt.

"The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting temporary, part-time census takers for the 2010 Census. These short-term jobs offer good pay, flexible hours, paid training, and reimbursement for authorized work-related expenses, such as mileage incurred while conducting census work. Best of all, census takers work right in their own communities."

"Census taker jobs are excellent for people who want to work part-time, those who are between jobs, or just about anyone who wants to earn extra money while performing an important service for their community."

http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/

Americans tend to be conflicted about asking for government help except when they are automatic and/or we feel we've earned it, like unemployment benefits. But we can't really be self-sufficient, not now or here. We need backup, and that's what government should be for.

The whole health care debate brought that up for me, and I've heard that many people eligible for Medicaid have not even applied. I'm sure it's a huge pain in the ass, and doesn't cover everything, but it's better healthcare than wishful thinking, health-food-store concoctions, and the ER.

"In general, you should apply for Medicaid if you have limited income and resources. (Even if you are not sure whether you qualify, if you or someone in your family needs health care, you should apply for Medicaid and have a qualified caseworker in your state evaluate your situation.)"

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicaidEligibility/02_AreYouEligible_.asp



"GovBenefits.gov is the official benefits website of the U.S. government, with information on over 1,000 benefit and assistance programs."

http://www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits_en.portal

Partner site: "Get all the benefits you deserve. Find and enroll in federal, state, local and private programs that help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, health care and other needs."

https://www.benefitscheckup.org/moreprograms.cfm?partner_id=0