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  •  Coal Miners (3+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, judyms9, YucatanMan

    Not many. The mines pay really good benefits and wages.  Where else can somebody with a HS education pull down 100,000 a year?

    In my experience and I have a LOT with SSI claims the miners work as long as they can even when they are sick because the money is SO good.

    Oh and the miners would get Social Security Disability. SSI is needs based and most disabled miners would be above the I and R levels.

    •  Disabled and developmentally disabled children (3+ / 0-)
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      YucatanMan, Tamar, tardis10

      receive SSI as well.  It makes them automatically eligible for Medicaid which is key to their ongoing medical care throughout their childhoods.  It is an important part of the social safety net.

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      by judyms9 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 02:20:50 PM PST

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      •  crucial for them. Anyone with a disabled child (1+ / 0-)
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        can tell you how financially draining the care for that child is. When our son was alive, we were cruising into debt even with 2 good incomes. (We were too high income to get SSI or Medicaid, and we had private health insurance coverage from two different companies. Yet we were having a hard time financially).

        While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

        by Tamar on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 02:38:02 PM PST

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    •  The map above includes (3+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson, Tommye, tofumagoo

      Social Security Disability,SSI and those who receive both.
      You are likely aware that Black Lung is on the rise in coal country.  So yes,I still wonder how many miners are captured in those stats.

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      by tardis10 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 02:32:58 PM PST

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