Finding Work on Employ Florida

Just wanted to share a thought.  If you haven’t been accustomed to Employ Florida, do so.  If you peruse the site, you can set up a “Virtual Recruiter” that will send automatic emails for your job description right to your email.  It searches the site for you.  Almost EVERY employer advertises on Employ Florida.  That accounts for ANY TYPE of work available in Florida.  It will be your one stop for all employment postings.  There is so much available on this site.  It is free to sign up, and will take that added stress of job search out of the picture.


Living On Food Banks

Just a reminder to viLiving On Food Bankssit my other blog Living On Food Banks, for healthy recipes you can serve your family during this economic recession.  It is true, by having one site dedicated to those who try to survive on Food Stamps, and Food Pantries is a blessing.  And, yes, it is FREE.  You will be amazed at the quality of dinner served when you do a little home cooking.  Take one more stress off your plate, and check out Living On Food Banks for nutritious recipes for your family.


Living On Food Banks

Completing Your Eligibility Review – Recertifying for Food Stamps

Good news!  After hearing of many people not receiving their rectification on time, I decided to apply more than month before it was due!  And, my diligence paid off!  I went online to My Access to check if I was able to complete my review earlier, and sure enough, when I logged in it said Complete Eligibility Review.  I had received no letter yet from DCF, yet my online application was available early!  I was due again by the end of March, and I completed my review the third week of February.

That following week I did receive the review letter, but I was ahead of the game!  With so many people out of work, and the Food Stamp Agency backed up, I thought it best to give them more than 30 days.  I’ve heard it has taken as long as 45 days for some individuals when they reapply.

Well, this morning I checked the My Access site, and I’ve been approved already – benefits uninterrupted!  I can’t tell you the sense of peace and well-being I felt clicking on my determination!  One less stressor as I pave that job road again this week!  Keep your chin up, better days are coming.  It goes to say, do things early and save yourself a bit of stress!

What Is Medicaid Share of Cost?

It’s time for another Medicaid updat!.  I’d been approved for Medicaid for both my boys, but I was put on Share of Cost for myself through the DCF office.  On the DCF website, under Medicaid, you will find information on the Share of Cost program.  I have to be honest, when I received my approval in the mail, it did not give much information on the program.  I could tell from briefly searching DCF’s database, that it didn’t cover much unless I ended up in the hospital and required emergency services.

But, recently, around October that is what exactly happened.  I had a latent onset illness that began in September, unable to get to physician, I tried to “self doctor” the illness.  To my misfortune, things went up and down, and my progress grew worse.  At some point during the illness I went to the ER with chest pains.  I had hoped my Share of Cost would be met at that point.  That share of cost was a bit high at $979.  Thank goodness all the tests did make my minimum.

What I found was that as long as I made my minimum balance everything was paid. Once the balance was paid, I was bumped onto the Medicaid program for the remaining of the month.  I didn’t take much stock in my proceedings and went on to find alternate health care for my condition.  I knew I couldn’t find a doctor that accepted Share of Cost.  Who would?  You don’t know if you’re going to get paid unless you rack up the minimum deductible.  And, as I stated, it is usually quite high.  What I did find was Patience Assistance at Halifax Hospital and was luckily approved.  This Community Health Program provided free visitations to a primary care physician, free labs, and other ordered tests.  I urge you to look into all you’re local hospitals for such a program should you find yourself in the same condition.

Unfortunately, all my tests turned up negative and it looked as though I needed a specialist.  Community Clinic does not refer for pain management.  This dead-end halted my medical quest.  I was still in search for a diagnosis, and was unable to retain one.  I decided to call Medicaid personally asking what I can do.  After all, I need help to get this condition under control!  I was told that there were no doctors that will take Share of Cost due to the fact of the minimum deductible.  BUT, I can get Medicaid if I make my minimum balance early enough in the month.  She informed me to FAX my medical bills to Medicaid the minute I get them.  This would allow me more time during that same month to make a specialist appointment on the Medicaid program.  Had I known that, I would have been able to be seen in January!  I hope by sharing this, I will help another unfortunate individual.  Had I had the sense, I would have ensured my doctor ordered all those labs at the beginning of the month.

Remember, if you don’t have a doctor and are feeling quite ill, do go to the emergency room, and use that Share of Cost!  You may just meet that deductible in one visit.  Then, if it is early in month, FAX all those billings over, heck, call them to get the bill early, they have to send it!  Make sure you have your ducks in a row by ensuring you have looked on the Medicare provider list so you can make that appointment, pronto, giving you vital weeks till the end of the month to get your condition under control.  I have a list of Medicaid providers on the site.  Good luck!

Food Pantry Recipes

Just a reminder, if you are having difficulties making ends meet at the table, Living on Food Banks offers great recipes for those on a very tight budget. Visit and bookmark today to locate healthy recipes for your family during this difficult time.  I am coming up for certification next month, so I will be adding tips on how to quickly certify so that you can retain your food stamps without lapse.

Living On Food Banks

Florida Medicaid Specialty/Primary Providers

Well, you’ve made it!  You’ve been approved for Florida Medicaid!  Finally, congratulations are in order! It has taken from 30 – 45 days, but you’re in!  What a breath of relief especially if you have children.  Now, you can at least receive the medical care you and your family needs.  Steps are simple and all you have to do is follow your DCF letter to choose your health care provider.  Do take time and get on the website they offer to see ALL of the opportunities on each plan.  Dental is separate on MOST polices, so do be sure you pick a center that is close and convenient for your family.  Then check out your primary care provider that you’re interested in using BEFORE you make your Medicaid decision!  This will ensure you have both options covered.

But, should serious issues arise that your primary care provider is unable to attend, you may be unaware of specialty providers.  You can locate ALL of the specialty providers including: primary care providers, dental, hearing, and vision on the Florida Medicaid webpage.  This page is such a resource and should be bookmarked for future reference.  Most importantly, it changes every six weeks, so check back often for provider changes.

Living On Food Banks

If anyone out there is having a difficult time making ends meet on the dinner table, do visit:

Living On Food Banks

This site is full of recipes that utilize Food Pantry items.  Often you may find yourself inundated with items that are not family favorites.  This may put a new spin on these items, offering comprehensive recipes to delight your family!

Finding New Food Sources: Living On Food Banks

You know, with this $100 a month I receive from EBT, I’ve found ways to make that dollar stretch especially during this unemployment streak.  You may want to check out:  Living on Food Banks, a site I’ve created to help others going through the same financial issues.  If you have any suggestions to help others save money, make money, find bargains – PLEASE comment!  We all can learn from each other.

I appreciate all you reading out there!  I hope you can provide some help here.  I will post you!

Allow Your Voice to Be Heard

Dear Reader,

Please note that this blog was set up for you!  Feel free to comment, and add your story to this blog.  Sometimes it just helps to write things down when you are going through an awful situation.  I wanted to allow traffic here so that fellow bloggers feel comfortable to add your own story and help others.

My trek with Florida Food Stamps Complaints was not an easy one.  In fact, to date, I receive only $100 a month for 3 members in my household.  This is after extensive research and provided information.  I am on Unemployment, now part of the dislocated workers of America, and struggle daily to make ends meet. 

My children were approved for Medicaid, but I only made “Shared Cost”.  I will provide more information on this in upcoming blogs.  Furthermore, I will add information as rules and regulations change in DCF.  Check back often, and find the most up-to-date information on the Internet.

In the meantime, COMMENT!  I will add you to our list.

Important Papers Required for Florida Food Stamps

 At some point, after your initial application on My Access, you will be asked to supply important paper work.   Below you will find a list of commonly used forms and a brief detail of each.  This will help you gather all required information for you case determination.


Proof of Child Support IncomeBest served if you go to Florida Child Support Enforcement. Most case managers will require you visit your local Florida Child Support Enforcement Agency to have the official determination faxed to them.  They will gladly do this for free once you talk to an officer.  If you get to your facility when they open, lines are less and you can be in and out quickly.


Verification of Employment /Loss of IncomeThis form enables you to show proof of income if you have no paychecks available.


Financial Information Release:  This form authorizes permission for any bank, building association, employer, insurance company, Real Estate Company, government agency or financial institution of any kind or character, to disclose information to DCF. 


Income Verification Request:  The form is sent to any agency that is providing you income.  It authorizes the agency such as AWI to release information pertaining to the amount of income you receive.

You can FAX these on Florida Food Stamps handy dandy FAX sheet with the FAX number provided in your Notice of Case Action letter.  Other forms you may be required to fill out can be found on the DCF website.