Kathy is a 59-year-old, divorced and disabled woman whose monthly income of $876 derives from SSI and SNAP. In addition, she qualifies for Medicaid. Kathy rents a room for $325/month leaving little extra to cover her personal expenses, including the many over-the-counter medicines she needs to alleviate symptoms from esophagitis and a hiatal hernia. The $50 monthly gift card from CVS will help cover Ensure, Pepto-Bismol, antacids, Tums and ibuprofen. She drives a 16-year-old Dodge Intrepid. Recently dropped from her ex-husband’s car insurance policy, she now needs to pay for her own. Adding to Kathy’s stress is credit card debt of $10,000, incurred by her mother, who is purportedly paying it down.
Written by Eileen S. Sklaroff