As of March 1st I am eligible for Medicare and Medi-Cal (California’s medicaid program). I’m eligible for Medicare since I’ve been disabled for more than 2 years, and Carol, genius sister that she is, found out about the 250 Working Disabled Program that allows me to pay a small monthly premium for full Medi-Cal coverage. This means that once I switch over to Kaiser’s Medicare/Medi-Cal program I no longer have to pay a little over $800 a month for COBRA through work, which expires in November anyway. THRILLED. Now I’m just waiting on my student loan forgiveness status. The paperwork involved in establishing all of the above is incredible. And here I thought teaching used a lot of paper… ain’t nuthin’ compared to social services.