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Economic Survival During Unemployment

Updated on June 11, 2012

Finding economic assistance


Assistance Programs

One of the main problems to deal with when unemployed is survival. How do you pay the rent? How do you buy food? What if you need medical treatment or medicine? Unfortunately, unlike most other Western nations, in the United States people can quickly go bankrupt if they need a hospital stay. Often people end up emptying out their savings or retirement funds.

However, often there are options available that people simply don't know about. The problem is, how do you know?

Many states have assistance available for people who need it. Some states are better than others. Indiana is one of those states. Hoosier Works is a food stamp program that provides plenty of assistance for those who can't afford food. They also provide financial assistance if you have children. There are other programs. If you need medicine, many drug manufacturers will provide it at little to no cost - but there will be a state program you must go through to apply.

Indiana also has the Healthy Indiana Plan, a health care program for people without insurance. Unfortunately, at the moment they only accept applications from people with children under 18 years of age.

So how do you even know about these programs in your state? One option is to talk to Legal Aid in your state. They provide free advice and assistance. Talk to your doctor. Some doctors will sharply reduce their fees if they know of your situation. Also, if assistance for medical payments is needed, they will know about it.

If you know of programs in your state, feel free to leave a comment. You may be able to help others in your situation.

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      Bob Hunter 6 years ago from Fort Wayne

      Not that I know of, but maybe the readers will know.

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      Wayne H. Reed 6 years ago

      A very helpful article. Are there any programs at the national level that would cover all 50 states?