Too many Americans stereotype West Virginians as welfare bums eager to live off the public dole rather than work for a living....
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Even in benefits, fraudsters are present. Government representatives have raided the offices of the Scooter Store, a business focusing on powered scooters for disabled persons, many of which head to Medicare recipients. The business is imagined to have carried out an enormous Medicare scam. Resource for this article: *****://personalmoneynetwork****
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I know a man that applied for SS after working a lifetime. He was denied, appealed, denied again, appealed and went in front of judge and was still denied. He refiled his case but died before receiving the denial letter. Just speculation, but if he died, maybe he really was not able to work those 2 yrs prior when he had no income and was starved to death. Maybe if he could have afforded the medication, he could have lived to see his grandchildren grow up. The denial -appeal-process is a game, all the while-how many people are being paid to process paper work. Too many govt employees-write an article on that.
I doubt that "many" Americans give or care much about what goes on in West Virginia as the state has a reputation for failing grades in just about any category used for judging what state economy and educational system is up for the challenges for competing in the 21St Century. No, I don't believe that the few Americans, out of the region, who might think of the state, think of it as a place of "bums" or welfare cheats; most might have sympathy that the only way to get ahead in a place with few options for advancement is to "diddle the books". This newspaper has a fixation on "Coal" which really does confirm the stereotypical view of West Virginia as a backward looking place too fascinated and anchored by what happened in the past.
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