After all of the fighting I finally was approved for Medi-Cal (Medicaid in CA speak). Still have to pay close to $1,900 a month before anything kicks in so now the real juggling begins (only allowed $600 as a single person against my income which doesn't leave much for necessities). First visit with a new doctor who was very concerned about my current state of health affairs and wants me into an opthamologist ASAP since my right eye (retinopathy) is and has gotten worse. Labs tomorrow will reveal more but I have a sinking feeling I know what is going to be said and it won't be pretty. But at least I have something, which is better than nothing. Make me appreciate when I had good, decent health insurance before I couldn't afford COBRA. Keep fingers crossed and prayers coming because I am not going to stop fighting, even if the wallet becomes extremely small. Now to all of tuFriends out there. I need help to try to pay for my SOC (share of costs) to cover me and it's not easy. I've been searching some of the PAP (patient assistance) programs out there but all seem to lead me back to Medicaid only which - bluntly - stinks because as some of us know after you pay rent, utilities, etc., well you get the picture. Any help is appreciated.