I am pregnant, and now unemoyed with no medical insurance. What can I do to pay my bills and get medical care?

Question by ekalliss@sbcglobal.net: I am pregnant, and now unemoyed with no medical insurance. What can I do to pay my bills and get medical care?
I am 11 weeks pregnant and I have recently been let go from work, because I am due in Dec. during their busy time and I have a feeling they don’t want to deal with me being gone and paying me for maternity leave, which means I now have no insurance and no money. I am not yet married and I can’t depend on my boyfriend to support me yet, I wouldn’t want him to anyway. I have filed for unemployment in the mean time but what can I do about finding a job with benefits that will cover my pregnancy? Will anyone even hire me? I can’t get away with not telling anyone because I will be showing soon. I need to work, I have bills to pay, what can I do? Are there jobs out there that will still hire me pregnant? I have a lot of retail, customer service, and banking experience, and I have been working as a bookkeeper at a small accounting firm for the past year. I am hoping for some kind of administrative assistant work, or billing. Is there any hope for me?Please help!

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Answer by jennifer
First a job can’t not hire you b/c you are pregnant. is against the law. you may want to go to the nearest health department in your area and apply for medicaid. I used it and it paid for everything, things happen to good people and your baby needs medical care. good luck and congrates on your bundle of joy!

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3 comments to I am pregnant, and now unemoyed with no medical insurance. What can I do to pay my bills and get medical care?

  • shelerella

    You can still be hired on at other jobs, and you should be able to apply for Medicare to help with medical bills…

    I think the bigger question is: Did you really get let go because you were pregnant…Because that’s not legal!

    United States Department of Labor Women’s Bureau:

    Are you being treated unfairly at work because you are pregnant? Laws against sex discrimination protect pregnant workers and pregnant women applying for jobs.

    ARE ANY OF THESE THINGS HAPPENING TO YOU?
    * You aren’t hired because you are pregnant?
    * You are fired or laid off because you are pregnant?
    * You are turned down for a promotion because you are pregnant?
    * You are not given benefits for pregnancy because you are not married?

    You are not alone.
    Thousands of women who are pregnant or new mothers file charges every year with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This is the Federal agency that protects you from job discrimination.

    WHAT THE LAW SAYS
    Federal and State laws make sure that Americans are able to have children without losing their jobs. Discrimination against you because you are pregnant violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under this law, employers who have at least 15 workers are not allowed to: o Refuse to hire a woman because of pregnancy o Fire or force a worker to leave because she is pregnant o Take away credit for previous years, accrued retirement benefits, or seniority because of maternity leave o Fire or refuse to hire a woman because she has an abortion You must be allowed to keep working as long as you are able to do your job. Your boss cannot make a rule about how long you must stay out of work before or after childbirth. If your company does not offer sick leave, then it may be discriminating against pregnant workers. Your employer must treat you at least as well as he/she treats other workers who can’t do their jobs for a short time. For example, if your company lets a worker go who had a heart attack or broken leg on paid or unpaid disability leave, you must also have this right if you are unable to work because of pregnancy or childbirth. If your pregnancy stops you from being able to do your job, you have the right to be given easier duties, if other workers who can’t do their jobs for a short time get this right. Many States have equal employment opportunity laws that protect against pregnancy discrimination. In addition, the States of California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island, and Puerto Rico also pay partial wages during time off from work for medical problems, including those of pregnancy. Find out if your State has this law, which is called “temporary disability insurance.” Some employers, especially larger companies, also offer this type of insurance. Check your benefits.

    HOW MUCH TIME CAN YOU HAVE OFF?
    The Family and Medical Leave Act, gives you added protections. It went into effect on August 5, 1993. If your doctor or health care provider says you are sick and unable to work during your pregnancy, you may be able to get up to 12 weeks off without pay under this new law. You also are allowed time off for childbirth, adoption, and to care for a sick child or family member. If you take time off under this law, you have the right to the same job or a job with equal pay and benefits when you come back to work. Call the Women’s Bureau at 1-800-827-5335 for a copy of our brochure, Family and Medical Leave Act: Know Your Rights. Some States have their own family leave laws that protect your right to return to your job after time off for pregnancy-related problems or childbirth.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU ARE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST?
    1) Write down what happened. Write down the date, time and place of the incident, as soon as possible. Include what was said and who was there. Keep a copy of these notes at home. They will be useful if you decide to file a complaint with your company or to take legal action.
    2) Get emotional support from friends and family. It can be very upsetting to feel you have been treated unfairly at work. Take care of yourself. Think about what you want to do. Get help to do it.
    3) Talk to your union representative. Union rules often allow you to file a grievance. If you don’t have a union, call a women’s or civil rights group for help.
    4) Talk to your employer. Your company may have an Equal Employment Opportunity Officer or a way for you to file a “complaint.” For instance, some companies have new ways to resolve problems, like “mediation.” Check your employee handbook for procedures.
    5) Find out how other pregnant workers have been treated. Talk to any women who may have had trouble at work because they were pregnant.
    6) Keep doing a good job and keep a record of your work. Keep copies at home of your job evaluations and any letters or memos that show that you do a good job at work. Your boss may criticize your job performance later on in order to defend his or her discrimination.
    7) You have a right to file a charge. The law has a very short time limit on how long you can wait to file a charge against your company. You can file a charge even if you do not work for your employer anymore. You can file a charge with the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at 1-800-669-EEOC. Most states and local governments also have a Human Rights or Civil Rights office that can help.
    8) Find out more about your legal rights. You do not need a lawyer to file a charge with EEOC. But you may want to talk with a lawyer who specializes in sex discrimination. The State bar association or the women’s bar association in your area can refer you to lawyers. They can help you figure out what to do. They know the pros and cons of different legal actions, including the time and the cost of filing a lawsuit. YOU CAN WIN Many women have fought discrimination and have improved their work lives. The first step is to know your rights under the law. Laws give you and your coworkers the right to start a group or a union to try to get better treatment at work. You can also go to court to get back the money you lost because of discrimination. In 1991, 13,000 pregnant workers collected $ 66 million in a “class action” lawsuit. The new Civil Rights Act of 1991 gives you the right to be paid money for the hurt and the pain discrimination caused you.

    WHERE TO GET HELP
    The Women’s Bureau U.S. Department of Labor Washington, DC 20210 1-800-827-5335 TDD: 1-800-326-2577 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) 1801 L Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20507 1-800-669-EEOC TDD: 1-800-800-3302 WORKING FOR WORKING WOMEN The Women’s Bureau, part of the U. S. Department of Labor, was created by Congress in 1920. Our job is to research and promote policies to improve working conditions for women. —– Brought to you by – The ‘Lectric Law Library The Net’s Finest Legal Resource For Legal Pros & Laypeople Alike. http://www.lectlaw.com

  • SR1973

    Actually it’s not legal to fire someone just because they are pregnant. If you wanted to fight it, you could. There are a lot of jobs that hire, even though you are pregnant. I had the same thing almost happen to me on my job, but legally they had no grounds to let me go.

  • K In the House

    you might qualify for insurance from your old employer under the COBRA act. In many cases, you’re entitled to keep your old insurance for 18 months after you were let go. This should ensure that your pregnancy is not a “prior condition”. If you get a new job with new insurance, they might deem your pregnancy a prior condition. In any case, “showing” or not, you should always be honest with your (prospective) employers about your situation. You would want the same from them.

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