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#304443 - 12/15/17 09:17 PM Re: Round Table for December 2017 [Re: Greger]
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My wife is in Medi-Cal Hell: She made a mistake on the Covered California website reporting our income. She thought they wanted just wage income so she put in zero, though we do have considerable income from other sources. Covered California sent her to Medi-Cal (though we don't qualify) and Medi-Cal won't release her back to Covered California even though she has fixed the Covered California record and submitted a sworn statement we have too much income.

She has been trying for months to escape! She keeps on being referred to phone numbers that nobody answers or their answering system says a case worker will call you back and they never do. I've seen quite a few of comments to this effect from other people trapped like this. One case worker told her she doesn't have the authority to release her but offered her Medi-Cal, which I believe is felony welfare fraud!

I think we need the state Attorney General to investigate.

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#304445 - 12/15/17 11:44 PM Re: Round Table for December 2017 [Re: Greger]
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Ron Thomas on Facebook

Ron Thomas is with Phil Hoskins.
November 30 at 9:04am ·
It is with overwhelming sadness that I announce the passing of Phil Hoskins, my husband of nearly 22 years, who left us exactly one week ago, shortly before 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

I have spent this past week in shock and sadness, but most importantly, working with a core group of friends preparing an amazing celebration-weekend of his life, appropriately entitled “PhilFest.”

On Saturday 12/16 we will hold a traditional memorial featuring testimonials and tributes from family and friends, as well as a photo collage, video and live vocal tribute honoring Phil’s unique and diverse life. Saturday’s memorial will be immediately followed by a catered reception.

“PhilFest” continues on 12/17, Sunday afternoon, with an uplifting celebration (after all, he told me he ultimately wanted a big party &#128522;). Sunday will feature hors d'oeuvres, dancing, tributes, legendary DJ Chris Cox of Thunderpuss fame, and performances honoring some of Phil’s favorite music.

I will be setting up an event page shortly with invites for each event, and please let me know if you want to join us for one or both of these celebrations.

In loving memory of Phil,

Ron Thomas
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#304451 - 12/16/17 05:56 AM Re: Round Table for December 2017 [Re: Greger]
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One of our best. We'll miss you, Phil.

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#304452 - 12/16/17 06:53 AM Re: Round Table for December 2017 [Re: Jeffery J. Haas]
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Wow. I had observed that Phil had not been “around” here much recently. I can’t have claimed to have ever known him nor had much interaction with him on this site over the years.

A few PM’s from time to time.

Nevertheless this news indeed serves to deliver a great sadness at the finiteness of everything. And how transitory everything is, no matter how permanent it might seem at the time. I “lost” my wife of 41 years in March of 2016. That sadness and loss is still haunts me. And I feel that loss for Phil. An internet friend-- but a friend never the less.

“Funny” how that works.
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#304455 - 12/16/17 12:46 PM Re: Round Table for December 2017 [Re: Ken Condon]
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Phil added a special sauce to RR.
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#304466 - 12/16/17 04:45 PM Re: Round Table for December 2017 [Re: Greger]
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Rest in Peace Phil. Bow

Phil and I shared meals together whenever I'd go to El Lay and visit the folks. Phil even met Sam. smile

Chris Cox is dj'ing Phil's memorial? I'm jealous that I can't be there. blush
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#304481 - 12/17/17 12:04 AM Re: Round Table for December 2017 [Re: Greger]
Jeffery J. Haas Offline


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Registered: 08/03/04
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I'm going to the Sunday Philfest Day 2...could not get out there today for the memorial, had to deal with contractors.
I'll try to do my best to represent the Ranters.
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#304484 - 12/17/17 12:24 AM Re: Round Table for December 2017 [Re: Greger]
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Thank you Jeff. I tried to get a visit in, but failed, to my eternal regret. Phil was, for me, a mentor and friend from the time I took up the challenge of being a Moderator. He was a fellow lawyer, so we had a bond over the honorable practice of the profession, and a similar outlook on what was most important. Although we never met in person, he was, for me, an inspiration and a model of decorum. I'll miss him terribly.
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#304488 - 12/17/17 01:32 AM Re: Round Table for December 2017 [Re: NW Ponderer]
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Registered: 08/02/06
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I was a moderator with Phil a while back here. He intimidated me a bit but he also steadied me. I liked him so much. He taught me so much.
Trouble in my own life right now....almost lost my husband, an illness to last for a while....
The cloud of losing Phil hurts.

If any can get word to Ron from me, please tell him....I am so very sorry.

ps I must mention his "colorful" and "out of the box" lifestyle suits me and where I live to a t. Always and forever. Do what you love. Be what you are.
PHIL I will miss you!!!
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#304512 - 12/19/17 12:41 AM Re: Round Table for December 2017 [Re: Greger]
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Registered: 03/12/12
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Loc: Orange County, California, USA
I just now found out about Phil's passing. I never met him. He was so kind and respectful toward me online.

RIP, dear man.

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