A few months ago, Michael Fantasia sat at Ellen Novogrodsky’s desk at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, resigned and frustrated. He did not know what the financial benefits counselor could do for him, but he figured it was worth a shot.
He’d already explored several other avenues—Social Security, advice from his doctors, etc.—all to no avail. The 48-year-old graphic production artist was still unemployed—after being laid off in February—and was barely able to pay his rent. He could not afford the extension of his employerbased
health insurance through COBRA.
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