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Ann Manganello survives entirely off her Social Security stipend: $1,391 a month.
That doesn’t amount to much in the pricey desert enclave of Palm Springs, Calif. — especially for someone who contends with a host of expensive medical problems, including a blood vessel disorder, complications from a recent stroke and frequent bouts of colitis.
“Right now, I don’t really have the money to do much. I just stay here and that’s it,” Manganello said with a sigh, sad at the thought of being stuck in her apartment.
Because she is 71 and has a low income, Manganello qualifies for Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program for disadvantaged people, as well as Medicare, the