“I am a 21 yr Lupus Survivor. My illness makes me a liability to companies if I work full time because I miss so many days for hospitalizations, appointments, etc. But being an IC allows me the freedom to pick and choose my schedule. It puts me in control of how much money I make. It also keeps me OFF Disability and independent of gov’t care and insurance. I have pride and pay for my own private insurance out of pocket because my income is so much higher as an IC. I can also afford to pay for my mental health services which are critical when dealing with chronic illness. If you pass this law I will lose my contract providing communication access to Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations. This bill would hurt the government in terms of putting me on disability and others like me.”