As promised, I will continue to update you on our family’s journey out of the ranks of the uninsured thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Here’s where we are now: John, Emily, Jake, and I are fully insured through BCBST. Lorelei and William remain on TennCare which seems to be in a kind of limbo status–we haven’t heard anything from them in months. Teddy remains uninsured but I have been contacted regarding my appeal, so we’ll see. I really think it’s a glitch of some kind....more
If there's one thing that makes my blood boil, it's having my time wasted. I only have so much, and I waste enough of it myself that I really can't afford to lose any to others' incompetence.Unfortunately, one of many frustrations that come with a chronic illness—like celiac disease, which I have—is wasted time. Managing celiac disease takes a fairly large toll on my time in the form of food research and preparation—though that's, arguably, time valuably spent rather than wasted. Far more annoying, really, is dealing with doctors....more
When the federal healthcare law was passed in 2010, an opportunity existed for a healthcare market, also known as a healthcare exchange. The Exchange in Vermont is called Vermont Health Connect....more
When the federal healthcare came into effect, there was an urgent requirement for a market for health insurance known as the Exchange. The Exchange in Washington, DC is called the DC Health Link. Here, you can compare, choose and buy plans that will suit you and your family members best....more
America's healthcare crisis is hardly a new issue. In fact, the phrase 'America's Healthcare Crisis' has probably been uttered by everyone from Bill O'Reilly to Wolf Blitzer, it's cliche. When a dire problem becomes a platitude, interest wanes. Nonetheless, it is something I have thought about a lot over my hiatus and I don't think it should be forgotten....more
I can't stand hearing people discuss healthcare reform in a theoretical way.I don't think you can truly make a case one way or the other unless you have some skin in the game. If you have health insurance through your employer, it's like you're living in your parents' basement -- you might know something is going on and you might have some thoughts on it, but you're insulated from feeling the full impact of the dangerous and expensive mindfuckery involved in getting your own health insurance....more
The following was written by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services.As a mother and grandmother, I know how a mom’s voice is critical to maintaining the health of her family—and that’s true even after her kids have grown up into young adults. And as a trusted voice in the lives of their children, moms can play a vital role in getting the word out about the exciting new options for affordable, quality health coverage becoming available this fall for their children and other families in their communities. Starting October 1, people who either do not have insurance or who buy their own but are looking for new options will be able to sign up for the Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov. There, they will be able to compare easy-to-understand plans and choose the one that best suits their needs and budget for coverage that will start January 1, 2014. Many families, including young adults, will also be eligible for tax credits that can help lower the cost of their premiums....more
"You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone" may come in most handily in romance, but it works for health insurance, too. This post is part of BlogHer's Women @ Work editorial series made possible by AFL-CIO.