My Hard-Knock Healthcare Wisdom (Tips on How to Navigate the Exchange)

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It was about this time last year when I wrote, Battle To The Death.. My Death That Is, about the countless hours/days/weeks I spent dealing with insurance companies. I want to start by saying that I’m incredibly grateful to finally have medical insurance as someone who has been self-employed most of my adult life, but this recent round(s) of phone calls has me questioning a few things. Continue reading

Battle To The Death – My Death That Is…

Battle To The Death

May 18th, 2015 I stepped into the ring without signing up for the bout. 29 days later – a new meter, numerous panicked phone calls to my endocrinologist & pharmacy, an assload of money paid out of pocket, tears shed, curse words spoken – the battle is over. As the tears, sweat and blood are wiped up from the boxing ring, I wish I could write about a victorious moment that wrapped up this ridiculous situation, but that is NOT the case. My diligence and Capricorn spirit forced me to continue swinging when I was SO close to being down for the count.

I would put money on the fact that every T1D has been threw the ringer when it comes to the insurance runaround, so I felt my recent battle was one worth documenting. DING, DING, DING!

Round 1

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Tuesday Topic: Health Tips My Ass

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Not long ago, I changed my medical insurance plan because ONE of my doctors did not accept my existing package.  4 hours later and an increase of $70 a month – my policy changed.  While spending hours on the site, I opted to receive weekly health tips for diabetics.  I’ve enjoyed the tips because it gives me the laugh until you cry moment each week.

Tips from Blue Cross & Blue Shield:

  • BCBS: Limit the holiday treats you enjoy. Don’t eat too many sugary sweets.
    • ME: For love of all things holy – you shouldn’t be eating sweets.  Moderation – there is nothing wrong with a sliver of pie or half of a cookie.

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