Are you able to work? will you be going back to work? boy... i work in the insurance field of doctors' offices and know that pretty much THE only way these days to by-pass the pre-existing thing is to get your insurance thru an employer. And i feel for you... i just quit my job to move across country and i have the high cost of Cobra too until i find another job... can truly say i COULD NOT afford the meds i take without my insurance! the Remicade infusions alone run over $4000.00 every 2 mths. Can you apply for and get disability if you're too sick to work? i send good wishes for you to find an answer .... especially if the meds are helping!!
You are brillant, as I read your post it dawned on me that I knew that about Starbucks too. Not many places have a plan that good for part-time employees.
I agree with the Disablility filing is you have been let go due to not being able to work you should look into this option.
Lots of ideas for you. Keep posting as I will be following to see what you find out. Prays of success being sent your way.