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SleepyBug
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   Posted 2/14/2009 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Bad news for me in the mail today, dear friends!

The Dr. that I've been going to for the past 4 years is closing up her office! I haven't used her a ton because I don't have insurance, but I have always been able to go to her for general illness requiring antibiotics and my yearly exams and bloodwork, etc. and just make payments. She has always been really wonderful about taking whatever bits of money I could afford to pay whenever I could. She's never harrassed me for money or refused to see me if I couldn't pay, which has been a huge help to me over the years. Now I'm losing her!!! sad

So now I'm super bummed and anxious because I have no idea where I'm going to find another Dr. around here so willing to work with me. Waaah!!!
love and hugs
~danielle


fibromyalgia, ibs, gerd, anxiety

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.~Carlos Castaneda

I wish you all the joy that you can wish.~William Shakespeare

Housework, if you do it right, will kill you.~Erma Bombeck


pattipanda
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   Posted 2/14/2009 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   

Awwwwww.. (Daneille).. that sucks big time!!!  So sorry.  Can you contact her office and see if she has another dr that she's referring her patients to?!?  If not, contact the hospital and see if there are any docs taking new patients.  There are SO many folks out there w/o insurance.  The medical profession needs to start working a little harder to help them out.

Sorry for your bad news.. that's really beat.

Warm ((hugs)),


Patti
 
Fibormyalgia, 4x Lyme Disease Survivor, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Dyslexia, 2 Lumbar Disk Herniations, Allergies, Bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel. 
Meds = Elavil, Tramadol, Lipitor
"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - author unknown


donnaeil
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   Posted 2/14/2009 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry. Maybe the United Way in your area can help. In addition, contact the YWCA. they are both major agencies in directing people towards low/no cost health care and medications.

Donnaeil

SleepyBug
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   Posted 2/14/2009 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, that's a good idea, Donnaeil. My family just joined the YMCA, in fact, so I will ask them about what they know next time I go in. I know our local Community Action Agency has a bi-monthly clinic where the uninsured can go for meds, but I think it's more for people who have to take meds for chronic illnessess like heart disease and diabetes but can't afford to pay for them out of pocket. So hopefully the Y has some info. Thanks for the tip!

Patti, in her letter, the Dr. said she does not have any specific Dr.'s to refer patients to, but she did give the name of a couple of internists at the hospital she works with. Only problem there is that it's 45 minutes away!

Not to talk politics here, but I have read that this new stimulus package is supposed to include some money for states so that they can give Medicaid to more people. I don't know the ins and outs of all of it, but I am SO hoping that something like this goes through. I mean, I am sorry-we just did our taxes and last year hubby and I together made a whopping $32,000 AND we have 3 kids, but we make too much money for medicaid??!!?? That just doesn't seem right. Granted, my state (Michigan) is struggling, but jeesh loiuse you'd think we'd qualify for at least some sort of help, even if it was just discounted medical services or something! Hopefully something will happen to get more people like me in this state the health coverage they need! (Just to clarify, our kids of course have Medicaid, but hubby and I can't get it...)

Bah-what a mess! I can't wait till hubby and I are done with college and can get jobs with insurance!
love and hugs
~danielle


fibromyalgia, ibs, gerd, anxiety

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.~Carlos Castaneda

I wish you all the joy that you can wish.~William Shakespeare

Housework, if you do it right, will kill you.~Erma Bombeck


pattipanda
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   Posted 2/14/2009 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   

So there's nothing, insurance wise, for students in MI???  that bites!! 

What are you studying.. I've always wondered... I know that's a little off subject.  Just curious.  I'm thinking about going back to school.. but don't know what  I want to be when I grow up (btw.. I'm 51.. LOL)


Patti
 
Fibormyalgia, 4x Lyme Disease Survivor, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Dyslexia, 2 Lumbar Disk Herniations, Allergies, Bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel. 
Meds = Elavil, Tramadol, Lipitor
"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - author unknown


SleepyBug
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   Posted 2/14/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I think there are some counties in this state where there are special programs for students and other people who can't afford insurance-they are VERY limited in what they provide, but they do exist. In fact, that's what my mom got signed up to, which got her in to see someone who said...um..something's not right here..that Dr. referred her to a specialist who would see her on payments, and THAT Dr. found out she has P.A.D! Once she was diagnosed with P.A.D, she was finally able to get Medicaid, but not before that. Unfortunately, there are no supplemental programs like that in MY county! It really sucks!

Both hubby and I are working towards our bachelor's in accounting. He plans to then go on and get his MBA 'cause he wants to run companies, but that is definitely NOT for me! I am just going to stick with the bachelor's (maybe go for the CMA, we'll see). My ultimate goal is to do the books for a non profit organization.

It's funny because I am actually a pretty spacey brain foggy person and I'm not really linear in my thinking at ALL, but for some reason I LOVE crunching numbers. I always thought I wanted to be a writer or an artist (I love to draw), but then I worked at a bank in the bookkeeping department and fell in love with it. When I'm working on accounting stuff, it is one of the only times in my life when my brain doesn't feel foggy. I just get lost in the nice orderliness of the numbers and it makes me feel very satisfied and happy for some reason. Weird! (Trust me..if you met me in person you'd say um..YOU want to be an accountant??!! lol!)
love and hugs
~danielle


fibromyalgia, ibs, gerd, anxiety

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.~Carlos Castaneda

I wish you all the joy that you can wish.~William Shakespeare

Housework, if you do it right, will kill you.~Erma Bombeck


pattipanda
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   Posted 2/14/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   

Well... that sucks that your county doesn't provide anything that would help you.  Hopefully the Stim. Package (Recovery Package) will have something for folks in your income bracket.

Accounting... YIKES ... me no likey the numbers... LOL.. but I did run a non-profit for years and the book-keeping end of things is way different than the business for profit arena.  501-c-3(s) and 501-c-6 (s) can qualify for lots of great grants.  I thought about going to school for fund raising!! LOL.. we could open shop together!!!! Make lots of $$ for well deserved agencies idea

OK.. I'm outta here for the day.. better act like it's Valentines Day.. even though hubby is snoring in his recliner right now... its a good time for me to sneak his present to him turn

Hugs to you dear neighbor friend.. someday we'll have to meet!!  Since we're practically in each other's back yard.

BTW .. I sent you an email to your hotmail acct... but the topic seems to be taken care of.

Peace!!


Patti
 
Fibormyalgia, 4x Lyme Disease Survivor, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Dyslexia, 2 Lumbar Disk Herniations, Allergies, Bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel. 
Meds = Elavil, Tramadol, Lipitor
"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - author unknown


vestabula
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   Posted 2/14/2009 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   

Danielle...I don't have health insurance either...lost it when we moved from VA to NY.  IT does bite especially when both hubby and I are in our early 60's and very uninsurable. (Unless we can afford $1600 a month for the most basic plan).  Thankfully the hubby plays tennis with a bunch of doctors and they help us out when they can...I get Lexapro samples etc.  Most states have County Health Departments that charge on a sliding scale...do you have such a thing where you live?

BTW, hubby teaches accounting for three universities.  I can go for nothing and sat through exactly 15 minutes of one class.  Holy Cwap!  I commend you for being able to look at all those numbers and not have your brain shut down.  If you looked at my check book you'd have a stroke.  I like to round things off.

And no...with all the schools he teaches for, none of them give him enough classes at one time to qualify for health insurance.  And that's the way they like it, uh, huh, uh huh!  This so called bail out plan/stimulus package is not going to affect us one bit either.  But...it is going to save the long haired swamp shrew in NC and give the folks who can afford to go to Disney Land a rail system to get to Vegas.

Huggies

donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium


getting by
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   Posted 2/14/2009 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I live in Northern Michigan and there is a program called "tencon". You might have that too. It helps with doctors and medications. Check into it. They don't tell you about it, you have to ask. I don't know why.

Hugs, Karen
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julieleaps
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   Posted 2/14/2009 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I bet I live more north in Michigan than you do, Karen!

Danielle: about a year or so ago, Blue Cross/Blue Shield created some new insurance programs that are for sale through independent agents. They start at $50 a month for young adults age 18-30. Couples can get coverage for around $150-$200 a month. The beauty of BC/BS is they cannot deny coverage to anyone, so your health won't come in to play like it would with a private insurer.

Our area also has something called the Medical Access Coalition to help folks when they are in dire straits. I would think with all the $4 scripts that Wal-Mart offers, that would be helpful. Also, one of our local drugstores is offering free antibiotics this winter to anyone that needs them. Kudos to the local businessperson who came up with that idea.

I can provide you with a website where you can do some pricing and coverage comparisons for the BC/BS health insurance if you want to email me.

I know - I was selling these policies until October, when this current flare caused me to take a disability leave.
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I had severe spinal stenosis, had fusion done on C5-7, and my life has changed. 
 
 

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