I just wrote a letter to the director of community health and services in Michigan. I don't know if I told anyone here, but they were way past my deadline for approving or denying me for insurance and because of that, I am now past the cutoff for vision and dental coverage. I'M PISSED. If they were on time, I would have been able to see a dentist and an eye doctor!
Here's the letter...tell me what you think - I wrote it in about
a minute and hope I didn't leave anything out. Just tell me if it sounds convincing or typical!
Hello Ms. Olszewski,
My name is Jennifer (my last name). I am 24 years old, and I just became insured through the state under the Medcaid Adult Benefit Waiver Program. I applied for this service at the end of April 2009 and was told that my deadline is June 15, 2009. I was not contacted again with the news that I was approved until Friday, July 10, 2009. I have been without insurance since I was 19 years old, and I have Chronic Lyme Disease and other health issues as well. I desperately need to see an optometrist and a dentist, as it has been years since these services were covered and because of my condition, I have been unable to work.
I found out on my own that such services were terminated as of July 1st, 2009. Had my caseworker been on top of things, I would have had the last 15 days in June to cover these appointments, and now I am suffering because of someone else's neglect and/or busy schedule (but a deadline is a deadline, right?).
I am wondering if there is any way you can help me figure out where to go from here or if there is something I can do.
I spent an entire month being patient with the DHS, putting my own medical needs aside out of consideration for their busy schedules and extreme case overload. I don't see how this is really paying off for me. In fact, I feel that if I had been more tenacious that maybe more could have been accomplished and contacting you would have been avoided.
Thank you for taking the time, and I hope to hear from your or someone in your office soon regarding this matter.
I greatly appreciate it.
Current treatment (began June 10th 2009):
Biaxin 1000mg/day, Pulsing Flagyl 500mg/day 1 Week Every Month
"...and isn't it a kind of madness to be living by a code of silence when you've really got a lot to say...?"