Scarey, unconfirmed news

By Latest Reply 2008-10-26 02:19:19 -0500
Started 2008-10-17 22:51:00 -0500

We have just been told by my husbands co. insurance has more than doubled, and we will have to be responsible for the overflow.
And in the past they have always matched our payment 50% so that we could get good coverage for our famiy and direct needs; And what about co-pays, out of pay, out of pocket, same thing, no doubtedly they will all go up,too. What are we to do for proper health care and supplies? It really is scarey. I thought healthcare was supposed to be the #1 issue of the presidential debate, suddenly, Joe Plumber is more important. How is he going to help us; well he did take the opportunity to inject healthcare, but what is the true news focus there; certainly not his questions, instead his backround,
And i have been fighting with Medicare Part B for 5 years; One month I am eligible, so they take out two months payments, and then they say I am not elligible. I want to straighten this out and have even written to the governor of NJ after all the other resources I contacted could not help. I just want the part B, and I want someone to straighten this out. Is anyone else having this problems, or seeing them as an upcoming reality.?

7 replies

DonnaAnn 2008-10-26 00:02:00 -0500 Report

Another aspect of this whole thing is divorce. so many woman do not have jobs or do have jobs that are part time and no insurance. i know, I am one of them. there are agencies out there that can help. but , try to get on them! Lawyers and doctors hands are tied up to a certain point. divorce is on the rise, and woman will be getting hurt in the long run. I dont want to sound feministic, but this is so true.

2008-10-26 02:19:19 -0500 Report

You are so right, but you can ask the lawyer to have him cover your insurance as part of the settlement; have been there, even got him to cover my car insurance. It is worth a dry if you are not divorced or starting procedures

GabbyPA 2008-10-20 06:58:45 -0500 Report

The health of our nation is as frightening as the healthcare system. My husband is on Medicare A&B, and his D just bellied up. He was in the process of getting his allowed wheelchair, and now we have to start all over again. Sometimes, I am just as gald I don't have any insurance. At least I just know I can't afford it, and I am not decieved into thinking I can and then have the rug pulled out from under me.

It is a very frigetening prostpect and I don't know what will really help. Get rid of the HMO's for starters and let the doctors do thier jobs. What a concept.

marvinvwinkle 2008-10-20 07:04:57 -0500 Report

In 1977, the state said our if we paid so much that year and did not get a raise, we would never have an increase in insurance. It(insurance) has gone up every year since.

enigmalady777 2008-10-20 11:04:58 -0500 Report

Until the US decides to let doctors, not insurance companies determine a patient's treatment, more people are going to die needlessly.

Here's a horrendous story from another website:

"HMOs Decide 57-Year-Old Husband's Life Not Worth Saving

"My late husband was diagnosed in July of 2005 with a brain tumor," recounts Cheryl Scott, RNn of Sacramento, Calif. "He had double coverage from two major healthcare systems–one through his retirement from his past job, and another through my insurance."

"When he was diagnosed in our first year of marriage with glioblastoma at the age of 57, both HMOs denied him options for radiation and chemotherapy. Both systems told my late husband, Bob, that if he were 40 years old they would provide these accepted treatment options for glioblastomas, but they denied him these options because he was almost 60 years old. They would only provide palliative care. He had been in perfect health all of his life. This was his first problem other than a sprained ankle. He died six months later."

It is SICKENING that these things happen in the United States of America, a country that is supposedly one of the "richest" and "technologically advanced" in the world.

The only thing that prevails in this country is the overwhelming prevalence of GREED.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-10-20 11:19:10 -0500 Report

My AAUW Branch featured Kathleen O'Connor from Seattle who spoke about her grass roots organization called CodeBlue whose goal is to make healthcare and health insurance honestly affordable and administrated for all Americans. Google CodeBlue and learn what you can do to get on her band wagon. She said that women's voting, civil rights, and a couple of other issues occurred because of citizen involvement, not political involvement. We cannot wait for the politicians of either party to get the ball rolling. Roosevelt could have added health care to Social Security in 1932 but didn't I can't remember why)… the reason Clintons' bill didn't pass was that there was no citizen involvement.

caspersmama 2008-10-18 02:17:10 -0500 Report

My hubby's insurance rates are going up and our co-pays and prescirption are as well. I do hope the next president does something about this.
But all of us on social security got good news this week. We are getting about a 63 dollar raise in January and our medicare payments will not go up. Yippeee!!!!

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