There should be more laws to protect diabetics

By ayled21 Latest Reply 2011-08-24 17:09:44 -0500
Started 2011-07-16 21:18:34 -0500

Hi Everyone I have a Masters Degree and I recently lost my job and medical benefits. I am a type 1 diabetic and I feel that medical insurances do not consider our medical needs for insulin and other supplies. More lawyers should take our cases to go to court so we can have medical rights due to our condition, which is delicate and it is no game.

9 replies

Armourer 2011-07-18 03:50:19 -0500 Report

First I really am sorry. I often get mad over being on disability for other problems, but when I consider that I still have insurance and what it does to help by paying 70% of med cost, I cool off and count my blessings. 2, Amen to what you said.

JoleneAL 2011-07-17 05:19:28 -0500 Report

Well I'm sorry that you lost your job, but again it just proves having a Masters Degree in anything doesn't guarantee a job. I don't know why you were let go from your job, down sizing, or what not - but if you had benefits, you are eligible for Cobra. Yes, its expensive, but its a tie over until you get another job, go on Obamacare, or find your own insurance. I hope you didn't turn it down! As for medical rights - you are crawling into an area that I won't go to.

camerashy 2011-07-16 23:58:34 -0500 Report

Uh - yeah. Insurance (or rather lack of) is why I'm still working. I'm old enough to retire, but will never be old enough to afford insulin without a really good drug program on my insurance.

tabby9146 2011-07-17 19:47:11 -0500 Report

it's sad. The way our country is today. when I am old enough to retire, there won't be social security, and SS is threatened now I worry about my mom that is all she has to live on. I doubt I and my husband can retire at all in our 60s or even 70s, if we live that long, the way things are today.

Richknowbody 2011-08-15 09:59:47 -0500 Report

A quote I heard from Ayn Rand yesterday that I really liked: Capitalism was invented in the United States, she was born in Russia and emigrated to the US.
But it makes me wonder, who invented the idea of retirement?
Is it mentioned in the bible?
LBJ raided the SS fund in 1964, it was overflowing with cash before this, he made it a general fund, now, it is bankrupt,
If LBJ had not raided it in 1964, you would have been able to use it.
I mean, money is taken out of it for purposes other than SSI, and retirement, on a continuing bases.

VaHermit 2011-07-17 18:57:03 -0500 Report

I have a medicare complete plan which I pay nothing more than what I pay for Medicare and I have no copay as long as my medications are on 1 or 2 tier of the formulary. I do have a copay for specialist and xray and er/walkin/hospital stay and if I ever do have to use them I do not know how I will pay the bills. I sympathize with you many of my friends are doing just as you are working to keep 1/2 way decent insurance. I wish you well

jayabee52 2011-07-16 23:40:33 -0500 Report

Howdy ayled WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!
Sorry to learn you've lost your job. Med. insurances many times look only to their "bottom line". But I really doubt if more laws are the answer to the problem. Sometimes I think thegreere are too many laws on the books, and the lawyers and judges pick and choose the laws they want to enforce and which they don't. But that's just my opinion. I agree that this is no game, but the legal system is often in such a bad situation that lawyers and judges do play games with out lives. I don't have the answers to this particular question.

I pray you find a job worthy of your Masters degree real soon.

Blessings to you and yours, ayled.

James Baker

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