Tuesday Tangent, it’s about profit, not your health.

I’ve been fighting with my insurance company, Florida Blue, a division of Blue Cross Blue Shield for over a year because they refuse to pay for any medical testing other than an x-ray or blood work.  They’ve sent me numerous letters stating that they know that I have brain lesions and spinal issues but they don’t deem MRI’s or cat scans a necessary medical treatment despite the fact that ALL of my doctors have said I need to have those tests yearly.

Recently MacGyver has had some neck stiffness and nerve pain which alarmed his doctor and prompted hime to order some additional tests, immediately.  MacGyver is a man who does not go to the doctor and even refused an ambulance when his hand was filleted open after  a muzzle loader accident.  He has paid into the same insurance plan for over 5 years and gone to the doctor twice.  By my best estimates the insurance company has made a tidy little profit of about 40,000 dollars just from my husband and yet they denied any and all testing ordered.

It’s become such a trend around the medical center that I go to that as soon as I mention my insurance company inevitably someone will tell me that they don’t authorize any testing outside of doctors visits.  I also find it odd that they have a representative who actually has an office inside of the medical practice that I go to.  That’s just off putting to me.

I don’t know what other peoples experiences have been but I’ve often wondered and then I read about a doctor in Mississippi diagnosed with brain cancer who needs treatment but his insurance company will not pay.


doctor with brain cancer

Go ahead and take a guess at who his insurance company is….if you guessed Blue Cross Blue Shield, you nailed it.

Enough is enough people.  I am sick of this shit.  If you pay for a service you should receive that service.  Why is it okay that they continue to profit year after year while we have to fight for basic rights?  It’s not okay.  It’s not.

If you live in Florida and have ever had a problem with your health insurance, you can go here to file a complaint.  If you have problems with your health insurance and you live in any other state, I implore you to get in touch with the proper agency and file a report.

Florida Blue has an annual revenue of 8.9 billion dollars.  The CEO, Patrick Geraghty earned almost 7 million dollars in 2013 and who knows how much he earns now.  Not bad for a not for profit organization huh?

I wish I could give people advice when they’re struggling to get their insurance to pay but the only advice I have is do your best to stay healthy and try not to ever get sick.

Have you ever had trouble getting your health insurance to pay for testing or treatment?  What did you do about it?

 

Tuesday Tangents and how not to get killed on a treadmill

So MacGyver and I put in a new floor in our home gym and we also bought some additional equipment and now we have all kinds of machines up there.   Then we ordered a mini split system so it’s not so hot up there.  Do you know what all that means?

It means I worked out 6 days last week.  Six days of weight training.  Don’t get me wrong, I would still rather be running but since I have 3 more weeks til I can do that I’m trying to develop the very good habit of weight training in the meantime.   Maybe it will last this time….

weights oh joyI wasn’t able to work out yesterday and believe it or not, I actually wanted to.  I would have rather done almost anything that what I was doing yesterday.

summonsIt really wasn’t all that bad though.  The parties ended up settling and I got to go home without serving and I’m good for another year.  YAY.

Did y’all see the video of the man running on the treadmill in the gym who almost got run over?

It kills me how she goes back to get in her car like, well this parking space sucks, I’m outta here.  And she looks like she has no concern at all for that man she almost killed.  Crazy. And where are her shoes?

This is precisely why I have a home gym and I run on my treadmill at home.  People are crazy y’all.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen happen on a treadmill?

Have you ever had to serve jury duty?  I’ve done 7 tours so far.

Tuesday Tangents

While I was waiting for MacGyver to get up yesterday morning I went for a 3 mile walk.  It was an easy paced little jaunt around the neighborhood.  An hour later I could barely put any pressure on my right foot.  I have had a minor bit of shin pain the last few weeks but nothing major.

I have no idea why or what happened but I’m going to take a break for a few days and see if it gets any better.  This should make living with me a real treat.

To celebrate his birthday last night I took MacGyver to a local cinema café to see the movie Glass and have dinner.  We loved the movie.  We have both seen Unbreakable and Split but Unbreakable was so long ago that I barely remembered it.  Split however was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.  James McAvoy is amazing.

Is there more than one man in this picture? I think not.

If you’re an actor and you are up for an award against James McAvoy you probably shouldn’t even bother to attend the awards ceremony, unless you want to congratulate James McAvoy of course.

Yesterday afternoon we watched Fyre Fraud on Hulu and at the end they talked another documentary on Netflix, Fyre: The greatest party that never happened”, which I’ll now need to watch because I didn’t realize there were two.   I had read a lot of the first-hand accounts of what happened at the festival and I knew that Billy McFarland was in prison but I really wanted to see the documentary.  If you have any doubt about what kind of influence social media has over people, watch either one of those documentaries.  Also, if I hear hashtag anything for the next day or so, I might kill you.

Have you ever purchased something based solely on what you saw on a social media account?

If you have, were you happy or disappointed with your purchase?