Thursday, April 01, 2010
Happy Day, No Foolin'
I am so happy today. Seriously! The reason? As of today my family is covered by health insurance again. When Dylan was laid off last September, our health insurance went out the window along with his job. We had no income & there was no way that we could afford an insurance plan on our own. We're talking $800 - $900 per month here. So we really had no choice but to go without for the last 6 months. And I will note here that both Dylan & I were applying for jobs. I would have gone to work in order to help provide for our family & to gain insurance.
It took a while, but we were able to get the girls on medicaid, although we never ended up using it. Prior to the medicaid coming through, we did take advantage of a $10 per visit kids clinic here in town. Thank heavens for wonderful organizations like that! We had one antibiotic prescription that cost us about $200 without insurance. But for the most part we were extremely blessed & lucky to not have any major incidents.
Our daily prayers consisted of "Please help daddy to find a job." and "Please bless that we can be healthy & nobody gets sick." The Lord heard our pleading. Every time we got in the car I would worry that we'd get in an accident & our lives would be devastated by medical bills. Seriously. I think we settled into it & got used to it but the worry was constant for me. I couldn't let the kids just play without fear that one of them would break a bone.
I really do not want to get into politics here, but I think most who know me know that I am happy about the recent heath care bill. While it's not my ideal, I think it is good for our country & I am happy that reform is beginning to take place. There is a ton of confusion about the bill. It is not socialist. If you really understood it, you'd realize that it's really continuing to feed capitalism. The insurance companies are not going to be hurt here as they gain more clients. But I feel that it can only continue to get better & improve from here. Had there been an affordable option for us during that time of unemployment, I would definitely have bought into it. Being jobless during such a horrible economic period is stressful enough. For heaven sakes it would have been wonderful to at least have the peace of mind that we could go to a doctor if needed.
Really, I wanted to share this, but I don't want to open up the gate for political arguing & fighting. I don't want it to take place here in my happy place. I will delete your comment if you start to get confrontational. Sorry, to be this way. Just want to keep the positive, happy feeling that exists here on the Sparkle Power blog.
But I am happy, happy today. So happy! Sadie can go to the eye doctor (she should have gone in Jan.), we can get to the dentist & the girls can get their well checks. Life is good.
Celebrate this happy day with us by downloading Dylan's new monthly mix. It is awesome!!! I think it may be my favorite ever! :)