January 31st, 2008

20111112, Marilee

Unusual Encounters

I walked too much yesterday and my muscles cramped last night. I took flexeril and slept until 3pm.

1) I got an invoice yesterday from the local hospital counseling center. I'd gone for two visits in February 2006 for a recommendation for a new antidepressant (my then-primary -- one of the reasons she's then- -- just said to see psych and they didn't have any appointments open, so they referred me out). I spent the first appointment giving him medical history because doctors need to know that before they give you meds. I could tell partway through that he thought I was making this up. When I came back the next week, he was very abrupt. He'd heard from my then-primary that it was all true. He said he'd suggested she order Cymbalta. I never heard anything else from them until yesterday.

The invoice isn't detailed; it doesn't show me who paid. For all I knew, both Medicare and Kaiser had paid and I was going to have to remind them about the law that they couldn't ask me to pay the rest once Medicare and a secondary insurance paid. I tried to call last night and had to leave a message, so I took the invoice down to the bookcase part of the headboard last night. Indeed, they called me back while I was asleep. However, I was wrong about arguing. The woman said they had only billed Kaiser and not Medicare and they would bill Medicare and I had no responsibility for anything left. That went pretty well.

b) When I got online, I found email from Zenni questioning the Cyl (astigmatism) value of what I'd entered. I went and looked at their confirmation of order and I'd entered what the Rx said, so I scanned the Rx and uploaded it and replied to them and said "Look at the Rx." They seemed to think my amount of astigmatism was unusual. Just to be sure, I pulled the Rx for the current glasses and the Cyl is actually a bit higher in both eyes in that one, so my astigmatism is a bit better than last year.

iii) I got a knock on the door and answered it. A young man told me he was with a group trying to improve health care in Virginia and then handed me a petition to sign. The top line said "Healthy Virginia - an operation of the AFL-CIO." Now, the AFL-CIO is not my favorite union these days, but even if it was, I wasn't signing a petition without knowing more about what I was signing. I told the young man that I would investigate it on the web and take action as I beleived appropriate. He acted like he didn't believe me, but I did try to look it up. I can't find anything on the AFL-CIO site with "Healthy Virginia," but I did find "Healthy America" which basically is against health savings plans. I agree that HSPs are not the right answer, but I can communicate that to candidates and leaders myself.

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