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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Really did it

It took a few days, but I really did drop my medical plan. Since my insurance was handled through my former job as a firefighter, I had to deal with City Hall. That’s never fun. We played phone tag for a day and a half. Then I went down to the offices.

Back when I first worked for the department, if I needed something done at a city office, I just walked in to the right office. Usually the doors were left open. If they were busy with someone else, it was usually a short wait. No biggie. Back then they knew what they were doing too.

The person I had to deal with had only been handling insurance about two weeks. They recently added it on top of her other duties. I really tried to cut her some slack. The city workers are the lowest paid in the state, and it shows. You get what you pay for.

Today all the offices are behind security doors and bullet proof glass. Times have changed. First the Police station put in security measures. Not long after, City Hall did. Of course, the Fire Department doesn’t have any security. Doors are unlocked and people walk right in. I guess most people still love firefighters.

Of course, they don’t love former firefighters enough to provide reasonably priced medical insurance. That’s life.

Some of the money saved from canceling my outrageously expensive insurance plan will be put aside for medical expenses. The rest will go towards improving my lifestyle.



  1. Don't blame you one bit. Hope you never have to use what you put aside for medical.

  2. Good for you. But, take good care of yourself.

  3. Glad you managed to get it all done in just one visit.

    Now as long as you never have to use it!

  4. Oh if I could only ditch my health "insurance". Costs me nearly 400 bucks a month, and we don't use anywhere near that much in medical care. In fact, none of us have been to the doctor since I sprained my ankle back in February. That didn't cost anywhere near the $1,800 I've spent on "insurance", not even counting the out of pocket costs for that visit. But I'm not "allowed" to drop the insurance unless I get another policy with similar "benefits", which would cost as much or more as what I have now...

  5. The straw that broke the camel's back is when it rose up to nearly $1000/month. That's just crazy. I'm on a fairly limited income.

  6. Congrates on the savings. i dont have any insurance myself if you take the paper keep an eye out for ads for free screenings and mobile checkups that local hospitals and the red cross do for fairs and blood drives can alert you to some things to.