Dangerously Uncovered

Happy 2017 everyone!

I know I haven’t updated this blog in seemingly forever. Sincere apologies (I’m embarrassed about this)! 2016 was one of the most challenging years I’ve ever experienced, I’d argue, and it used up a lot of my time, energy, and health. I know I’m being vague here, but I’ll explain more in following posts. I’m really glad that a new year is finally here and I hope it will be happy and healthy for everyone!

That said, here’s a recently published article of mine on rheumatoidarthritis.net about the issue of rising and unaffordable out-of-pocket costs for people who currently have health insurance. I know I’m not alone is having to deal with this issue.

“Health Insurance & RA: Dangerously Uncovered”

I’ve lived most of my adult life being “dangerously uncovered” even while having health insurance. I know that the fate of our country’s health insurance is on shaky ground right now; it will be interesting (and hopefully not alarming) to see what happens in the near future with the Affordable Care Act and the Trump administration.

Small town care

Osakis, MN 2010

Check out this story from Minnesota Public Radio:

“Doctor as renegade – accepts cash, checks, eggs or pie, not insurance”

It’s about a small-town “renegade” doctor who is passionate about her job and lets patients pay with whatever they can afford, whether it’s cash, check, or eggs from the farm. My friend told me about the story this morning which is perfect timing since I’m driving up to Osakis tomorrow to spend the weekend there. I’ve loved this little town for years and it’s great to see one of its residents making the news for doing something good for the community. As a patient myself, who is continually fighting against rising health insurance costs and just the health care industry in general, Dr. Wasson is certainly a breath of fresh air.