Personalizing the insurance discussion
23 March 2010
- In February I was surfing the knitting community site Ravelry and came across the blog of a 30-something academic who writes about and designs knitting patterns. She had just suffered a stroke, and since then she’s been recording her experiences in rehab and describing the difficulties and small successes in re-learning how to make her body do what we all do without thinking: sitting, standing, walking, creating. One thing I recently realized she never talked about was any bureaucratic issues with insurance coverage or payment of the intensive rehab treatment she’s undergoing. No surprise, seeing as she lives in Scotland. But what a gift it is to be able to focus all your attention on getting well, and not having to concern yourself with payment, continuation of care, or treatment caps.
- I spent an hour yesterday chatting with a college senior over coffee about freelancing, copyediting, and freelance copyediting. Her largest concern wasn’t finding a job (although that will certainly be difficult in these loopy financial times) but finding herself without insurance coverage. She was leaning towards putting her dreams aside and taking any old job just so she wouldn’t be among the uninsured. (Although, after yesterday’s vote, we are at least moving in the right direction!)