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  •  As another member of your union (9+ / 0-)

    (I'm in WGAw and my husband is in WGAe)  I second your gratitude.

    Meanwhile, my husband's ex is uninsured.  She was on my husband's insurance until ten years after the divorce but after that lapsed, she decided she couldn't afford coverage on her own.  She has had a couple health scares in the past two years and we decided it was in all of our best interest to buy her health insurance.  We cannot let the mother of his daughter/my stepdaughter be caught up short if something terrible happens.  After all, if something happens, we will of course do the right thing and our bank could be broken, on top of hers.

    So we've been pricing.

    Oh. My. God.  Just the basics - major catastrophic medical - for a woman over 55 --

    --really puts the fact that we are all covered so well by WGA and DGA into perspective.  I've been moaning about the increased co-pay costs of prescriptions, but knowing what uninsured (or less well-insured) people suffer for their meds, I know I should shut my gob.  

    I remember the years before I was in the Union, paying Blue Cross the quarterly equivalent of a car payment.

    Thank God for Unions...and thanks for the reminder that we need to KEEP fighting for them!

    Praying your little one gets well soon...

    "There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS." - Gandhi

    by hopesprings on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 09:43:03 PM PST

    •  Good luck on the insurance search (1+ / 0-)
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      What a self-less thing you are doing.  Check into whether or not she's eligible for some type of group insurance.  For example, some freelance professions have group insurance available if you're a member of an organization.  Often the membership costs much less than the difference in one month's premium between group and individual insurance.

      •  Unfortunately she does not have (1+ / 0-)
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        any career (she doesn't really work; walks/sits dogs for cash)...but we've found something that will work if she can prove she worked one day in the past year, which she is going to do (work one day) through another friend's company.  

        The sooner the better.   I learned my lesson about not having health insurance about 3 months after I graduated college.  While I was in college, I was on my parent's insurance.  When I got out,  I didn't really think about needing it (I mean, come on...I was 21 years old!  Immortal!).  

        Then a drunken guy made a left turn into me at a stoplight and there I was - with hospital bills, rehab bills, the whole deal.

        Oh - my car insurance (also had been on my parent's through college) had also lapsed.   Hadn't even realized that.   My car - a $3000 Datsun B210 I'd had through college - was totaled.

        Fortunately I got a settlement from the guy, but not until nearly three years later.  

        Lesson learned.  From then on, I drained my bank account if necessary to pay the Blue Cross quarterly until I made it into the union.   And car insurance - NEVER be without it.  Never.  It's a rip off, but it's a necessity.  And in many states (including California, where I lived then) it became a legal necessity as well.  Fortunately it was not illegal to be uninsured when my accident happened.

        "There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS." - Gandhi

        by hopesprings on Mon Jan 26, 2009 at 08:21:18 AM PST

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