jennywren: (tdbar)
( Tuesday, July 18th, 2006 09:34 pm)
The article I was interviewed for in The Chronicle of Higher Education is out now :) You can see the picture of me they chose to use here (this week only). The picture is me looking dismayed/distressed at my medical bills. If you have online access to The Chronicle, you can read the article there. Otherwise many libraries and academic institutions subscribe to it. If you have no way at all to access the article, let me know, and I'll see if I can hook you up!

The article is ok. It isn't as entirely accurate (at least about me) as I had hoped, but hopefully it will make the issue more widely known and maybe something can be done about it. I know health insurance and the health care system is a huge problem, not just for students. I'm not sure what the solution is, but I know the way it is now in the United States just isn't working. I am so fortunate to have been treated at a hospital which does indigent care and has a HCAP program to take care of many of the bills that my insurance would not cover. However, similarly to many uninsured people, I am reluctant to go to the doctor when I do have a problem, because I am not sure how I will pay for the care.
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( Thursday, June 15th, 2006 12:11 pm)
Yesterday was pretty exciting for me.

Tuesday night I had an email notification about a comment on one of my lj entries. It was the entry in which I ranted about my health insurance and medical bills. A reporter from The Chronicle of Higher Education had found and read this entry. She is writing an article on student health insurance and wanted to interview me. I think that is great: anything to shed some light on the situation and help others in this kind of situation.

She called me yesterday afternoon, and we talked for quite a bit. She asked all about my illness and surgeries, about the insurance and the bills, and about how I'm dealing with it all. She says she's heard other complaints about the insurance company that our school chose. I think she was surprised when I told her I thought I would have been better off without any insurance at all. I gave her contact information for the person at school she could talk to. She said they will want to take a picture of me, so a local photographer will be contacting me. The article will be out in the next few weeks. I'll let you know!

I don't necessarily think it will be bad publicity for MTSO, and the school rep. seemed excited about me doing the interview and about answer questions for the reporter. We shall see how it all turns out!


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