Category: Health Care

Ten Tweets About The New South Side Trauma Center

Late last week, the University of Chicago released the news that the south side of the city was going to get a Level 1 Trauma Center for the first time in over 20 years. Like many others, the news left me both elated and wanting more.  These ten tweets reflect those feelings. Planning for a... Read more »

Uninsured, Unemployed & Obamacare: The Conclusion

My journey with the Affordable Care Act—or Obamacare—has been an exhausting one. Yet as most of you know, it wasn’t easy.  Let’s review: After submitting an application on, I was told that the information wasn’t transferred to the state level and had to start all over again. I only found out that I had... Read more »

My HealthCare Journey Before Obamacare: Financial Assistance

Do you want to know one of the best kept secrets in healthcare pre Obamacare—excuse me—I mean pre Affordable Care Act? Some, if not most health care systems, have some type of financial assistance available for those of us who have no insurance. How else do you think those medical bills for my yearly check... Read more »

Uninsured, Unemployed & Obamacare: The Rest Of The Story

It occurred to me that I never finished my Obamacare story that I started a few months back. As I stated in a previous post, the whole process wore me out.  I had to take a step back and and clear my head. Now that I’ve done that, I’ll finish the story next week. Trust... Read more »

Uninsured, Unemployed and Obamacare: The Twist

I had gone to and completed the marathon application process. I received my eligibility results the same day (October 16th). The State of Illinois called me approximately on December 16th. The representative left a voice mail check to see if I still was interested in the program and a phone number to call back... Read more »

Uninsured, Unemployed and Obamacare: Eligibility Results

I'm told that I "may" be eligible for Illinois Family Care which is a fancy way of saying medicaid.
Almost immediately after finishing the marathon application at for the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), my eligibility result became available. Apparently, I “might” be eligible for Illinois Family Care.  That’s medicaid for those of you who don’t know. The trouble was that I was no closer to understanding what my benefits were or if... Read more »

Uninsured, Unemployed and Obamacare: The Application, Part 3

The questions continue about income.  For my particular situation, wanted to know when my unemployment ended.
This is the home stretch of my Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) application. I finally was able to complete the whole process and was able to instantly receive my eligibility status. These final screen shots start with the website continuing to verify my income and (finally) finishes with my results. The screen shots of that... Read more »

Uninsured, Unemployed and Obamacare: The Application, Part 2

The application continues with asking if you want help paying for health coverage.
This installment of the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) application starts with the applicant being asked if they need help paying for health care and ends with questions about income. Shockingly enough, the application is still many questions away from being completed. If you had (or have) a shaky internet connection like I do, this... Read more »

Uninsured, Unemployed and Obamacare: The Series Continues Tomorrow

Excuse my manners for not wishing you kind readers a Happy New Years. I’ve been a tad preoccupied with a few other pressing matters that I will discuss in later posts. A few of you have been waiting for the conclusion of my ACA/Obamacare series.  Sorry that I kept you waiting but as I said,... Read more »

Uninsured, Unemployed and Obamacare: Health Care Bills

Those routine tests can be very expensive.
Before I finish the story about my Obamacare journey, I thought I’d give you all a glimpse of reality. The first bill is for my yearly checkup and pap smear.  The second is for my annual mammogram.  The total of both bills is $1,150.00. For those of you who live in the land of deductibles,... Read more »