Tag: Health Care

Sweetened Beverage Commercials? There Are Better Ways To Impact African American Health Mr. Bloomberg

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems to be very invested in protecting the African American population of Cook County from slowly killing ourselves with sugary drinks. Per Forbes Magazine, he is poised to spend another $3 million dollars in advertising in support of the unpopular tax on sweetened beverages on top of the $2... Read more »

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 Healthcare.gov, 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 & Obamacare: I'm Exhausted

Seriously, this whole ACA/Obamacare situation has worn me out.  I’m absolutely exhausted. I even had to take a break from writing about the subject. Yet make no mistake, the story still continues.  I will document my tales of navigating the bureaucratic nightmare of this well intentioned program in March. You won’t believe what happened next. ... Read more »

Uninsured, Unemployed and Obamacare: The Twist

I had gone to Healthcare.gov 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 Heathcare.gov 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, healthcare.gov 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 »