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Old 12-07-2006, 08:52 PM   #1
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Lime n Violet fans...
For those of you who are Lime n Violet podcast fans I wanted to bring something to your attention. Recently Miss Violet found a lump in her breast. Because her insurance company SUCKS, she is not able to make an appointment to get it checked out because that would cost $1000. They have started a few ways for people to help out... a) Lisa Souza has dyed a "Violet's Pink Ribbon" sock yarn where a proceed will go to paying for Miss V's bill. b) also any items through the Lime n Violet etsy shop will benefit too. c) finaly you can also just click on the donate button on their website to donate that way too.

To find out more check these links:
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http://lisaknit.typepad.com/tiltawhirl/

Thanks everyone!
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Old 12-07-2006, 09:45 PM   #2
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When I read this post my first thought was, "$1000? For a doctor's appointment?" I went and read, and to clarify, she has a $1000 deductible to meet before her insurance will pay any portion of her care, and they won't waive it even though there are only three weeks left in the year.

Thanks for posting, I totally would have missed this.
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I didn't think to explain that very well, thanks for clearing that up Julie! It shocks me how crappy insurance companies can be. I think mammograms should be covered just like yearly physicals.
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Old 12-07-2006, 10:54 PM   #4
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MOST insurance companies do anymore I think. That is surprising that hers doesn't. BUT now that so many companies are going to "consumer driven" plans most plans are fairly cwappy anyway.

It isn't terribly surprising though, considering that we had to fight forever to get most companies to allow the Pill to be covered when Viagra was covered almost as soon as it was approved.
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A lot of health insurance plans still don't cover the pill, and many other kinds of birth control. It is infuriating. Before I was laid off, I thankfully had very good insurance. Because of being at high risk for cervical cancer I had to get paps every 6 months. Unfortunately, since I am no longer working I'm not sure what I will do when that 6 month mark rolls around...
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You have to pay for mammograms and pap smears???

Times like these I'm SO glad I live in Australia....
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it just depends on the policy. a lot of them are now offering well woman plans that cover that thing but not all of them yet. a lot of times it is dependent on whether or not the company a person works for wants it covered.
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Originally Posted by misstialouise
You have to pay for mammograms and pap smears???

Times like these I'm SO glad I live in Australia....
Me too - but the UK .... the pill is free too.
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I believe it also depends on state law as to whether or not insurance companies are required to pay for preventive/diagnostic services. I think that may be the case in Minnesota. Even then, companies who privately insure their employees may not be required to follow certain laws. The whole US system of health insurance is so screwed---I hate the fact that health insurance is tied so specifically to employment. I know people who would switch jobs in a heartbeat, to something that they would excel in, but don't because their health benefits would change.

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Totally -- when my DH talks about looking for a new job, my first thought is of health insurance.

And men (who characteristically don't go to the dr. as much) can tend to gloss over the insurance details...I have a friend (young family, definitely in the childbearing years) whose DH took a job, then they found out that the health insurance didn't cover anything related to obstetrics.
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