For Good or For Ill, Health Care Spending Is My Vice

Between work, life, relationship, and school stress I had enough maladies real or imagined to keep me going to various healers, medical or otherwise.

Money in Your 30s

In the Washington Post, Jonnelle Marte writes about our money worries in our 30s, and some goals to try reaching.

One Year Closer to the ‘R’ Word

Two More Reasons to Feel Awkward About Using Uber

Why We Are Moving To Canada This Week

This should go well. Let’s talk about health insurance.

The ACA and My Obstetrician and Me

So as previously mentioned I am growing increasingly pregnant with each passing day, and today I had an appointment with my OB-GYN. On the agenda for this morning was first to chug 10 oz. of a drink called Glucola™, which is basically like drinking flat orange drink except twice as sugary (Um, I was kind of into it) that does weird things to your blood sugar and screens you for gestational diabetes. Second on the agenda, aside from peeing in a cup, getting my blood pressure taken, and hearing baby’s heartbeat, was for me to corner my OB and try to get her to give me an honest answer about her practice’s plans to drop my newly begotten insurance plan.

How My State’s Health Exchange Website Problems Have Affected Me

I have never gone a day in my life without health insurance, but it is looking increasingly likely that I will miss the December 23 open enrollment deadline and be uninsured as of January 1.

Man With Cancer Fights for Health Insurance

Sergio Branco, a 33-year-old father of three, discovered that he had leukemia just before he was fired from his job. Thankfully, he could treat his cancer by extending his health insurance coverage through COBRA, which would cost him $518.26 per month. His wife sent in a check for $518. Without notifying the family that they still owed 26 cents, Sergio Branco’s health insurance was terminated. Although the Broncos were still ahead of their payment deadline, they were told they could no longer make any payments. The contacted a lawyer. The Department of Labor had to get involved. The amount of effort it took for a man dying of cancer to maintain his health insurance policy was absurd.

The Pre-Departure Costs of Travelling By Cargo Ship (A Note to Self)

The cost of travel via cargo ship.

Making the Best of What I’ve Got

In 2012, I learned a lot more about value than I did about money—the value of my family, the value of friendship, and the value of making the best of what you’ve got.