I assume the prompt is speaking figuratively. I suppose the only thing I have recently jumped into is the massive group of Americans without Health Insurance. May 31st was our last day and we did our best to get all the appointments in before it was gone. It was impeccable insurance from Aetna that we will sorely miss, but that’s how it goes when you are in the ranks of the Unemployed.
We were lucky, unlike many others, when my husband was laid off. We were given a package that included six months of health insurance that I am sure I could have done more with had I not been distracted at the time with other things I thought important. Regardless, we were lucky. It happened at a time when my son was dealing with severe allergies that we were able to take care of, my eldest needed glasses and I had dental issues. Sadly, my husband wasn’t able to get the issues with his back worked out in time and now it’s too late and we cope.
We’ve been doing a lot of research on purchasing our own health insurance now. We’re too “rich” for state assistance as we don’t have any debt. Apparently, we must be in debt in order to get help to stay out of debt. It kind of makes me think that the entire assistance program is completely backwards. We aren’t rich by any means, we use very little and we get by on unemployment, my husband’s side hobby and my blogging (what little that gives). We have some “oh crap!” money in the bank, but that’s where it stays. We’re just smart with our money, but I’m not sure exactly how are smarts will compete against the rising healthcare costs. Sigh. Although, if anyone has any information on a good health insurance plan that is not horridly expensive and is actually decent, please let me know. Most of them have completely absurd rates that I think are purposeful considering most people are out of work and are like us, ‘too rich’ for assistance – too poor for decent healthcare.
But that’s what I’ve jumped into recently. I’m trying to navigate unknown waters with my husband, but the tough times always bring us together as a family because we need each other the most.