Today is the last day we have health insurance. Or, at least, the last day we have the awesome health insurance that Jason got through work.
I'm kind of grumpy about it, but it is what it is. And I should be thankful that we have the means to buy our own coverage, right? That's what I tell myself anyway.
Because of our new situation, I've been following the federal government's health care initiative with great interest, and I think it'll be interesting to see how it all turns out. Frankly, I'd kind of like President Obama and the federal government to hurry up already and get a public option on the table, but that's a long ways (or never) away.
Back to the insurance shopping...At this point, it looks like we'll stick with Kaiser Permanente. I shopped around, seeing what was out there, but I always came back to KP. For one thing, I like their ads. Allison Janney does the voicing, and I loved her to pieces on West Wing (one of my all-time favorite tv shows). But more (and most) importantly: they don't charge you for well baby check-ups and vaccines.
As Jason likes to point out, I am easily riled up. And when it comes to vaccines, I get riled up. Pardon my emotional outburst here, but I am appalled that any HMO would charge parents for well baby checks. CHARGE parents for vaccines?! CHARGE parents to check the health of a baby? If you don't believe in vaccinations, then maybe it doesn't seem like a big deal. But for me--a strong advocate for vaccinations--I think booster shots should be free. No one should have to say they couldn't get their child vaccinated because they didn't have the money. Seriously, HMOs. Are you kidding me? Charging money for a child's vaccines? Outrageous.
Now let me tell you how I really feel about it...
Oh, all right. The entitled American will pipe down now.
The upside of getting riled up is that I'm thinking that's how I got an invite to tour the GlaxoSmithKline facility in Pennsylvania. Who knew reviewing books about vaccines and being all fussy about it would make a difference?
But indeed, GSK is flying me out to Philadelphia tomorrow, and then on Friday a bunch of bloggers will get to see how vaccines are packaged and all that super duper cool stuff. At least, I think it's super duper cool. A day at a vaccine facility! Two nights at a hotel! Meeting some very cool blogger folks! I even canceled my classes for it, and you know if I'm willing to part with a moment of discussing Irish literature than it must be important.
So, any questions you'd like me to ask GSK? I'll add them to my growing list. Also, anyone living in the Philly area want to meet up?
I probably won't be doing too much blogging while I'm gone, but you can follow my tour on Twitter. I fly back on Saturday, so check back here for the full scoop.
Now to pack...I think I'll even reread this book on the plane. Ooh. Yay!