The second is a post by Scot Herrick at Cube Rules, all about the concept of “practicing” for a layoff. There are so many truths in this article, that it should become an HR offering to employees a year before layoffs loom! One comment he makes that really resonates in this economic morass we find ourselves in, is that rather than the rule of thumb of having a savings cushion of 4 months to handle a layoff, he counsels trying to set aside ONE year’s worth of your own operations capital. Now, that is a hefty amount, especially for most Americans who live paycheck to paycheck, but given the extreme challenges inherent in finding a job now, especially if you are a 50 plusser, I have to say, he isvery, very correct. In any event, an excellent article to prepare you for the inevitable.
The third article is by Corinne Copnick at Cyro-Kid, who chronicles her (funny if it weren’t so heartbreaking) futile attempts to get her prescription provider to send her test strips for her diabetes. Not only will it give you some chuckles, it will possibly also bring you to tears. If I had a TV to throw out a 2nd story window and create a furor, yelling: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”, I would. But I live in a one floor bungalow and my analog TV is worthless after June 12th anyway.
And to give a follow up to Corinne’s story, today, again during another call to find out whether the THIRD authorization from her doctor had been approved, she was told (for the first time after, literally, hours of phone calls) that not only box SEVEN had to be filled out again as the wording was not 100% correct, but box TWO had to be rechecked.
President Obama, are you listening? The insurance companies cannot fix this problem. THEY and the pharmaceuticals are the ones CREATING it! By so much bureaucracy, so much dotting of “i’s” and crossing of “t’s”, they are delaying Corinne’s test strips, for now…um…6 weeks, and if they are doing this to countless numbers of Americans, how much money are they keeping for themselves? If Prescription Solutions delays all prescriptions from filling by one month (in this case now more than 6 weeks) they gain an 11% additional profit on this one client. So what if the client dies? In fact, that would save them a whole lot MORE money in the long run.
Corinne is my mother. So, I’m not done with this one yet.