Pic of my Week 1

Unnecessary Explainerorama: these posts are pics of things I saw and thought about this week. Close-up of definitions from my son’s insurance Explanation of Benefits form. Hi there, preexisting conditions! Illegal? Ha ha! Also just to point out the ridiculousness of that definition: “A condition, excluding genetic information or an existing pregnancy, that existed prior … More Pic of my Week 1

Anyone who says differently is selling something.

So here’s what I’ve been up to for the past two weeks. Questcor Finds Profits, at $28,000 a Vial (from 2012) Nice sum up, NYT: The most important use of Acthar has been to treat infantile spasms, also known as West syndrome, a rare, sometimes fatal epileptic disorder that generally strikes before the age of 1. … More Anyone who says differently is selling something.

Seriously, you mofos?

(Incidentally, when I type “mofos” my autocorrect helpfully adjusts it to “moos”. I’m not sure which is better.) Pre-Existing Condition Bans: Are They Really Gone? But the mix up raised a broader question – What about the requirement of the Affordable Care Act that prohibited pretty much all pre-existing condition exclusions as of Jan. 1, 2014? Under … More Seriously, you mofos?

If it’s cars we’re talking, I want an MG

Thanks to this delightful video of Ralph Hudgens (as seen on Sullivan), it’s ranting-definition time at Jiggery-Pokery’s Soup of the Day! Pre-existing condition (according to insurance companies, from Investopedia):  “any medical condition that existed prior to the date the patient signed up with a health insurance provider. Under the ‘objective standard’ definition, a pre-existing condition is … More If it’s cars we’re talking, I want an MG

Can you take my pills?

Recently I got a memorable shipment from my mail-order pharmacy. Mail-order pharmacies are the best if you’ve got a chronic disease. For example: you need maintenance meds every day? They accept three-month prescriptions and do auto-renewals. Let me tell you now, there’s nothing better than getting a big bag of three month’s worth rattling medicine … More Can you take my pills?

Golly gee!

Ex-GOP Operative’s Cancer Struggles Make Him An Obamacare Supporter A bit: Murphy was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2000 but, after four rounds of chemotherapy (covered by his insurance), it had gone into remission by 2004. He wasn’t in the clear quite though. Because his sleep apnea qualifies as a “pre-existing condition,” Murphy explained to … More Golly gee!