Friday, October 2, 2009

I'm not happy...

...with my health insurance, despite the fact that polls supposedly indicate that the majority of Americans are happy with theirs. Yesterday we tried to fill a prescription for my son and were told by the pharmacist that we owed $942 because Humana required pre-authorization for this particular medication. So his physician will need to call the insurance company and ask for approval from a nurse who has never met my son and is unfamiliar with his medical condition. Now his physician has absolutely no financial incentive to prescribe one drug over another--she selects the one that she believes is best for him (in this case a slow release form of a medication that he had been taking twice daily). The insurance company, on the other hand, would prefer a cheaper drug to maximize their profit margin; his health and well being are really not their primary concerns.

Swam at Nitro with Tom, Jordan, Ron, Steve, and Lynne. Clint coached.

400 swim/300 kick/400 pull
2 x 500 @ 7:00, went 6:25 and 6:16
10 x 50 kick (no fins) @ 1:00
3 x 300 @ 4:30, 200 moderate/100 fast, held 3:39
100 easy


  1. While you are on this crusade please figure out why blood sugar test strips cost about $0.75 - $1.00 each. I spend more no the strips than I do on the insulin, lancets and needles for the insluin pens. What a rip!

  2. When my son was three he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy; we had to meet with one of the medical directors for Prudential because they had denied coverage for physical therapy, claiming it was a pre-existing condition (presumably because it was present before he was born).