New York State of Health, Affinity Healthcare, and My Health

I’ve written several posts about my problems with New York State of Health and Affinity Health Plan. Today I want to write what I hope will be the last entry in this miserable saga. In a nutshell, I lost my health insurance at the beginning of this year. Whether the fault lies with Affinity or with New York State of Health, my health insurance policy was canceled. The problem is that, once it was canceled, it took six months to get it reinstated.

Yes, you saw that correctly, it took SIX MONTHS!

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Whatever a Spider Can

I came across this little story when I was looking for something else. It was originally submitted to a contest (which it clearly didn’t win!) so I thought I’d share it here. This is not fiction! It actually happened.

My son, Matthew, loves superheroes. Even now, when he is almost twenty, he is crazy about the heroes of both the Marvel and DC universes. Fortunately, Matt still loves this story and sees the humor in it, even now that he is a grown-up or I couldn’t tell it to you. I guess the subtitle should be, “Matt and his (short) Web Swinging Career.

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Follow-up Why New York State of Health is STILL an Epic Fail

I posted the other day about how my healthcare was completely messed up. I added a couple of updates to that post, but I thought it might be easier to add a new post. To re-cap:

I received a call from the New York State of Health telling me that I hadn’t renewed yet. I won’t go into all of the details (my other post Why New York State of Health is an Epic Fail for the long version.) Following all of the problems, I received a bill from Affinity and paid for January and February. They told me that I had to  make sure that New York State of Health knew that I had coverage.

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When I Grow Up

When I was ten years old, I wanted to be a writer. Actually, my oldest memories of “what I want to be when I grow up” involved telling stories. I started reading when I was three or four. I read Alice in Wonderland, Doctor Doolittle, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and books of fairy tales. As I grew up, I broadened my horizons. I read all kinds of fiction and non-fiction. But all that time I dreamed about writing my own stories. I wanted to give back. All those books and stories took me to other worlds, worlds where magic worked, worlds where you never knew what you were going to find around the next corner.

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Class Dismissed

I have not been doing much writing for the past couple of years. I used to write after work, early in the morning, on the weekends, but that time has been completely consumed by school. When I wasn’t working, I was studying, writing papers and applications, and participating online in the classes I took to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology.

As of February 10, 2015 I have completed my BS/IT with a concentration in Software Engineering with a GPA of 3.92.

When I started school, my goal was to have a degree to go with the knowledge I already had. Goal attained! Perhaps I could even say, “Goal exceeded!” I learned a lot about the non-programming parts of programming, such as gathering requirements, designing the application, and how the various parts of a software system work together.

Now I don’t know what to do with myself.

Silly right?

I gave myself a week to do nothing. I played video games, read books, watch movies, and generally pampered myself. For the first time in a decade I’ve been getting eight hours of sleep at night. I’ve been eating actual meals instead of grabbing fast food and junk. I am actually beginning to feel like a human being again.

Now it is time to set goals, to find a new direction, and to put my education to good use. As they used to say back in the 70s, “Today is the first day of the rest of my life.”