I am 'poor' being on CalOPTIMA (California's form of 'Medicaid). But I do pay my bills, I have a little job and can eat, So I'm being both literal and facetious.
As of July 1st, My kind of people (Medicaid recipients) will no longer be able to get Dental, Optemetric, Podiatric or psych, speech et al in the Medi-Cal System.
I saw my dentist this last month, I have new glasses from April. but as a PWD, the podiatrist is a necessary part of my care. I think I'm a tad frightened.
Other news and the Denial:
My Horizon Fitness Elliptical is being delivered and set up for me tomorrow. I'd ordered it and have to get it built and delivered for me - safer for me with my eyes, I didn't want to chance trying to build the thing :-)
Recently, I changed networks within the CalOPTIMA system, from United Care Medical Group, to Monarch Health care.
Labs, Internist and Endo are MUCH more convenient to get to!! I feel like having been reborn, actually. This has been a MAJOR plus in the change to Monarch.
Monarch even has a 'management nurse' who is in constant contact with me, at least every 2 weeks. She has been the best 'friend' you could ever have in the system. She's like so dang nice and is willing to help me get things I need.
She knew of a GREAT CDE/RD who she felt I could benefit from seeing, so she gave me the number, and then 2 days later, an approval came in the mail for me to see this fine lady. Tammy Boico, RD/CDE is out at Saddleback medical center, and is a certified pump trainer, dietitian, and Diabetes Educator, her husband and 2 daughters are IDDMs and on the pump as well! After the initial visits, she does communicate through email, so we both thought "COOL!" I got the bus route all planned out to get there and to see Tammy Boico. I was incredibly happy to think I'd get the treatment I'd heard of others getting.
I then called the center to make the first of 4 approved appointments and was crestfallen to hear that they do not accept CalOPTIMA patients :-( Well, excuse me!
Zoraida (the management nurse) is seeking out other options, but she even sounded a bit disgusted and let down as I was. It isn't like Ms. Boico would have had to work all that hard with me. I'm not 'new', I know a lot of this stuff, I have a Pump and CGMS and work DANG hard, so I guess I'd had hopes for the 'premium package'- so to speak.
Back I am with Twitter-diabetic online community, TuDiabetes & Insulin-pumpers.
Another 'wee nudge';
SSI sent me a love letter I got today saying my monthly SSI of normally $198 is being cut to $175 because California has no money. Greeeeaaaaatttttt. I'll hopefully get more hours at my P/T work. Cut backs all over won't make it easy, but I try anyway.
At least after the elliptical gets here, I'll work off some of the gluco-pixies.