Here we go again…

I’ve began to ponder if I might be some sort of masochist. On some weird, subconscious level maybe. I must be, because I’m putting myself through the bureaucratic crap of trying to get my top surgery done again. Now, I say again because I’ve tried getting it covered once before and failed miserably. I made a couple posts on it towards the end of 2016 that you’re welcome to visit for more info.

I’ll save everyone though from me rehashing all of that and move forward.

So as some may know, I work at Target which is, on an insurance level, a trans friendly plan based company. The only issue with trying to get insurance and keeping it via retail is trying to keep the correct amount of hours to qualify for said insurance.

Now I hit qualification standards in August once I’d been there a whole year and then promptly moved to Spirit.
(Which btw was an absolute nightmare.. long story short, I became a scape goat for theft and left promptly).
Anywho, me returning to Target in November and with the new year bringing an extreme lack of hours to the whole store to work, I got the lovely letter saying I no longer qualify for insurance!
Thank the ACA and Obama for thinking ahead because they’ve saved my arse this time around. Because they instated a safety period from fallout on hours and qualifying stuff, I get to keep my insurance for 12 months from the time I qualified. So I’m guessing until August.

So in usual fashion, I’ve got my consult appointment next Monday with the same Dr I chose last time. I’ve got an app with my main physician the next day and come tomorrow I’ll be getting a hold of my psychologist to get an updated dated letter from her to all send to my insurance company.

I shouldn’t have to fight this time. There is a direct BOLD clause in there stating they cover transgender reassignment surgeries.
The ONLY thing I’m super worried about is the only paying 80% part.
Suppose I’ll deal with that thought when I come to that bridge.

I’ve already quit smoking/nicotine and have been free of that since January 18th. If all actually falls into place, I’ll be going in for top surgery sometime in early March.
So cross fingers for me folks. I’m so nervous again I’m having dreams about being nervous.

Besides all of that going on, I’ll update my pictures with the most recent. Got some new glasses today šŸ˜€

As always, I hope everyone is doing well and I’ll catch you next time!

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Drowning in the swamp

So I’ve been contemplating what to post here for about the last week as the dread keeps settling in as news articles clamor on top of one another on my feed.
It’s hard to put into words your anger and distress sometimes. I’ll try and not go on a full tirade as I’m sure a lot of you might feel the same way but I digress. This isn’t going to be easy for me.

As each day passes since the 1st of this year, I feel like I’m already drowning in this country. It’s not even the 20th yet and already I’m sick with anxiety, worry and thoughts of how to escape. Half baked plans of desperation, trying to find holes in the system so we can move before we’re completely stripped of our rights we’ve worked so hard to get.

The first strike: Health insurance in the state I’m in. We obviously had to sign up with the ACA again as none of our employers offer insurance. The issue with that is, our selection was cut in half and rates doubled. I couldn’t continue through United healthcare and had to find one that we could afford that had an obtainable deductible for us. We got stuck with Cigna for literally over double what we paid last year. Cigna doesn’t offer coverage for trans individuals. Plain and simple.
The exert from their 2017 exclusions: “Procedures, surgery or treatments to change characteristics of the body to those of the opposite sex including medical or psychological counseling and hormonal therapy in preparation for, or subsequent to, any such surgery. This also includes any medical, surgical or psychiatric treatment or study related to sex change.

I’m already fucked as far as my transition goes it seems. Feeling hopeless right off the bat this year, this wasn’t going to help my year off with a good note.
But then let’s add the syrup to the shit ice cream sundae and watch a Texas Federal judge block transperson’s rights the day before they’d fully take effect for the ACA!
Link:Ā The BUZZ story

So that’s now 2 hits this first week. Oh and than you have Paul Ryan and the screwed assholes in congress who vow to repeal the whole damn ACA. Bam, 3 strikes we’re out.

What do you even do with this? I mean.. what can we do?

I sat and pondered this pretty much the last couple days. It’s only the 9th. 9 fucking days and I’ve watched my rights stripped and my health coverage goĀ under fire.

Well, fuck it. I’m fighting. I’m not going down without a battle.
I happen to scroll past the Trans rights group on FB posting an article and I spoke up and commented. I’ve since thenĀ been in touch with a lady from PROMO and in the talks of trying to sort out the blatant discrimination in my healthcare.
I’ll be contacting Lambda Legal as well to see where and how far I can go.
Granted, I don’t have the funds at all to hire a lawyer. I’m living on a strict budget. So I suppose we’ll see. But if they find my case noteworthy enough to make waves, I’m gunning all the way. Court dates and all. I’m tired of sitting at home, watching as everything is set on fire around me, expecting others to make my and other’s ways in the world.

How can our legislation deny the AMA(American MedicalĀ Association), APA(American Psychological Association) and countless other accredited organizations? I know.. it’s a rhetorical question. These same people deny 98% of scientists on climate change. *Que eye roll x 1000*

As you can tell, I’ve hit my fuck this shit, mark and I’m fed up. Let’s cross fingers and hope I have some good news for once come soon.