|And now for something completely different...
||[Jul. 2nd, 2009|06:34 pm]
Go, soar with Plato to the empyreal sphere. --Pope
|[||In my heart of hearts I am:
Wow. Okay, something did go right this week. Something fairly big. I just got a call from the guy in charge of Constituent Services from Senator Johanns' office. Apparently, the senator opens mail randomly -- he can't read it all, but he does pick several at random each week to get a feel for what is being written to him, and mine was the lucky one this week. He was appalled by my insurance situation and my case has become a top issue for him. I guess since Health Care Reform is a big national hot-button issue, my crappy mess is timely. So...he has --himself--contacted the insurance board here in Nebraska to have them open up an official inquiry. Plus, he and his staff are looking into other avenues for health care assistance for me.
When we lived in Maryland, I had a hell of a time getting the medical care Adam needed. Week after week, month after month, year after year it was nothing but one problem after another -- insurance denials, ridiculous amounts of contradictory paperwork to fill out, etc. So I went to Washington to show our former senator, Senator Grassley what we were having to deal with. My parents still live in his state, so he was inclined to listen. And he was a TIGER. He called the Social Security Administration and told them to buggar off and give my son the assistance he needed, and Grassley and Kennedy developed the Family Opportunity Act --which was finally passed into law -- based on some of our problems. At their request, I spoke at several press conferences, did the CNN thing, C-SPAN, Washington Post interviews, etc. Plus, I got the Governor of Maryland involved, so we had local help wading through the mountains of paperwork and dodging various red-tape bullets lobbed at us. It was phenomenal. There came a point where each time there was a problem, I just made a couple of phone calls and it was handled.
I don't know what Senator Johanns will be able to do for us. He's new in the Senate. And he's a Republican. But I have high hopes. And I have validation that I'm not just a whiner -- this really is a big set of problems I've been dealing with. And someone with clout wants to help. I feel better just knowing that.
The lesson here is: don't hesitate to get your elected officials involved. They are public servants, and you are the public. Your problems count and your voice needs to be heard. Too many of our rights in America are being eroded these days. But you still have a right to ask for help from those who have taken an oath to serve.