Don't get me wrong. I LOVE this Country, but sometimes dealing with the bureaucracy can make one crazy.
Case in point #1 ~ Medicare "Wellness Visit".
If you are enrolled in Medicare Part B, you qualify for an annual no cost Wellness Visit. And I quote from the doctor's office paperwork. "This is a chance to meet with a member of our health care team to talk about your history, your risk for certain diseases, the current state of your health and your plan for staying well." And further "The Annual Wellness Visit in not an appointment for refilling your medications, discussing existing conditions or addressing new or immediate health problems. Addressing those additional items during an Annual Wellness Visit would require a longer visit and separate charges would apply." The questionnaire asked if I was depressed, felt anxious, hopeless. Do I need help eating, dressing, with laundry, housekeeping, etc? Get the idea? Thankfully I was able to talk with the doctor about the arm pain, but I could not have the x-ray he ordered done the same day. ARGH!
Case in point #2 ~ Social Security
I receive a government pension because I retired from city government. I also qualify for Social Security because I worked enough quarters in the public sector. The State of Ohio is one of only a handful of states that penalizes you for receiving a government pension. My Social Security is reduced by 2/3. (Shouldn't a federal program have the same rules nationwide?) Good thing I don't smoke because after my Medicare payment is made, what's left is less than the cost of a carton of cigarettes :)
I have been trying since last September 5 to get an issue resolved. One form, and only one form, needs to be properly processed. I have spent many hours at the local office and made countless phone calls trying to get it taken care of. Recently one of the employees of the local Social Security office told me I should contact my local congressman for help. WTH??? I told them that was unacceptable and it was not my job but theirs. Still not taken care of and they owe me about 6 months of my piddly benefits. I would just like this resolved. Come on. We are coming up on 9 months of dealing with this. Can it really be that difficult?
Okay. Rant over. I hope everyone is looking forward to the holiday weekend.
Thanks for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)