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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by The Swollen Goiter of God » April 11th, 2016, 1:41 pm

He's one of my favorite things.

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by neglet » April 11th, 2016, 5:40 pm

Sometimes giving up one dream makes another possible. At a certain point I had to give up the possibility of a second child, which ended up making my TKD career possible. Sure, I'll always wonder what if, but at this point I can't really have regrets about the decision.

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by Adam54 » May 5th, 2016, 11:13 am

Blue Cross/Blue Shield incorrectly took $10.39 from us at work this morning.

I stayed on the phone for 2 hours and 3 minutes to fix it. That annoys the crap out of me, but I got paid much more than $10.39 in that time and it's the principle of the thing, damn it.

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by Mal Shot First » May 5th, 2016, 4:38 pm

I just got off the phone with BCBS about 30 minutes ago, myself. I had my annual physical checkup back in April, but I got a statement from my primary care physician's office this week saying that I owe them $106.49. This was part of the cost for all the blood work they did, so I didn't understand why it wasn't covered - it's all preventive care, which should be covered 100%.

So I call up BCBS today and the representative says the part that wasn't covered was the vitamin D deficiency test, which is not considered preventive care, apparently. First of all, fuck them for not considering it preventive care - I live in a part of the world with long winters, and vitamin D deficiency can lead to some pretty bad problems down the road. Second, I don't determine which tests my provider performs as part of my physical, motherfuckers. I assume there is a standard group of tests that are performed. It's not like the doctor asked me to pick the stuff I wanted them to check. Goddamn assholes, man - both the doctors and the insurance.

I was able to get them to cover the expense this time, though. The representative said I can be covered for vitamin D deficiency tests if they are performed by specific labs that are in the network (rather than the hospital lab my network physician is affiliated with - which is apparently not in the network, despite my physician's being in the network :wall:). So she sent me a list of labs for future reference if I want to have those tests performed annually, and she said they can make a one-time exception in this case because I called and explained the situation. However, their payment might not be made July 7, but the due date listed on the statement I got is May 22, so I'll probably have to call my physician's office to let them know it's being taken care of and ask them not to send the bill collectors after me.

But yeah, no, our healthcare system is one of the best in the world!

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by Jubbers » May 5th, 2016, 8:00 pm

I really miss the Technischer Krankenkasse.

We had our own insurance hoopla recently (also BCBS!) - we were told in February that Jubboiter's weekly therapy sessions would have a $25 copay. I asked "are you sure?" multiple times because it seemed low. Was reassured that that is what the insurance people had told the psychiatrist's office. Last week we found out that it was really supposed to be $40, and this week discovered that we were being charged for the missed $15/week. I wasn't able to talk us out of paying it, despite it not being our fault (the earlier figure, I am now told, was an "estimate", and insurance will not budge), so I begrudgingly paid the difference yesterday.

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by Adam54 » May 6th, 2016, 8:07 am

Ugh. I hate stories like these. They're so utterly preventable if insurance companies didn't intentionally suck at everything they do.

Do you take a vitamin D supplement, Mal? Living in Minnesota, I know exactly what fun a vitamin D deficiency is and take one regularly through the winter at least. I also bought this thing in December (after we literally had one day of sunlight the entire month) and it helped a ton. http://www.amazon.com/Sphere-Gadget-Tec ... ge_o07_s00

As the guy who takes a ton of those calls, I'd definitely encourage calling your medical provider. Seriously 20-30% of the bills I send out don't get paid on time because people call me and say "I'm fighting with insurance." Shouldn't be an issue.

Jubbers' story is infuriating. From a provider standpoint, every time I call a company to check benefits (BCBS or otherwise) I have to listen to a schpiel about how "benefits quoted are a general outline of coverage." HOW IN THE FUCK ARE THEY NOT ABLE TO TELL YOU EXACTLY WHAT YOUR BENEFITS ARE?! That drives me crazy! You pay them for the plan, they devise the plan, THEY SHOULD KNOW EXACTLY WHAT'S IN THE DAMN PLAN! It shouldn't be a surprise! My guess is $25 was the copay for a regular office visit while $40 is either the "specialist" visit rate or a separate mental health one, depending how they code such things. Which...hand to God...any BCBS employee who is worth a shit should've been able to tell you the difference. Hell, the provider should've known. BCBS has a really great website that lets providers just type in your ID and it lists every damn copay you have.

So all that said, if anybody ever needs help figuring out your coverage, let me know and I can check it. Happy to help deal with these monsters. Best system in the world! Honestly, in the six months leading up to the implementation of the ACA, we were all scared to death. They couldn't handle the people they already had, so obviously the answer was to force them to adapt massive reforms and accept millions more. Brilliant!

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by Jubbers » May 6th, 2016, 2:39 pm

With the Technischer Krankenkasse it was so simple. I paid my monthly premium for Beau and myself. Then, each quarter, we had to pay the first doctor or dentist we went to 10 bucks. After that, no matter what other dentist or doctor we went to that quarter, it was taken care of. Covered items were clearly laid out on the website, additional charges were clearly indicated (i.e. highly recommended diabetic testing for pregnant women was not at the time covered - is now - but it was clearly explained that it would be 25 Euros ahead of time, that's what I brought, and that's all I had to pay.)

And there was no difference between doctor and dentist. My pregnancy visits and Beau's wisdom tooth extractions were all covered under the same system.

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by The Swollen Goiter of God » May 6th, 2016, 11:10 pm

Jubbers wrote:With the Technischer Krankenkasse it was so simple.

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by Adam54 » June 29th, 2016, 3:22 pm

The software we use at work (on which I do ~96% of my job) has been down for much of the day. On the one hand, I'm staggeringly bored and am going to have a ton to do whenever it gets repaired. On the other, I'm getting paid just to sit here and look handsome!

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by Adam54 » June 29th, 2016, 3:24 pm

Adam54 wrote:I'm weighing making my first viewing of the original trilogy before I go see the new one. I have a feeling it'd help?
So it turns out I had a DVD set of the original theatrical versions laying on my shelf unopened for ~8 years. I looked into this on eBay the weekend before last....and wound up selling it for $199.

I know it was a pretty cool thing I had, but on the other hand....$199! For three movies!

You Star Wars nerds are fucking insane and I love you.

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by The Swollen Goiter of God » June 29th, 2016, 3:44 pm

When you said you had a DVD set of the original theatrical versions, did you mean that you had a DVD set of the post-SE versions (tweaks on top of tweaks!) that also happened to have the original theatrical versions included as bonus features? To my knowledge, they never released a DVD set where the original theatrical versions were front-and-center.

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by Dalty » June 29th, 2016, 3:50 pm

Yup, I thought my VHS Vader motif box set were the last originals released?

If it's worth $199 though, for you, I say eBay that mutha good!!

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by Adam54 » June 29th, 2016, 4:08 pm

It was a sealed version of this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Star-Wars-Trilo ... SwOVpXavJq

The fellow paid me yesterday and whatever this is is on it's way to Florida!

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by The Swollen Goiter of God » June 29th, 2016, 5:13 pm

That's the one that only had the "original" versions on the bonus discs. The main discs have the modded versions. (Most of the mods are '97 mods, but there are also some '04 and '08 mods.) The copies on the bonus discs are essentially low-res transfers of the LaserDisc prints. No remastering of any kind, but at least it's something.

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by Adam54 » June 29th, 2016, 5:46 pm

So I did all right getting $199 for 'em?

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by The Swollen Goiter of God » June 29th, 2016, 8:24 pm

You did good, kid.

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by Adam54 » June 29th, 2016, 9:58 pm

Thanks, Pa.

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by Dalty » June 30th, 2016, 1:13 am

I would have held out for $250.

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by Adam54 » June 30th, 2016, 6:00 am

I tried! I started it at $50. I'll take $200.

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by Dalty » June 30th, 2016, 10:36 am

How much did you get for the Full House compilation VHS?

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by Adam54 » June 30th, 2016, 11:00 am

75 cents.

Stifle yourself, Limey.

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by Dalty » June 30th, 2016, 11:39 am

I would have let it go for 50c.

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by Adam54 » June 30th, 2016, 1:08 pm

I sent two seasons of Full House to our friends in St. Louis once.

You're jealous, Dalty. I can sense it from here.

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by Dalty » June 30th, 2016, 1:39 pm

I prefer nutritionally suspect breakfast treats.

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Re: Current Mixed Feelings

Post by The Swollen Goiter of God » June 30th, 2016, 6:01 pm

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