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magicdomino

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #13605 on: November 08, 2013, 10:41:24 AM »
Panera Bread.  I love that place but there is one thing that I simply cannot understand about their menu.  They sell bread.  They have "bread" in the title of the company.  But if you want to buy butter for the bread, you are kind of SOL. 

The first time I bought a bunch of bread from them, I asked if they had any fancy butter flavors, like honey butter, that I could buy.  Nope.  Huh?  I ended up getting some butter from the store to take to the potluck I was going to.

Today, I asked for just some regular butter and they said, "Sure."  I was expecting a small tub of butter.  Nope, I got a lot of little butter tubs (individual size) thrown into the bag.  Not classy, folks.  And, actually, I'm looking at it right now--its not even butter.  It's margarine.  Really?  Margarine for your delicsious bread?

I'm seriously tempted to write corporate about the issue.

They actually have both. They may have just grabbed the wrong one by mistake.  I got there all the time as its right next to my PT job, and great for a quick dinner. And honeslty, I've never seen any other place like that selling bread that also sells butter to go with it. I'd be surprised if they did.

I don't think I've ever noticed butter for sale in a bakery.  Granted, I seldom go into bakeries, and when I do, it's for sweet things.  Back when bagel bakeries were all over the place, they often had butter and maybe a honey butter in the case with the cream cheeses.  So bagels, yes, regular bread bakeries, no.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #13606 on: November 08, 2013, 10:45:16 AM »
My health insurance company right now.  Apparently my epipens aren't medically necessary.  Ummmm.  The last time I had a reaction I required two injections just to keep me breathing long enough for rescue to get to me.  Then I wound up on a vent for a couple hours before I stabilized.  I'm on the phone (or on hold, to be more specific) to protest.

I don't remember if it was here or somewhere else that someone had a problem with the insurance claming that her husband's pregnancy was a pre-existing condition (and thus wouldn't be covered or something.).
Yeah, pregnancy being a pre-existing condition, in a male non the less, makes it pretty certain that someone made a mistake somewhere or in a lot of places  ::)

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #13607 on: November 08, 2013, 11:11:35 AM »
My health insurance company right now.  Apparently my epipens aren't medically necessary.  Ummmm.  The last time I had a reaction I required two injections just to keep me breathing long enough for rescue to get to me.  Then I wound up on a vent for a couple hours before I stabilized.  I'm on the phone (or on hold, to be more specific) to protest.

I don't remember if it was here or somewhere else that someone had a problem with the insurance claming that her husband's pregnancy was a pre-existing condition (and thus wouldn't be covered or something.).
Yeah, pregnancy being a pre-existing condition, in a male non the less, makes it pretty certain that someone made a mistake somewhere or in a lot of places  ::)
Must have been here, Carrote, because I remember that story too. And as for the epipen, mmswm?  If you have another reaction and die, then the insurance company no longer has to cover you, so THEY have saved money!  See how it all works out?   :P
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #13608 on: November 08, 2013, 11:30:50 AM »
My health insurance company right now.  Apparently my epipens aren't medically necessary.  Ummmm.  The last time I had a reaction I required two injections just to keep me breathing long enough for rescue to get to me.  Then I wound up on a vent for a couple hours before I stabilized.  I'm on the phone (or on hold, to be more specific) to protest.

I'm wondering if it's United Health Care.  I swear, I've never had to jump through so many hoops just do things like get a refill on a prescription (they said I needed a pre-authorization from my Dr.  Then why did you fill it the first time????)
Get an MRI for my wife - she had been on all sorts of medications that are specifically for back and spinal disc problems, they didn't help so an MRI was scheduled, they originally denied coverage
denied coverage for prescription meds that my wife had been on for almost ten years
It just seems they make it harder and harder to get medications, or Dr approved procedures.  I wish my company would change insurance providers, but I have a feeling it's not just them.

Luci

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« Reply #13609 on: November 08, 2013, 11:35:05 AM »
It's all companies right now. We are seeing it, too.

mmswm

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #13610 on: November 08, 2013, 11:41:07 AM »
My health insurance company right now.  Apparently my epipens aren't medically necessary.  Ummmm.  The last time I had a reaction I required two injections just to keep me breathing long enough for rescue to get to me.  Then I wound up on a vent for a couple hours before I stabilized.  I'm on the phone (or on hold, to be more specific) to protest.

I don't remember if it was here or somewhere else that someone had a problem with the insurance claming that her husband's pregnancy was a pre-existing condition (and thus wouldn't be covered or something.).
Yeah, pregnancy being a pre-existing condition, in a male non the less, makes it pretty certain that someone made a mistake somewhere or in a lot of places  ::)
Must have been here, Carrote, because I remember that story too. And as for the epipen, mmswm?  If you have another reaction and die, then the insurance company no longer has to cover you, so THEY have saved money!  See how it all works out?   :P

Is that how it works?  :-\
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #13611 on: November 08, 2013, 12:44:31 PM »
My health insurance company right now.  Apparently my epipens aren't medically necessary.  Ummmm.  The last time I had a reaction I required two injections just to keep me breathing long enough for rescue to get to me.  Then I wound up on a vent for a couple hours before I stabilized.  I'm on the phone (or on hold, to be more specific) to protest.

I don't remember if it was here or somewhere else that someone had a problem with the insurance claming that her husband's pregnancy was a pre-existing condition (and thus wouldn't be covered or something.).
Yeah, pregnancy being a pre-existing condition, in a male non the less, makes it pretty certain that someone made a mistake somewhere or in a lot of places  ::)
Must have been here, Carrote, because I remember that story too. And as for the epipen, mmswm?  If you have another reaction and die, then the insurance company no longer has to cover you, so THEY have saved money!  See how it all works out?   :P

Is that how it works?  :-\

It seems like a lot of stories I hear about medical insurance and benefits etc. in the U.S. involve stuff like "they always deny it the first time you apply even if it's obviously justified, and make you jump through stupid hoops, in the hopes that you'll give up and they won't have to pay". :-\
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #13612 on: November 08, 2013, 12:44:57 PM »
People who write negative online reviews complaining about ridiculous things, and bashing the business for them.

There is a great diner in Denver which specializes in breakfast.  It's a diner.  It's been there a thousand years.  It's in an industrial area, and not a gentrified one, either - right by the train tracks with a bunch of warehouses up the block.  Its core clientele is truckers and blue collar workers, and the menu is features huge portions and lots of carbs.

I read an online review that griped because the pork breakfast burrito wasn't available  in a vegetarian version.  They could make it without pork, but it would just be a tortilla and salsa.  The horror! And the spread for the toast was margarine, not real butter!  ZOMG!  What a horrible place!


Yes, unfair reviews really bother me.  A one star yelp review of one of my favorite restaurants stated the food was excellent, but the reviewer got sick the next day, admitted it was probably the flu and not the food, yet now had a bad association with the restaurant and gave it one star.

mmswm

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #13613 on: November 08, 2013, 12:51:31 PM »
My health insurance company right now.  Apparently my epipens aren't medically necessary.  Ummmm.  The last time I had a reaction I required two injections just to keep me breathing long enough for rescue to get to me.  Then I wound up on a vent for a couple hours before I stabilized.  I'm on the phone (or on hold, to be more specific) to protest.

I don't remember if it was here or somewhere else that someone had a problem with the insurance claming that her husband's pregnancy was a pre-existing condition (and thus wouldn't be covered or something.).
Yeah, pregnancy being a pre-existing condition, in a male non the less, makes it pretty certain that someone made a mistake somewhere or in a lot of places  ::)
Must have been here, Carrote, because I remember that story too. And as for the epipen, mmswm?  If you have another reaction and die, then the insurance company no longer has to cover you, so THEY have saved money!  See how it all works out?   :P

Is that how it works?  :-\

It seems like a lot of stories I hear about medical insurance and benefits etc. in the U.S. involve stuff like "they always deny it the first time you apply even if it's obviously justified, and make you jump through stupid hoops, in the hopes that you'll give up and they won't have to pay". :-\

I think you're right about that.  The ironic part is this sort of attitude actually winds up costing more in the long run. While I'm still arguing with my insurance company, my kids' pediatrician came up with a solution.  I will have a couple epipens as soon as I can get up that way. It's insane though that I have to rely on a doctor that's not even mine (though he used to be) to get what I need to protect my life.
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Luci

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« Reply #13614 on: November 08, 2013, 01:05:54 PM »
It seems like a lot of stories I hear about medical insurance and benefits etc. in the U.S. involve stuff like "they always deny it the first time you apply even if it's obviously justified, and make you jump through stupid hoops, in the hopes that you'll give up and they won't have to pay". :-\

You only hear the bad bad ones. I have had an accident that caused me 17 days in the hospital, 5 surgeries that required hospitalizations, 2 births, a few day surgeries, and numerous tests leading up to these surgeries, plus the usual yearly exams with tests, and a stroke. This begins in 1952, so over several insurance companies and now with Medicare and supplemental. I have never been turned down for anything, and the only terribly delayed payment was when an agent was doing criminal activity with the policies.

I haven't even mentioned my husband's and my children's collecting insurance, but all of them have gone flawlessly.

I really don't know anyone over the years who has been denied procedures or payment, including my mom's cancers and my dad's bypasses. And it is only recently we have been getting medications not insured.

mmswm

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« Reply #13615 on: November 08, 2013, 01:25:48 PM »
It seems like a lot of stories I hear about medical insurance and benefits etc. in the U.S. involve stuff like "they always deny it the first time you apply even if it's obviously justified, and make you jump through stupid hoops, in the hopes that you'll give up and they won't have to pay". :-\

You only hear the bad bad ones. I have had an accident that caused me 17 days in the hospital, 5 surgeries that required hospitalizations, 2 births, a few day surgeries, and numerous tests leading up to these surgeries, plus the usual yearly exams with tests, and a stroke. This begins in 1952, so over several insurance companies and now with Medicare and supplemental. I have never been turned down for anything, and the only terribly delayed payment was when an agent was doing criminal activity with the policies.

I haven't even mentioned my husband's and my children's collecting insurance, but all of them have gone flawlessly.

I really don't know anyone over the years who has been denied procedures or payment, including my mom's cancers and my dad's bypasses. And it is only recently we have been getting medications not insured.

To be fair, I have had mostly good experiences, but when it goes bad, it goes really, really bad.
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Luci

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #13616 on: November 08, 2013, 01:35:54 PM »
It seems like a lot of stories I hear about medical insurance and benefits etc. in the U.S. involve stuff like "they always deny it the first time you apply even if it's obviously justified, and make you jump through stupid hoops, in the hopes that you'll give up and they won't have to pay". :-\

You only hear the bad bad ones. I have had an accident that caused me 17 days in the hospital, 5 surgeries that required hospitalizations, 2 births, a few day surgeries, and numerous tests leading up to these surgeries, plus the usual yearly exams with tests, and a stroke. This begins in 1952, so over several insurance companies and now with Medicare and supplemental. I have never been turned down for anything, and the only terribly delayed payment was when an agent was doing criminal activity with the policies.

I haven't even mentioned my husband's and my children's collecting insurance, but all of them have gone flawlessly.

I really don't know anyone over the years who has been denied procedures or payment, including my mom's cancers and my dad's bypasses. And it is only recently we have been getting medications not insured.

To be fair, I have had mostly good experiences, but when it goes bad, it goes really, really bad.

I understand that. Didn't you just call and ask for a different underwriter to approve the epipen? One friend gets two every two years or whenever the old ones expire unless she uses it. I know it's a nuisance, but I'm am wondering that a phone call from the pharmacist didn't take care of it.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #13617 on: November 08, 2013, 01:40:37 PM »
It seems like a lot of stories I hear about medical insurance and benefits etc. in the U.S. involve stuff like "they always deny it the first time you apply even if it's obviously justified, and make you jump through stupid hoops, in the hopes that you'll give up and they won't have to pay". :-\

You only hear the bad bad ones. I have had an accident that caused me 17 days in the hospital, 5 surgeries that required hospitalizations, 2 births, a few day surgeries, and numerous tests leading up to these surgeries, plus the usual yearly exams with tests, and a stroke. This begins in 1952, so over several insurance companies and now with Medicare and supplemental. I have never been turned down for anything, and the only terribly delayed payment was when an agent was doing criminal activity with the policies.

I haven't even mentioned my husband's and my children's collecting insurance, but all of them have gone flawlessly.

I really don't know anyone over the years who has been denied procedures or payment, including my mom's cancers and my dad's bypasses. And it is only recently we have been getting medications not insured.

To be fair, I have had mostly good experiences, but when it goes bad, it goes really, really bad.

I understand that. Didn't you just call and ask for a different underwriter to approve the epipen? One friend gets two every two years or whenever the old ones expire unless she uses it. I know it's a nuisance, but I'm am wondering that a phone call from the pharmacist didn't take care of it.

Both my pharmacist and my doctor called the insurance company.  It has to go through a formal appeals process.  They're saying that I required further intervention the last time I took the med (iv meds and intubation), that "this method of treatment is ineffective and considered medically unnecessary".  It's nonsense that anybody with a brain can see the folly of, but that's what they're saying.

In the meantime, my kids' pedi has solved the immediate problem, though I can't rely on him to do it again.  But at least I have the epipens while I fight it out with the insurance company.
Some people lift weights.  I lift measures.  It's a far more esoteric workout. - (Quoted from a personal friend)

laud_shy_girl

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #13618 on: November 08, 2013, 01:46:51 PM »
up the wall right now. (and reminded because of the people having insurance issues.)

I have a FB friend who is again complaining about the N.H.S. and it's not even about anything really moan worthy.

She has to wait a week to see her GP of choice. Now that may seem unreasonable and if it was her only option I would agree, but she could have been seen the day she called in, but just not with her GP of choice.

In addition to that it's not for a time critical illness it's to get her BP checked and get a repeat prescription (which a nurse can do as it's the contraceptive pill.)

what is it about free services that make some people come out as really entitled?
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #13619 on: November 08, 2013, 02:01:59 PM »
Last weekend my mother gave us a bag of apples from the farmer's market.  DH, apparently, thinks these apples are nectar from the gods.  I like apples just fine, but I just haven't had an appetite for one.  Here are the conversations so far:

DH:  Did you have an apple?
Me:  No.
DH:  Why?
Me:  I just don't want one right now.
DH:  They're really good apples.
Me:  Okay.  Maybe I'll have one later.

Later
DH:  Did you have an apple yet?
Me:  No, I don't feel like having one.
DH:  I don't understand why not.  I thought you liked apples and these are reallllllllllly good.
Me:  Why is it so important to you that I have an apple?
DH:  Because they're so good and you should have one.
Me:  I'll have one when I'm ready.  Let it go.

Next Day
DH:  Did you have one of those apples yet?
Me:  No.  Why are you fixated on me having an apple?
DH:  Because they're so good and you might complain if they're all gone.
Me:  Seriously?  If I choose not to have one it's okay if everyone else eats them.
DH:  But they're so good, you're missing out.
Me:   >:(

I mean, really, it's an apple.  They have more.