...and it ain't pretty.
I think the chances of KHPA/HCC having a meeting in December to change the contract are slim to none. Either that or they had their meeting and didn't invite me. Damn. You think?
Well, look on the bright side. The contract language is so outrageous that it makes them an easy target. That and their incredible lack of response to my letters. For months, the response of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and the Kansas State Employee Health Policy Authority have said, THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN DO. IT'S OUT OF OUR HANDS. IT'S TOTALLY IN THE HANDS OF THE KANSAS HEALTH CARE COMMISSION. WRITE THEM! STOP BOTHERING US! What they neglect to tell you is that writing Health Care Commission (HCC) is the equivalent of pissing in the wind. Of course, that's their intention, in hopes you'll just go away.
Well, we wrote. We wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote and... did anyone get a reply? I haven't, and I'm at the center of this thing. If you got a reply, go out and frame it because you must be especially privileged. I haven't gotten a single reply or even the time of day except from one frantic phone call promising me everything would be set right at the December meeting (in response to the news that we were going to air a Call for Action report). The meeting and the promises have all vanished in a puff of smoke.
Go rent the movie, "Sicko" if you want to see the state of our Nation's Health care. If you aren't sick now, you will be after you watch it. Whatever you do, don't actually get sick, especially if you have health insurance, because you'll find out soon that you don't always get what you pay (and pay and pay) for.
Happy New Year!