Unemployment: Day 2 – Health insurance runs out today

By November 22, 2013Family

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Some of the more difficult pieces of the layoff process are going down today. As of this morning, my family no longer has health insurance. I’ll blog about my experience with the Obamacare process at a later date, but we made sure to take my kids to the doctor yesterday for one last checkup before we’re out in the unknown. I have three kids, and up until today I’ve been fortunate enough to always have health insurance through my employer. Getting the kids covered is my top priority.

I have to file for unemployment today. I’m sure that will be an interesting process, as well. More fodder for the blog pages.

My company cell phone was cut off yesterday — wasn’t expecting that so soon. I’m told I can keep my phone number, but this has proven to be more trouble than I expected. I lost most of my contacts when they cut me off from the Outlook Server. So friends, be sure to text me and tell me who you are so that I can repopulate my address book. The good news is that I’m eligible for all kinds of deals as I’ll be a new client for some lucky carrier, but I may just hop on Jenna’s Sprint plan. Off to the Sprint store after picking the kids up from school.

I also have to return my signed Separation Agreement to HR in order to get my severance payment. At least I have some vacation days to be paid out as well, so in a few weeks I should get a decent check.

On the upside, I did have my first job interview this morning. Although the salary was too low, it was good to be back out showing off my work and talking about my career path. At the same time, it makes me miss the great people I’ve worked with for so long. Bittersweet, it is.

Time to crack another beer, take my place by the pool and get back to brushing up my portfolio.

  • Gravitar Profundus

    knowing that you can get yourself back out into the market has to be comforting. brushing the CV with beers at the pool doubly so. some extra time with the fam triply.

    that said, what your employer has done, considering the business it is, may not have been that surprising but the manner it’s happening is downright vile, vicious, and completely unnecessary. this is no way to treat loyal employees in a down market in a failing industry.

    as for health insurance, there are a decent number of options out there for the assuring the kids remain covered, and most doctors understand things well-enough to work with you on basics. the concern is with major medical. the upside is that, if the ACA finally starts to work properly, worst case scenario, you’re all covered on Jan 1. of course, there’s always COBRA but you’ll see the craziness of that cost as soon as the notice comes in.

    as it is, you’ll likely find something quickly since you already see that you’re marketable. it’s a matter of finding the right gig at the right price. to paraphrase Lou Reed: just like a cat, you’ll land on your feet.

    • There is comfort in knowing that I’m far from alone as 700 others from Tribune are in the same boat right now, but I agree with you that their move to cut off our benefits so quickly is deplorable.

  • Shari McConahay

    If you look into COBRA, you are probably covered for the next month so that you can pay for COBRA next month to continue health care until you can find something with Obamacare. I had thought I was not covered when in actuality the premiums are paid a month ahead.