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Medicare Part D

  /   Friday, January 13, 2006   /   Comments(0)

I went to pick up a prescription a few days ago, and I asked the pharmacist (who knows that I am a pharmacist) “Can you tell me about all the Medicare Part D plans you accept?” She laughed. The government has finally gotten into the business of providing health insurance for the seniors, but they made everything so darn complicated that it is confusing everyone to death.

Some people stopped getting Medicaid coverage for drugs since Medicare was going to take over. Well, now they’ve had to authorize some prescriptions because the plans are causing problems. Different plans run by different private companies support different pharmacies and pay for different drugs. This can be very confusion in an already confusing issue. Also, they have found a new way not to pay for medicine called a “doughnut hole.” I feel badly for my colleages who have to explain this to patients. After a certain amount of coverage, the patients have to pay for all prescriptions until they’ve spent a certain amount. It’s crazy.

Well, I hope this prompts our Congressmen to pass something better.

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Pittsburgh

  /   Friday, January 13, 2006   /   Comments(0)

I’m sitting in the airport in Pittsburgh on my laptop writing this entry. My company has allowed me to go meet our coworkers in the Pittsburgh area. They are an awesome group of people who were very nice. I am hoping that they’ll get to visit us or that I’ll get to come back someday.

The funny thing is about this is that it makes me wonder what is so great about “southern hospitality.” The service at restaurants and at our hotel was way above what I’d expect to get in Memphis. Southerners sterotype people from the north as rude, but I didn’t see a rude person anywhere during the time that I was here. In fact, people in Memphis could learn a lot about hospitality from these people in Pittsburgh.

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If You Live in Illinois . . . .

  /   Monday, January 02, 2006   /   Comments(0)

If you live in Illinois, I am asking you to please contact your representative and ask them to support this. This would essentially overturn the governor’s executive order that a pharmacist has to fill the morning-after pill. According to this article, a Planned Parenthood spokesperson doesn’t expect this to get anywhere. Let’s prove her wrong! The governor will likely veto this bill, so it will be necessary to get enough votes to override it.

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One More Thing From Last Year

  /   Sunday, January 01, 2006   /   Comments(0)

I just remembered one more thing that I forgot in my New Year’s Eve post. This year also saw the end of the Frassati Society. When the group started, it was a great way to learn the Catholic faith as it is. One would hear a lot of “Wow, I never heard that before!” statements.

Truthfully, it was never easy getting participation. A ministry like this needs the support of members to keep it going. At one time, we were quite welcoming of new people. Over time, the group became a clique that only welcomed those who were of our own kind. I must admit that, despite have been in the group from the beginning and having been the webmaster, I really didn’t feel welcome there most of the time. Then again, these were the friends who took me out to eat for my 30th birthday last July, and I had a great time.

I did gain much from the group, although much of it came rather late. I renewed my love for the Eucharist. I learned that everything the Church teaches is good. This nonsense about the Church being “repressive” is just that, nonsense. I also gained a great desire to teach and defend the faith. Unfortunately, at first I thought that my goal was to bring forth a conversation “stopper” instead of a “starter.” Sometimes I was just too good at that. I have since learned differently, and I pray that God will allow me to use what I have learned.

With this death, there was a resurrection. I have made friends with members in another group. I doubt I would see eye to eye with a few of them on some things, but they are all respectful and welcoming. They are genuinely good people. I’m happy to have met them, and I hope to develop some genuine friendships with them. God truly did open a window after having closed a door.

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Happy New Year

  /   Sunday, January 01, 2006   /   Comments(0)

Happy New Year to all my readers! I don’t know what all this year holds, but I’m hoping for the best. I hope to grow in my faith. I want to be able to get out of myself more and focus on God and neighbor. I want the Gospel message to travel more from my head to my heart. I wish to truly be transformed by God’s grace. I hope that all of you have the same experience.

The only thing that I see on the radar so far is the upcoming ordination of the first seminarian whom I knew before he was in seminary. It doesn’t seem that he has been in seminary that long. I missed his diaconate ordination on account of my sister’s graduation from medical school, so I need to try to be at his priestly ordination. He will be an awesome priest. However, I must admit that it will feel funny calling him “Father.”

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