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Preguntas: mutt walker and health insurance. [Thursday, Sep. 6th, 2007|05:23 pm]
The richest girl in town.
1) Does anyone know of a good dog walker in the east bay with reasonable rates?

2) Does anyone on my friends list pay for their own health insurance? (I'm thinking of any of you independent contractor types.) Which carrier do you use, how expensive is the coverage, and how comprehensive is it? (Like, sure, they'll pay half if you get hit by a bus, but you're paying for your own pap smear every year and get no prescription coverage at all....)

Thankies.
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[User Picture]From: susannochka
2007-09-07 01:12 am (UTC)
Hey, I wish I could help out with the puppcercize. I sure could use the walks... I'll keep an ear out for recommendations. Have you tried the Berkeley Parents Network? I've found a couple good recommendations there.
http://parents.berkeley.edu/recommend/services/petsitter.html#dog

I now finally have skool insurance, but this site was highly, highly recommended to me the last time I was looking, funnily enough by a friend who used to contract for EA:
http://tonik.com/
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2007-09-07 02:00 am (UTC)
Thanks! Those are both good links.
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[User Picture]From: susannochka
2007-09-07 04:38 am (UTC)
Sure!
Did you get my email from this morning?
Bummer about the lock-out.
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[User Picture]From: raychoo
2007-09-07 02:08 am (UTC)
I signed up for my own health insurance a few months ago. I used
http://www.ehealthinsurance.com/
to compare plans and ended up going with a healthnet PPO. So far, I've had the usual frustration of trying to find a doctor on their lists that's actually accepting new patients, and I'm not overly pleased with having to pay $160 for a half hour "new patient visit" since I have to use up my deductible first. Also, I'm annoyed that they upped my fees after a couple of months, and now that I'm looking at it I may change to a different PPO from them.
(I can get prescriptions and junk through the school, but not major medical so I looked for something relatively cheap that would cover getting hit by a bus.)
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[User Picture]From: rednfiery
2007-09-07 02:16 am (UTC)
1) do you know glamtasm? she's got her own business (all creatures healing network) in s.f., but she might have a good east bay referral for you. if you call her, let her know i pointed you in her direction.

2) my ex still covers me through his work health insurance, but when i was looking last year (both for myself and for my college student son) i found blue shield to be affordable. my son now has coverage through them, albeit in oklahoma, but he's been happy with them so far. preventive care is definitely included in his plan -- his sports physical, for instance, only cost him his co-pay.
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[User Picture]From: odelenu
2007-09-07 03:03 am (UTC)
I was with Kaiser for a good while and then switched to Blue Cross which was more affordable. Unfortunately I could never get a doctor. Most clinics are no longer accepting new patients. When I really needed a doctor I was given a list of some forty doctors in the bay area. It looked impressive. I couldn't get an appointment with anyone within less than a month and even then it was going to cost me an arm and a leg. I finally ended up in the ER and was later presented with a bill for some $500 or so. My big medical emergency? I had run out of asthma medication and needed a prescription refill. Not getting a doctor's appointment for weeks had made it worse. That trip to the ER was the only way Blue Cross could get me my meds. It sucked.
I went back to Kaiser and I have been there ever since. Now I am over 40 I pay quite a bit more. I like them coz I can find my way around the system easy as it reminds me of the system in england. Oakland Kaiser is way ghetto, the staff are way overworked and the condition of the hospital is not that great. But you can get an appointment the same day. It costs all of $15 - $25 co-pay depending on your plan. SF Kaiser is a better hospital in terms of conditions and the one in Stockton is like a five star hotel.
I recommend them. For individuals they work really well.
Check with Bay Woof for the dog walker situation, you might be able to find someone advertising in the newspaper. I have also seen people with arm fulls of dogs over at Point Isabelle and seen adverts there too. Good luck.
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[User Picture]From: scullin
2007-09-07 03:29 am (UTC)
1) Not sure what reasonable rates are, but SafeHands is a really nice operation that pays a lot of attention to details.
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From: oblomova
2007-09-07 04:55 am (UTC)
I may need to find something cheaper soon myself. Right now I'm on COBRA, but my old employer got bought out and they are changing health plans. I'm supposed to go to a meeting next week to find out what's up.

Have you heard of Unicare? I know someone in Chicago who has insurance through them, and she's a cancer survivor, which means most plans either wouldn't take her or would be insanely expensive. She spoke well of this company.
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[User Picture]From: kashe
2007-09-07 05:33 pm (UTC)
The Blue Cross and Blue shield plan starts at around $87, and that is probably what I will go with, even if I end up paying more than that--I just don't want the hassle of some of the smaller plans--but maybe I will check out unicare as well. Also there is the old Planned Parenthood where you just donate for your visit--I go to the one in Marin and they are really nice there.

I think it is awesome that you are looking for a walker.

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[User Picture]From: claudelemonde
2007-09-07 07:43 pm (UTC)
me too, i have a walker. it shows you care MORE. it's like taking yr kid to a playgroup.
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