I used to be one of those on the ball people. However, I have found that for me at least, procrastination comes with age. I also experience mind blowing frustration with online health care applications. They drive me up the wall. Heck, they drive everyone around me while I fill them out nuts too.
Now here's how Lupus got me medical coverage twice. The first time was when I experienced my first official butt kicking from Lupus. I had no choice but to get myself to the ER. There, the hospital, due to the fact that they like being paid for services rendered, helped me apply for assistance under a Colorado plan known as CICP. No procrastination allowed.
That coverage became null and void once the Affordable Care Act came into play. I then applied for medicaid, but was denied for being an illegal alien. Bwa ha ha ha. I'm not, of course. Thus the bwa ha ha ha. Due to my frustration and procrastination habits, I have managed to put off straightening that mess out for about a year and a half. Ya, I know. Not too bright, but it is what it is. Or WAS.
Then, last night, a case of severe back pain straight from Hades sent me back to the ER. It's all good now. I'm fine. However, when they found I was sans health insurance, they gave me temporary CICP and ordered me to apply for medicaid or pay the whole astronomical bill. So, this morning, online I went. After several hours of cursing (ask anyone within a mile radius of my home) and general frustration, I emerged victorious.
I am now an official medicaid recipient. So, thanks Lupus. Without you, I'd probably be without health insurance for at least another year before I sucked it up and got it done. Now I can go to the rheumy without my awesome boyfriend paying through the nose for it. I can also get eye exams and necessary dental work. So, no more "old lady breath and dental pain" or "eye exam due ASAP" squinting! LOL