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Hello, it's me: Cell phone a necessary mid-life evil

Not there is any thing wrong with that.

Is PDA a coded safe sex personal ad?

Just wondering!

August 11, 2006 at 7:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Case highlights vicious cycle of domestic abuse

This song is dedicated to the abused women that took it till it hurt.

Crazy, I'm crazy for feeling so lonely
I'm crazy, crazy for feeling so blue
I knew you'd love me as long as you wanted
And then someday you'd leave me for somebody new

Worry, why do I let myself worry?
Wond'ring what in the world did I do?
Crazy for thinking that my love could hold you
I'm crazy for trying and crazy for crying

And I'm crazy for loving you
Crazy for thinking that my love could hold you
I'm crazy for trying and crazy for crying
And I'm crazy for loving you.

August 8, 2006 at 11:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Local daycare center suspended by state

Is Mars in retrograde?

just wondering

April 12, 2006 at 5:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Drug frustrations mount

Federal farce, sorry.

January 28, 2006 at 10:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Drug frustrations mount

SHE? Please, no assumptions. This can and does happen on a non-gender specific basis. Prayers always appreciated but please contact your state and federal representatives to voice righteous indignations.

While waiting on the phone for a live person to reject our medicine requests there were many other coverage problems for other medicare recipients.

What really stands out is the pale stresssed out looks on the pharmacy's staff and waiting customers while this fiasco took place before their eyes, not knowing what trauma awaited their requests for drugs, customers waiting on hold for Marvin so he could TRY to resolve as many issues as possible only to get voice mail or cuts offs because of phone traffic overload.

There is no fair compensation for the extra work the pharmacists and doctors are put to for their efforts in this fereral farce.

Are we ready to bring war on another nation? I still can afford to eat frugally. There must be a way to depleat that part of our budget.

January 28, 2006 at 10:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Drug frustrations mount

Let's put a personal face on this medical fiasco, the medicare prescription plan as experienced by someone who needs the meds for survival.

I am a relative of a medicare recipient who was standing at the counter of Medical Arts Pharmacy when told by Marvin of no medicine without prior authorization. We had both been on hold on the phone most of the morning waiting for a real voice when refused immediate solution to an urgent problem.

Here's the situation....the doctor prescribed an antibiotic for an infection and a med that prevents a secondary infection(this patient has a history that requires this protocol). The new medicare insurer covered the antibiotic but required prior authorization for the preventative med.

The insurer's procedure is to mail, not fax, the preapproval forms to the doctor who fills out and returns the forms to the insurer before the pharmacist can issue payment. All of which takes a minimum of two or three weeks if all goes well.

What would have been a co-pay charge wasthe full amount of the drug. This situation called for immedicate consumption of the prescribed drug(previously covered without question).

Also there was another drug prescribed not covered that had been previously covered. We had to pay the full amount on that one too.

Next, it was time to renew the normal monthly prescriptions on that same day. The pharmacist had to deny insurance payment on a regular prescribed drug which is addicitive because the insurer didn't cover the entire class of drug.

This drug has been a part of the clients treatment for years. We had to pay for it also or risk the severe effects of withdrawal that most likely would have resulted in hospitalization for an extended period of time while withdrawal and attempted substitutions were made. Something that has proven ineffective in the past.

We paid the full amount once more due to poor and dangerous choices in the matter.

What would have been co-pays on these three drugs of $1-3 each ended up costing us close to $90. The co-pay was in the budget but we are in a hurt to figure out how to come up with the money for this past month as well as the on-going expense.

Not to mention the extreme time and effort put in by the pharmacist, the doctor's office(we have difficulty enough getting apointment times without this extra time consuming situation for Dr. and staff), additional time researching alternatives that don't seem to exist, time with the doctor to attempt an appeal for future use of known effective prescriptions, serious finacial stress to meet the needs of this individual without sacrificing food, utilities, fundamental daily needs.

Wonder why our health care is not funded while an undeclared war for false reasons is funded? How many Iraii's or Afganistani's have paid into the SSI system?

January 28, 2006 at 7:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Case hits close to home for officer

Wonder how many defending Chief Olin's personnel and policies are hidden law enforcement from the LPD thus can not legally give a direct defense of Harmon?

January 17, 2006 at 11:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )