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  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    I would think the $570 will probably be cheaper than 7 months of marketplace plans, based on my marketplace plans price despite significant credits.

    $570/month?

    I did marketplace plans a while and they were never that bad... although they got worse every year.
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    edited April 15
    Well, I filed for unemployment! It was hella confusing. You have to request payment to see if you're even approved. And that's after waiting 5-7 days to have... things processed... or something.

    In Georgia, unemployment is approximately $330 at the high end, depending on your previous earnings. With the new legislation, they've added $600 to that... for everyone. Yes, the hasty addition is almost double the high end. Our unemployment is so out-of-date.
    ken haleFlukes
  • JoshuaHeterJoshuaHeter Omaha, NE
    ... hope you are well @JaimieT !
    JaimieTFlukes
  • MichelleMichelle California
    JaimieT said:
    Preaching to the choir about the health care system...

    My ex-employer is going to pay for their previous portion of my health care until September 30. That's nice of them. Anyway, here's where it gets funny. September 30, if I don't have a job, I'm SOL for getting health insurance from the marketplace (aka Obamacare). Yes, the employer no longer subsidizing my COBRA is not a qualifying event for getting a marketplace plan. If I want FULL coverage, no interruptions***, I'm better turning down that money and getting a marketplace plan. The way I'm doing it, I'll be gambling that the month of October is peaceful. Open enrollment is Nov 1.

    Why does it gotta be like this?  :D

    *** (edit) Unless I want to pay $570 for the full priced COBRA, you know.
    Part of my job is that I’m also the benefits administrator for the company.  I deal with this COBRA stuff every time we lose an employee.  Not a single one has ever opted to go on COBRA.  The cost per month for the full premium amount is ridiculous, and it’s even worse if you have a spouse/LP/dependents.  Really hoping you can find a good plan.

    I would think the $570 will probably be cheaper than 7 months of marketplace plans, based on my marketplace plans price despite significant credits.
    $570 x 7 = $3990.  I wonder what can be found on the marketplace for a single individual in her age range and given any other factors. 
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    @Michelle Fortunately I might get hired somewhere before I have to find a marketplace plan. By the time I got out of there in 2017 they were getting PRETTY shitty. I expect to pay about $250+.
    Michelle
  • CoryCory New Scotland
    Whenever you guys talk about your medical plans/coverage and costs... I get scared.  :#
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    Cory said:
    Whenever you guys talk about your medical plans/coverage and costs... I get scared.  :#

    ... then you get in your car, cross the border and buy tennis shoes.  B)
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    edited April 15
    I just got what appears to be the $1200 stimulus check. Edit: Oh, it's right. They adjusted for my (ex)salary, as if I were not currently unemployed. So I got less than half of it. 

    Did anyone else get it?
  • JoshTheBlackJoshTheBlack Atlanta, GA
    edited April 15
    I got the full 1200 yesterday, but last year I made slightly more than the poverty level because Uber/lyft income was all offset by expenses. (mostly mileage)

    None of my friends or family have gotten theirs yet. 
    JaimieT
  • Alkaid13Alkaid13 Georgia
    edited April 15
    Yeah I got mine, apparently a lot of them are delayed though so that Trump can personally sign them. Because that’s the world we live in now. 
  • I got 1200 deposited in my account yesterday.
    I’m one of the lucky ones who has stayed employed through this (so far.). 

    I’ll gladly use a portion of it for my moving fees in May.
  • Received $1,200 this morning in my account 

  • Wife and I got ours as well. 
  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    Seeing Americans fretting about healthcare plans scares the shit out of me. I know the NHS is struggling but dayuuuuummm I'm grateful for it.
    GiovanniCory
  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco

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    What a wonderful system we built for ourselves. I'm sure getting rid of trump will fix everything and no other changes are needed.


    GiovanniFlukes
  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco
    Also very comforting our supposedly progressive party's response to millions becoming newly uninsured and unable to seek healthcare during a pandemic is to expand COBRA, the system that everybody loves.
    Giovanni
  • JoshTheBlackJoshTheBlack Atlanta, GA
    Google and Apple have developed a contact tracing solution that is security/privacy minded.  The plan is to have an API implemented in IOS and Android devices software updates by mid-may for app developers to utilize.  I believe currently the plan is to have it be opt-in.  The latest episode of the "Security Now!" podcast did a deep dive on how the technology is supposed to work, for the technically minded among us.  I background listened while working on some repairs today, so I'm not fully versed on it, but I believe essentially your phone will be broadcasting over bluetooth LE a cryptographic signature that changes every 10 minutes or so, while recording any signatures that it sees and storing them for a rolling 21 days.  If you get diagnosed with COVID-19, you have the option of uploading all the signatures your device has used for the past 21 days to a server.  All other devices in your region will periodically download those signatures and check them against the ones your device has recorded, and if it finds anyone who has reported as infected has come in bluetooth LE range of you during the time they were possibly infectious, will let you know.  

    The biggest issues here are it's opt-in and self-reporting.  So you will only know if you come in contact with an infectious individual who has opted in AND reported their illness.  

    I encourouge anybody interested to listen to the podcast, or read the show notes (or Google/Apple's spec) to learn more.

    https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/04/apple-and-google-partner-on-covid-19-contact-tracing-technology/
    https://www.grc.com/sn/SN-762-Notes.pdf  Show notes, relevant section is pages 11-13.
    https://twit.tv/shows/security-now/episodes/762?autostart=false  Podcast
    JaimieTFlukes
  • I found this of Reddit last week and thought it was funny: https://reddit.app.link/mYxK7O4gI5

    Agree 100% with Chamath. The system is rigged for the rich. We created a socalist system for the rich and wealthy, but not the poor. For the poor and middle class it's all bootstraps, you better work your ass off AND be incredibly lucky. Makes me furious whenever I think about it. 
    bizmarkiefaderFlukesmykhailoJSDCAweeniegirl
  • FlukesFlukes Calgary, Canada
    Giovanni said:
    I found this of Reddit last week and thought it was funny: https://reddit.app.link/mYxK7O4gI5

    Agree 100% with Chamath. The system is rigged for the rich. We created a socalist system for the rich and wealthy, but not the poor. For the poor and middle class it's all bootstraps, you better work your ass off AND be incredibly lucky. Makes me furious whenever I think about it. 
    What I wanted him to say is that these people were amassing all this wealth and justifying it as a risky position. Now the house of cards is falling down and the truth is there never was any risk for them. They amassed the wealth by extracting it from regular wage earners and their out-sized influence over policy insulates them from all the risk they're supposed to be accepting by taking these positions.

    The worship of the wealthy is societal cancer. There is no attainable capitalist dream for people of average means and morality - for every Mark Cuban there are (conservatively) millions of people who had all the same skills, made all the same choices, and lost everything.
    bizmarkiefaderGiovanniMarci
  • edited April 16

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    What a wonderful system we built for ourselves. I'm sure getting rid of trump will fix everything and no other changes are needed.


    Woo boy. That’s me in a couple of weeks. 

    The best moment of all this, and maybe the best moment of my entire working career, was when we were told at a staff meeting that the partners were personally subsidizing our salaries for a month, that the practice probably will shut down at the end of April, how grateful we should be to them, and how, if they can find a legal way to do it, they will make us sign over our $1200 stimulus check to them to pay them back. Seriously, we were told that if they can figure out legally how to do it, we will have to PAY THE OWNERS OF THE CORPORATION $1200 for the privilege of having gotten to work there for an extra month. And then lose our jobs and health insurance. Jesus. For reference, that’s about half a month’s pay for much of the staff.  

    Edit: this is a private surgery practice, btw. 
    FlukesJaimieTFreddyGiovannibizmarkiefader
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    Unbelievable @mykhailo. And I'm sorry your job is being affected. 
  • I got my stimulus check today thankfully. I was denied unemployment because I’m self employed and the state of Kansas hasn’t implemented the cares act yet. If they ever get that enacted I’ll be eligible for the $600. I applied for a SBA Paycheck protection program over a week ago and was told I’d hear something back in 72 hours. I’ve yet to hear anything. 

    I’ve been out of work for 3 weeks, but I’ve been lucky that my wife’s job is still deemed essential. Since sleep studies are considered elective procedures I’m probably out of business until this wraps up, whenever that might be. 
  • HatorianHatorian Dagobah
    So I had some pretty major pain in my chest so I went to hospital. Got checked up. Apparently the X-ray came back and I had a minor lung infection. They knew it wasn’t Covid but said they were forcing to admit me until all tests confirmed I didn’t have it. They said anyone who comes in with lung issues gets tested. I was like ok. This sucks. 2 days in the hospital but gotta be responsible. So of course after 2 boring horrible days in the hospital I get negative and discharged and then the bill comes...I’m like what? You forced admitted me? Plus the government here said they were covering the costs for Covid. They said nope. Only confirmed cases..I was livid but luckily have insurance. If I didn’t I probably would have lost it. 
    NoelFreddyJaimieTFlukes
  • cdrivecdrive Houston, TX
    I voluntary furloughed for tomorrow and 1 Monday next pay period.  90% of us voluntarily furloughed a day/pay period.  #Rona 
    FreddyFlukes
  • podcartfanpodcartfan Cincinnati

    This will come off as a brag, but I wanted to highlight that there are some companies treating their employee's well during this time.  I work for a mid size architectural engineering firm (900 employees).  We have had many projects go on hold so we're pretty concerned with future workload.  Our CEO had a town hall and explained what the company was doing in order to keep staff as long as possible.

    1. All non-critical spending is on hold (non project travel, 401K match, training, etc).
    2. CEO 20% pay reduction and principles (qty. 20) 10% pay reduction.
    3. No staff reduction for April and will evaluate month to month.
    4. Company will operate at break even point for up to 6 months.
    5. Future option: Reduced work hours (40 to 30) while maintaining benefits.
    6. Future option: Furloughs for up to 60 days while maintaining benefits.
    7. Future option: Layoffs are the last resort.

    If our clients don’t start their projects back up there will be layoffs, but I'm pretty lucky in the meantime.

    Alkaid13tom_gnstinsonFlukesNoelGiovanniMarciweeniegirl
  • cdrivecdrive Houston, TX
    oh man Destin lookin' GORGE today...




  • That sucks @Hatorian, I'm surprised it took them that long to test you COVID negative?  How long did the swab take to come back?  Unfortunately the swabs don't seem to be as sensitive as one would like.....  

    Hatorian said:
    So I had some pretty major pain in my chest so I went to hospital. Got checked up. Apparently the X-ray came back and I had a minor lung infection. They knew it wasn’t Covid but said they were forcing to admit me until all tests confirmed I didn’t have it. They said anyone who comes in with lung issues gets tested. I was like ok. This sucks. 2 days in the hospital but gotta be responsible. So of course after 2 boring horrible days in the hospital I get negative and discharged and then the bill comes...I’m like what? You forced admitted me? Plus the government here said they were covering the costs for Covid. They said nope. Only confirmed cases..I was livid but luckily have insurance. If I didn’t I probably would have lost it. 

  • HatorianHatorian Dagobah
    That sucks @Hatorian, I'm surprised it took them that long to test you COVID negative?  How long did the swab take to come back?  Unfortunately the swabs don't seem to be as sensitive as one would like.....  

    Hatorian said:
    So I had some pretty major pain in my chest so I went to hospital. Got checked up. Apparently the X-ray came back and I had a minor lung infection. They knew it wasn’t Covid but said they were forcing to admit me until all tests confirmed I didn’t have it. They said anyone who comes in with lung issues gets tested. I was like ok. This sucks. 2 days in the hospital but gotta be responsible. So of course after 2 boring horrible days in the hospital I get negative and discharged and then the bill comes...I’m like what? You forced admitted me? Plus the government here said they were covering the costs for Covid. They said nope. Only confirmed cases..I was livid but luckily have insurance. If I didn’t I probably would have lost it. 

    Well I got admitted probably around noon. Took the first test sometime around 3 maybe. Then they said they couldn’t take the test again same day. So they woke me up around 8 I think the next day and then they told me it was negative around 2 and I was out by 3 or so. So I guess technically 24 hours but still. 
  • My results unfortunately came back positive. I feel okay so far, but it's early days. With an existing heart condition, I have cause for concern. 
    Wish me luck.
    Stay safe, stay indoors. 
    bizmarkiefadercdriverhcoopasmallcatNoelFlukesMichelleJSDCALordByOldGriswold
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