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Old 06-02-2016, 08:56 PM   #25661
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I'm officially old - or pretty close to it. I logged onto the Medicare website and applied for my Medicare card. At least my health insurance costs will be a lot lower when I'm done having to get insurance through the Health Connector site - less than half of what I'm paying now. Nice!
I'm glad to hear that!

My portion of the premium for The Affordable Care Act is now over $660.00/month and last month I received a notice that my insurance carrier has requested a 20% premium increase in 2017. Obamacare has been a big help to me and even with the new increase it will be cheaper than what I was paying on my own.

The good news is that I finally started collecting my SS, now all I have to do is write checks no more deposits!
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Old 06-02-2016, 11:24 PM   #25662
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I meandered around the perimeter of one of the raised bed flower gardens, and thought, " I didn't plant those." It was a huge crop of 3 foot high sneezeweed. I yanked them up.

Cheryl and AB, DH is closing in on 65. We get at least 6 calls a day from some medical providers. I let it go to our "spam" phone account (home line). We also get offered a free cruise to the Bahamas every day.
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Old 06-03-2016, 12:19 AM   #25663
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Dawg....multiple calls a day?!? Holy cow. I guess that's what I get to look forward to as I quickly approach 'that age'.

I've also gotten a few calls here and there saying I won a free cruise to the Bahamas. I'll meet up with ya there.
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Old 06-03-2016, 03:27 AM   #25664
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Dawg....multiple calls a day?!? Holy cow. I guess that's what I get to look forward to as I quickly approach 'that age'.

I've also gotten a few calls here and there saying I won a free cruise to the Bahamas. I'll meet up with ya there.
Haha
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Old 06-03-2016, 03:36 AM   #25665
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I'm glad to hear that!

My portion of the premium for The Affordable Care Act is now over $660.00/month and last month I received a notice that my insurance carrier has requested a 20% premium increase in 2017. Obamacare has been a big help to me and even with the new increase it will be cheaper than what I was paying on my own.

The good news is that I finally started collecting my SS, now all I have to do is write checks no more deposits!
Last year, my ACA premium was just under $580/month. Pretty much the same we paid for one person when we were carrying COBRA, so it really wasn't a savings from what we had paid but probably less than I would have paid under a personal plan. This year, strangely, my premium dropped almost $50! By estimates, my Medicare plus Supplementals should be just under $200. Can't beat that with a stick.

About phone calls? We killed our land line about three years ago, so we don't get any spam calls...not even political ones! Not getting cruise offers is worth it. However, since the first of the year, insurers who offer supplemental policies have been slamming my snail mail mailbox. Once I started to get the 5th and 6th mailing from a particular carrier, I dumped the new mail. Still, here is a picture of the pile I've saved. Somewhere, a Momma tree cries for her baby tree that was killed for all of this junk mail...
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Old 06-03-2016, 03:45 AM   #25666
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About phone calls? We killed our land line about three years ago, so we don't get any spam calls...not even political ones! Not getting cruise offers is worth it...
I dumped my land line and made the mistake of keeping my old telephone number, now I get spam calls everywhere I go!!!
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Old 06-03-2016, 10:25 AM   #25667
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At least on your smart phone you can block phone numbers so they can't call again. Unfortunately, they have more numbers to use than you can block.
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Old 06-03-2016, 01:30 PM   #25668
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I bought a kit that has batteries separate from the tubes where the vaping happens and that part is refillable. I bought several different flavours (and a couple of different nicotine strengths) to see what I like. Mostly I got flavours that taste like a cigarette. Maybe, once pot is legal here, they will start selling "e-juice" with pot in it.

Yeah, they just passed really strict laws about smoking here and all of them apply equally to vaping. Okay, maybe the non-smokers shouldn't have to be exposed to vaping, but this is absurd. No smoking on the terrasse of a bar or resto. No smoking within 9 metres (~30') of a door or window that can open. Technically, I can't smoke or vape in my tiny backyard, because by the time I'm 9 metres from my patio door, I'm outside my yard. Sheesh.
We have a rule as an addendum to our leash, that we can't smoke within 25 feet of the property. Well, the sidewalk abuts the property and to smoke a cigarette, you have to smoke in the middle of the street. So one day to show just how foolish the rule is, I knew the members of the Board were due to arrive for their monthly meeting. I deliberately stood in the middle of the street smoking my cigarette. I refuse to move so they could pull into the parking lot. One of the drivers asked me what I was doing. I told them plain and simple. Following the rules. Not smoking adjacent to the property. They can just wait until I finish with my cigarette. The rule was changed at the meeting after they patiently waited for me to finish.
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Old 06-03-2016, 01:38 PM   #25669
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The anti-smoking laws seem to be more about punishing smokers than about a reasonable way to protect non-smokers.
You are so right. I do try to be a considerate smoker. At the hospital I go to for some of my appointments, they have No Smoking signs all over the place. Except for the sidewalk. That leaves quite a mess for the city to clean up at the end of the day where all the smokers to. But I have seen folks smoking right under a No Smoking sign. Not once have I seen someone say something to them.
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Old 06-06-2016, 04:45 PM   #25670
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After trying almost every brand of ear plugs on the market with little to no success for a good nights sleep. My husband found these for me to try.

https://hush.technology/?gclid=CICb4...FYqPfgodcNoABw

Hopefully they will do the trick. When you've been sleep deprived for so long as I have, desperation sets in. Seriously all I want is a full night's uninterrupted nights sleep.

The name reminds me of that tune "Hush hush sweet Charlotte"
That has to be a good thing.

They should be here today. Tonight we'll find out.
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