Friday, April 5, 2013

HAWMC Day 5: Thinking BIG!

It's Day 5 of HAWMC....still going strong here.  Wah-hoo!  You can start with Day 1 here.

Today's prompt: If I could do anything as a Health Activist..."  Think big today!  Money/time/physical limitations are no longer an issue.  What is your biggest goal that is now possible?

One of the biggest things that I have always said I'd do, if I won a ton of money, is to open up a grant program for infertility treatments.  Insurance has a looooong way to go before infertility is recognized as a legitimate health issue (thanks to activists who regularly visit Washington, D.C., this is going to change!). 

The cost of treatments is no joke.  People take out loans, sell things, borrow from loved ones, etc., all in the name of dealing with this horrible disease that some insurance companies don't consider a medical issue.  Some plans get around the mandatory state coverage, because it's a "self-insured" plan.  Or they cover peanuts of the total cost of treatment. 

All told, some people spend tens of thousands of dollars for infertility treatments and never have a baby on the other side of said treatments.  Until insurance companies can be sensible and cover all infertility all of the time, my biggest dream is to have a gigantic cushion of money to simply give away to those who don't have coverage, who don't have the means, and who desperately want treatments. 

Imagine what it would be like to not have to ever worry about the funds needed for your medical issue.  How different would life be for you?

Until next time...

Be well,
~M

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