1. Join Chef Success Today!
    Get support for your PC business today! Increase your sales right now! Download 1000s of files and images, view thousands of support threads! Totally Free!
    Dismiss Notice

Pampered Chef: Plus Size Consultants and Insurance

  1. cwinter474

    cwinter474 Veteran Member Gold Member

    1,183
    0
    I'm searching for health insurance for myself. My husband and daughter are covered thru the state due to disabilites. I'm 46yrs old, 5'2 and weigh .... well let's just say I'm over weight. I have NO medical conditions, other than my weight and I'm not on any medications.

    I've been turned down by 3 differant companies. Told I need to lose 40pounds and one of them would cover me. OR pay $530 a month for insurance.

    I know some of you are plus size. Who carries your insurance?

    Help!

    feel free to email or PM me if you'd rather not post here. I need insurance, I'm not getting any younger.

    Yes, I've gone thru the insurance listed on the Pampered Perks, though maybe I didn't pick the right company.

    Thanks

    Carol
     
    Jul 28, 2009
    #1
  2. pcchefjane

    pcchefjane Senior Member Gold Member

    2,721
    5
    Hmmm...that was going to be my suggestion. I haven't had insurance in over 10 years myself because of my employment/unemployment record. I am 5'8" and plus size as well!
     
    Jul 28, 2009
    #2
  3. jbdowd0798

    jbdowd0798 Veteran Member Gold Member

    1,275
    1
    Try Pampered Perks company. My husband is in the Navy so I'm covered automatically but I do have life insurance through USAA. I too am 5'7 and plus size but have good blood pressure and cholesterol.
     
    Jul 28, 2009
    #3
  4. pcsharon1

    pcsharon1 Veteran Member Gold Member

    1,552
    9
    I'm sorry, I'm no help. I am plus size as well, but my husband is in the Army so I am automatically covered - and thankful for it everyday. I know that I had trouble getting life insurance at one point because of it and it's more expensive and not as high as I would like it to be. I did speak with the Pampered Perks vendor at conferece about what they offer but he was simply an agent who finds the insurance for you. Give them a try and see what they can do.
     
    Jul 29, 2009
    #4
  5. cwinter474

    cwinter474 Veteran Member Gold Member

    1,183
    0
    Been thru Pampered Perks..... The two companies I chose thru them denied me.
     
    Jul 29, 2009
    #5
  6. ChefJoyJ

    ChefJoyJ Veteran Member

    1,038
    0
    If I were you, I'd try to get some sort of health insurance. Medical care is soooo darn expensive!

    When I was 24, I left my current teaching position and began to work at a non profit organization teaching pre-K for at risk kids. I meant to sign up for their insurance, but completely forgot and missed the deadline, so I had to wait a year. Signed up for it the next year, although I almost missed the deadline again, b/c I just hadn't made it a priority. I was 25 at that time, in good health, no prior conditions...well, you get the idea. I'm lucky I signed up for it when I did. About a month later, I began to have vertigo for no reason...got to the point I couldn't turn my head, or tilt it, or even sit still for fear of the world tipping upside down and spinning out of control. The dr just discounted me. Then I developed excruciating headaches first thing in the morning...which turned into all day...which eventually included neck pain. I was taking 4 advil, every 4 hours, and it didn't touch it. The dr. just prescribed me pain pills, but blew me off, I guess b/c I was an otherwise healthy 25 year old. Then I began to have intermitten naseau and bouts of vomitting, once a day, that eventually turned into all day every day. I lost 10 pounds in 3 days b/c I couldn't eat, I was in debilitating pain, I was vomitting constantly, etc. Finally, my husband (who was my fiance at that point) went with me to the dr b/c he couldn't believe that I had been begging for a CT and they wouldn't order me one, esp. with my condition. He saw them try to blow me off again. I looked at this dr (different than my usual), told him I was on 6 different meds, including 3 different pain meds, I had never been in an accident, I had no reason to be in such pain, and I wanted a CT. I needed him to get me an appt. I didn't care if I had to pay for it out of pocket.

    After my CT, while I was on my way home, the drs office called and sent me to the hospital for an emergency MRI. After my MRI, the neurosurgeon on call came in, told me they found the cause of my problems, but I needed emergency surgery. Turns out I had a large lemon sized cyst growing rapidly in my cerebellum. It had closed 3 of the 4 major ventricles in my brain and my 4th was dangerously close to closing. I was in surgery the next day. After he drained it, I had immediate relief (well, after the side effects from brain surgery wore off).

    All that to say that, just from beg. symptoms to surgery (and subsequent time in the neuro ICU, then the step down unit), totaled to over $65,000. If I hadn't had insurance, I would have had to pay for that out of pocket. :eek: :eek: :eek: Luckily, I only had to pay $2000, then insurance covered it all, b/c that was my max out of pocket amount.

    At my 6 month follow up MRI, they noticed it growing again, so I had to have another surgery to implant a shunt for continuous drainage. Then at another follow up MRI, they noticed a spot that is either a tumor or a cluster of blood vessels. That warranted a trip to a major hospital over 1 1/2 away that could do a nuclear test. I have to get an MRI once a year, follow up with my nuerosurgeon, and am looking at another surgery sometime in the next few years (when the shunt fails/breaks and needs a replacement, plus to remove or biopsy the mysterious spot).

    I haven't even begun to add up those costs yet.

    So, it is scary to me...when I hear of people going w/o insurance...b/c I know how quickly something so serious (and random) can hit.
     
    Jul 29, 2009
    #6
  7. cwinter474

    cwinter474 Veteran Member Gold Member

    1,183
    0
    Believe me I know how scary it is not to have insurance. That is why I posted here trying to find out where people are able to get covered. Seems like most are covered with their hubbies.
     
    Jul 29, 2009
    #7
  8. ChefJoyJ

    ChefJoyJ Veteran Member

    1,038
    0
    I know you're looking. I just wanted to put that out as a cautionary tale to people who don't think they need health insurance.

    Good luck! I'll keep my ears open for you...
     
    Jul 29, 2009
    #8
  9. cwinter474

    cwinter474 Veteran Member Gold Member

    1,183
    0
    Thanks Joy, I really appreciate it
     
    Jul 29, 2009
    #9
  10. crystalscookingnow

    crystalscookingnow Senior Member Gold Member

    2,965
    1
    Does your state have a health & human services department? I don't know your income but perhaps there is a program through the state?
     
  11. cwinter474

    cwinter474 Veteran Member Gold Member

    1,183
    0
    Hubby and daughter are covered. I would only be covered if I was pregnant, which ain't happening! No factory here.

    Thanks for the idea
     
    Jul 29, 2009
    #11
  12. crystalscookingnow

    crystalscookingnow Senior Member Gold Member

    2,965
    1
    What about a major medical plan? That wouldn't cover dr. visits & things like that but should you end up in the hospital, the plan would kick in. I have no idea if that would even work for you or not, but I've heard of it.

    Did you ask the agent why the plan for you was so high? If it's group coverage, they would be basing it off of others your age. An individual plan shouldn't be so bad though.
     
  13. crystalscookingnow

    crystalscookingnow Senior Member Gold Member

    2,965
    1
  14. PCMomto4

    PCMomto4 Member

    258
    0
    I would recommend major medical coverage also especially if you are finding a normal plan too expensive. If you don't go to the doctors very often you could just pay out of pocket for those, but have the insurance in case, god forbid, you have to be hospitalized for some reason.

    It is true that you just never know when something might happen, my husband had a gallbladder attack and ended up with pancreatitus and was hospitalized for almost a month because of it and they billed our insurance over 80,000 for all of his expenses. It is crazy what medical expenses are nowadays.

    Like most others we are covered through my husbands work policy and I am so thankful for that every time I have to take the kids to the doctors. I really hope you can find something that will work for you, I'll keep you in my prayers.
     
    Jul 29, 2009
    #14
  15. cwinter474

    cwinter474 Veteran Member Gold Member

    1,183
    0
    Hadn't really thought of major medical. I will certainly look into it.

    They wouldn't accept me due to my weight. I'm 40 pounds overweight according to them, to be covered on their medical, yes, they were group policies. I'm 5'2 and weigh 188, and have NO medical problems, I've had my gallbladder out, and a hystorectomy (not splet right, removal of baby factor) and I'm not on any prescriptions.

    Geeze, what more do they want.
     
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2009
    Jul 30, 2009
    #15
  16. PCMomto4

    PCMomto4 Member

    258
    0
    I don't think they are as picky so to say with major medical because you aren't going to be using it on a day to day basis if that makes sense. I know when my husband switched jobs we had a 6 month waiting period for the insurance to kick in and I got major medical for both of us for that time being. I don't remember having to go through any physicals or what not.

    The other thing to is a lot of times doctors will give you a discount if you are a cash paying customer if you ask. They might charge 150 for a visit but insurance doesn't pay them that much, I think our insurance pays about 60 per visit so they are only getting a percentage of their fee. Since they take reduced amounts from insurance companies it is worth asking if they will reduce the fee for you since you are paying cash.
     
    Jul 30, 2009
    #16
  17. cwinter474

    cwinter474 Veteran Member Gold Member

    1,183
    0
    We have been doing that for years, doctors, even labs and hospitals will/can drasticly reduce your bill if you can pay in full. Saving add up

    Carol
     
    Jul 30, 2009
    #17
  18. Intrepid_Chef

    Intrepid_Chef Legend Member Silver Member

    5,185
    20
    I'm way more plus sized than you and I have coverage through work.

    I'm not sure what to tell you. I've never had to shop for insurance. The coverage I get through work is pretty cruddy.
     
  19. cindylpal

    cindylpal Member Gold Member

    284
    2
    After my divorce 9 years, I had to deal with the whole insurance issue (along with everything else). I started working for the school dist., mainly to be on my children schedule...but also for the benefits for myself. There have been times over my 8 years with PC that I wished I could do this full-time...but I can't give up those outside benefits. Have you thought of getting another job...just for the benefits???
     
    Jul 30, 2009
    #19
  20. cwinter474

    cwinter474 Veteran Member Gold Member

    1,183
    0
    I have, thought of going back to work, but I've not been able to find one where I can work enought hours to get benifits and be able to take my daughter and hubby to doctors and therapy, I am thinking more and more of a night shift somewhere, don't know when I would get to sleep.
     
    Jul 30, 2009
    #20
Have something to add?

Draft saved Draft deleted