“A very good friend of mine (retired teacher, no Medicare) died on 26 August.”

Hello, Fred.

You won’t remember me , but we met at a couple of the NEA national conventions.

This issue of the 500 infuriates me, for a very personal reason.

Feel free to share the information.

A very good friend of mine (retired teacher, no Medicare) died on 26 August.

She had been to a specialist in June to discuss a colostomy. That doctor recommended the procedure. However, he was not in the HMO , and she did not have the $50,000 cash to pay for it. Even after explaining how serious her condition was, the soonest she could get an appointment was 8 September. She didn’t live that long.

Honestly, I cannot say that the colostomy would have solved her problems, because she faced several issues- however, at the least her quality of life would gave been greatly improved, and at the most, the operation may have saved her life. She never had the opportunity to find out.

The fact that the IEA had the chance to address this insurance issue and chose not to do so is sickening. (You reported this in an earlier blog-I certainly never heard about this in any IEA publication).

I intend to contact the IEA and ask them to reconsider its position in this matter. I truly hope we don’t need to stand by and watch the remaining teachers in this situation die, one by one, while we have it in our power to help even one.

Thanks for all you do on behalf of students and teachers in our state, Fred.

Frank Marks, retired teacher

3 Replies to ““A very good friend of mine (retired teacher, no Medicare) died on 26 August.””

    1. Jeez. What if there is more? You quibble over the amount. The point here is that there are a shrinking number of retired teachers in Illinois who do not qualify for Medicare and because they live in-state pay far more for health care than their cohorts who retired out of state. When you comment like that you come off – I hope not intentionally – as heartless.

  1. Fred, very sorry to hear about your friend. Speaking to that matter of health insurance the city of Chicago is dropping all retirees at end of year. They are offering a private bc/bs policy for a non medicare annuitant and spouse at 2600 a month. For some this could be entire paycheck.

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