Hurricane Ike Hits the Bureaucratic Fan

September 22, 2008


Well, here’s a consequence to Hurricane Ike I never dreamed possible, all the way across the continent in Upstate New York: the bureaucracy. My medical insurance company is unreachable and cannot approve my scheduled MRI (an MRI is like an x-ray). Why? Because the insurance center is in Texas; and because of the hurricane, the power is out there. Therefore, everyone in New York State who needs approval for our tests, scans, and appointments cannot get approval for anything. My MRI has been delayed for over a week and counting.

I’m shocked by it, really. I have New York State health insurance coverage. It’s NEW YORK STATE. I assumed everything would be through New York State offices? No, says my doctors’ offices. New York State has outsourced its own health insurance policies! I asked the office– no one can schedule an appointment or a test- no one in New York State who has this coverage– because of the hurricane in Texas?! They said that is correct.

Well, blow me over with chinese air tools and call me Ike! For one, NYS can’t even support it’s own health insurance company?! Not only are New Yorkers leaving NY for Texas, NYS business is, too, apparently! And two, they KNEW the hurricane was a-coming! Why did they leave all that information in one location, so vulnerable?!

I wouldn’t care so much, but my health insurance coverage ends October 1st. I’m contesting the termination, but knowing how slow the bureaucratic slug moves, it may not be reinstated for half a year. And the funny thing is, the company needs an MRI to determine my eligibility. [insert crazy, maniacal screaming]

Somedays ya just gotta throw yer hands up in the air and give a good laugh. Holy cow, the things that go on around here!

4 Responses to “Hurricane Ike Hits the Bureaucratic Fan”

  1. Karen Says:

    Isn’t that crazy! See how our economy could be jeopardized by computers failing? It is scary.

  2. Sonya Says:

    I feel your pain. I live on the coast. I’m from the Midwest and this is the second major hurricane I’ve been through – the second time around did not make the experience any easier. When I moved here, I was surprised to find out how many essential services are outsourced beyond state lines or to other countries. If I could have physically stopped Hurricane Ike, you would have had your MRI with no problem, a lot of people wouldn’t have lost their homes, and 45+ people would not have lost their lives.

  3. Rebecca Says:

    You’re right, Karen. I feel the same way.

    Sonya, we can’t stop a hurricane but we sure can get out of its way. Someone please tell me why we have so many important services plunked in the line of fire down there…. and honestly I wonder about the sanity of people who build cities knowing full well such storms rip through. I just don’t understand it at all.

    Sorry to hear of your hurricane experiences. You could always move to New York! We have no hurricanes, although the taxes would probably render you in a state of shock…

  4. Sonya Says:

    About the “stopping a hurricane” thing, I was being a bit facetious. Yeah, I wonder about the sanity of people who build cities on the Gulf Coast as well. I’m currently saving so I can move further inland, because this is madness.

    I don’t know how my family has lived here for generations enduring the Tropical Storm/Hurricane onslaught. Maybe they need Lithium?? I don’t know, but I’m getting out of dodge as quickly as my finances will allow.

    I’ve thought about moving to New York many times – but only if a GAZILLION dollars floated from the sky into my living room. It ain’t gonna happen. That’s unfortunate because I would love to live in Manhattan.