Applying for coverage under the Affordable Care Act

November 14th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | 2 Comments

I’ve started the process of seeking coverage under the Affordable Care Act on the healthcare.gov website. I ran into a few snags with the registration process last week, and the eligibility application process kept hanging, but this week, I was able to successfully submit the eligibility application. I was less frustrated with the technical glitches […]


What seems to get overlooked in the supreme court’s review of the individual mandate …

March 31st, 2012 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

What seems to get overlooked in the supreme court’s review of the individual mandate is that though young, healthy people may not need health insurance, health insurance is, sadly, a gatekeeper to getting access to even (relatively) cheap and easy healthcare services.  The expense, difficulty and stigma of accessing health care without insurance, and often […]


Bump Remover

January 1st, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

“What’s CR10?” my surgeon asked as he pointed to the t-shirt I had gotten from my volunteer shift at the conference.  “It’s a conference that I went to about prisons,” I replied.  I have this problem where I either explain things too verbosely, or to simply.  This was one of the times where I should […]


Perfunctory Healthcare

December 1st, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Since getting some semblance of health insurance, I’ve felt like the doctors I’ve dealt with have been competent, but curt, and I felt like my primary physician is just a dispatcher to a specialist.  Last night, I heard a story on All Things Considered that suggested that I wasn’t alone in my experience and that […]


Healthcare and the state update

October 1st, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Healthcare and the State continued There are few feelings better than knowing that someone’s got your back, or at least is looking out for you, or at the very, very least is holding up their end of being accountable to you.  So, I was really excited when my primary medical provider’s office called me and […]


A tail of different healthcare experiences

September 18th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I went to my first doctor’s appointment under the Healthy Indiana Plan yesterday, and went to the Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) clinic to get my records from the checkup I had there a year ago.  I wanted to write about these experiences and it seemed convenient to frame it in the metaphors of ‘a tale […]


A PMP, finally

August 5th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | 1 Comment

Working a lot with computers, acronyms have become second nature – lately it’s been SIP and DID and PBX and a slew of other ones.  Somehow though, I’m surprised when I realize that they don’t just exist in the realm of computer technology.  I’m more surprised when, in these other contexts, they no longer seem […]


finding a doctor continued

July 31st, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | 5 Comments

After being told that the physician to which I was assigned by MDWise under the HIP was no longer accepting patients, and that the person I switched to after that (being told by MDWise that their system listed them as ‘active’ or accepting patients) was also no longer accepting patients, I called another practice.  I […]


Switching Doctors Failed!

July 29th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I tried calling the doctor I selected last week to schedule an appointment.  The receptionist said they were no longer accepting new patients, even though I selected this doctor from a list that an MDWise rep gave me of doctors that, according to their system, were accepting new patients.   The receptionist at the doctor’s office […]


Healthy Indiana Plan: Scheduling a Physical

July 23rd, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I have gotten my information packet from MDWise but I had to call to get my RID number and assigned physician. Today I got my second POWER account bill from MDWise, but it said I didn’t owe anything. I tried to call my physician to schedule a physical and they said that the doctor was […]