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Attention Target Pharmacy customers...

Monday, December 03, 2012

Warning: if providing you service takes more than the simplest tasks, Target will no longer be serving you. No thanks for your patronage!

As you can tell, I'm seriously ticked off. Target pharmacy has decided that providing me with medication is too difficult. I have COBRA insurance and medical assistance (MA - state health care) as a secondary insurance, until my COBRA runs out then state health care is all I'll have. Well, my COBRA doesn't cover any PPI (acid reflux medication). The pharmacy is supposed to bill the COBRA, then bill the MA with a certain code to say that it is not covered by my primary insurance. They have blamed MA saying that they don't cover PPIs - which is a lie because MA told me they will cover it as long as they bill with this certain code. Then they blamed my doctor saying she didn't fill out the paperwork - which is a lie because my doctor has done everything required and then some for me to get this medication. I have spent HOURS on the phone trying to get this to work, but even though both MA and the doctor's office have called the pharmacy to clear it up then called me to tell me they couldn't get the pharmacy to budge, the pharmacy is still claiming that no one but them is doing anything!

After fighting this fight for 2 months and getting nowhere, I'm ticked. I called store management and they passed it off, saying the manager of the pharmacy will call me back... yeah I won't hold my breath. Then I called a local news station with the idea of making it a story because if I'm having this problem you know others will be too! Then I told Target to print out a list of every medication they've filled for the past 2 years. I took that and went right next door to Cub Foods. I had called ahead and talked to a pharmacist about the problem and asked her if she knew how to handle it. She said she's never come across it before, but she's willing to help - especially because I have already done so much leg work on this and know what's really supposed to happen. I brought in a copy of the page from the COBRA contract that states they will not cover any acid reflux medication whatsoever and an email from someone from the county's services stating what is supposed to happen and suggesting that I leave Target and go elsewhere. The new pharmacist has an idea what needs to be done, so now it's a matter of getting it done.

Because Target employees decided they didn't want to do their jobs, they've just lost a customer who gets several thousand dollars in medications per year - and will probably be getting even more in the next few years. The list of medications I've had filled in the last 2 years is 4 pages long! They kinda shot themselves in the foot, huh?

A tip to anyone who uses Target Pharmacy and has any difficulties with your insurance - don't deal with them, just go elsewhere. They don't care whatsoever if you get your medication or not.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CTUPTON 12/7/2012 5:23PM

    emoticon Sorry getting the meds you need is so complicated.

Hugs, Chris

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RISINGBLUESTAR 12/4/2012 10:33PM

    I am sorry you are struggling. It amazes me that people like that have jobs. It doesn't sound that hard to me. I don't understand why it can't be done. How annoying! I hope everything goes smoothly from this point and you are able to get your medication. :)

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JAMER123 12/3/2012 11:44PM

    It is so frustrating to have to change pharmacies. We did have problems with one and went to another. So far so good but we are registered at another as well. Don't know if we will change yet. So far the pharmacy we are with and us have agreed. Hoping it all gets worked out for you!!

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IUHRYTR 12/3/2012 10:41PM

    I'm on Wellcare, a Medicare Advantage program and left Walgreens pharmacy several months ago because they had a promotion of giving a $25.00 store gift card for each prescription transferred to them. When I tried to do this, the pharmacist said the promotion wasn't allowed for people on any government insurance, including veterans on Tricare. I immediately transferred all prescriptions (many) to Walmart even though it's further away. -- Lou

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UMBILICAL 12/3/2012 10:05PM

  A broken world we live in .

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Request for donated pictures, take 2

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Here's the original blog I posted: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo

If anyone is willing to help, please send me a sparkmail and we'll talk about it. I've gotten a lot of pictures from one great person (Sherry!) and a few others have sent a few. I'm looking for some more so I have a range of pictures to choose from, as the must be clear and high quality so they look good when printed. I'll also need to choose which will fit best with the words I'll be putting with them.

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JOYCECAIN 11/27/2012 7:39PM

    I am sorry, I don't have pictures. I shake so bad, things come out blurred. What type are you looking for? lolI

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SHERRYGAYL 11/27/2012 6:47PM

    *fist bump* Any other themes you're interested in? If I don't have something I can try to get some shots!


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Sparkfriends, help me create a pseudonym!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tonight was the first of 2 classes about how to find a literary agent. After the class I talked to the teacher (an agent, unfortunately not for my preferred genre) about my want to have a pseudonym to be published. After talking with her, it seems it's a good idea to come up with a name now and start posting online with that name to start establishing it. Unfortunately, I'm not really sure about a name to use. I'm hoping my sparkfriends will help, as several of you know me pretty well.

I'm looking for ideas - I need a first name and a last name. I don't have many parameters, just nothing vulgar (of course), I like unique, should be female, and I'd prefer a name that is somewhat caucasian-sounding (to match with the writing I"m doing and my own demographic) or race ambiguous. Feel free to submit several ideas if you have them.

Thanks, sparkfriends!

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CTUPTON 12/7/2012 5:29PM

    Could you give us a start by blogging describing your interests, nicknames, favorite activities....etc.

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RISINGBLUESTAR 11/16/2012 2:22PM

    It's not an easy task to choose a name because only you know which names you would be drawn to the most. Of course, if you already knew which name to pick, you wouldn't need help. All we can do is try, right? :)

Edana means "Born with fire." It's an Irish name.
Kenna is an English name with basically the same meaning.

I don't know about last names. That a tough one.

I thought first names with that meaning would be a good fit because you have to have a fire within to figure out what's wrong and to fight to get well as you are doing.

Those names sound unique and feminine to me but they may not resonate with you. I don't know if they are particularly Caucasian sounding. I don't think you necessarily need a race ambiguous sounding name. If you have interesting material or at the very least, useful information, people will read it. I think most people are drawn more to titles than they are names.

I don't know about last names.

Comment edited on: 11/20/2012 3:46:00 AM

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IUHRYTR 11/13/2012 7:42PM

    The first one to come to mind is "Adrienne Boxer." Hmm, have to keep working on it. -- Lou

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SHERRYGAYL 11/13/2012 4:23PM

    Yeah, that's a tough one. I like what J.K. Rowling did. Her name is just Jo but J.K. is classic, simple, and gender-neutral. emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 11/13/2012 4:03PM

    I don't have any ideas, but I found some tips online that might be fun to try out.


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MISSCUS 11/13/2012 2:53PM

    Julianne Vartov

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My speech at the Wings of Mercy MN fundraiser

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

This is the speech I gave at the Wings of Mercy MN fundraiser on 9/8/12. This non-profit flies me from St Paul to Milwaukee for doctors appointments at no cost to me. I was honored to speak and share how much they help me. I'm sharing this video for my SparkFriends who wanted to see, and with the hope that someone else might be helped (www.wingsofmercymn.org), or that those who have the ability to give will support WoM's wonderful work.

It's been 2 months since I gave this speech, and watching it again I realize what I was saying wasn't always what I thought I was saying, partially because of nerves and no notes, but also because of my cognative decline. But I think the message came through. I know the response I got that night was incredible!

Does anyone know a place online where I can upload this video for free to share with only some people? I want to share this on my CaringBridge, but they don't offer video uploads and I don't want to share my SparkPeople with my CaringBridge followers. I'm not sure about using YouTube, so I'm wondering what other sites could I use?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MISSCUS 11/27/2012 2:00AM

    You give a good speech. Easy to follow. You looked very pretty too. I feel good for you that W of M is available to you. There are some truly unselfish people here on earth. Unfortunately I am unaware of sites to upload to, other than the youtube and a couple others like youtube. Keep trying.

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MOM2ACAT 11/7/2012 4:33PM

    You did great! I am so proud of you!

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SHERRYGAYL 11/7/2012 2:39PM

    Well done emoticon emoticon

I don't know anything about uploading videos, though. Sorry I can't help with that. I can ask my son if he knows. He's a teenager, he probably knows more about it than an old lady like me emoticon

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JAMER123 11/6/2012 10:30PM

    emoticon for sharing an emoticon message. W of M are a wonderful organization and take as many people as possible. I am glad you are one of the ones that gets help from them!!
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