miranda health insurance

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I'm writing to you today with great humility and embarrassment. Friends, I need your help.


year, when I signed up for insurance on the marketplace, I estimated my

income at the minimum qualifying level, and set a goal to make enough

money each month so that I would be sure to qualify for health

insurance. However, things didn't go as planned, and my health was so

erratic that I was unable to make even that minimum.

Many of you

know some of what I went through, few of you know the whole story. 2016

was recovery from major surgery. It was successfully completing a pain

management program; 4 hours of daily therapy, five days a week, for six

weeks. It was constant physical, water, pelvic and mental health

therapies. It was bone spurs irritating nerves around my rib cage. It

was 2 pinched nerves in my low back, sending neuralgia radiating down my

leg, making sitting impossible. This was followed by repeated steroid

epidurals that provided tiny pockets of pain-free time. In the meantime,

my chronic illnesses crept in on me and flared because of the stress -

more pain from endometriosis and increased anxiety and depression.


worked when I could, thanks to friends who offered me flexible jobs

that I could do in the pockets of wellness. Thank you. Even with their

generosity, most months I fell well short of my income goal. Being

unable to sit was challenging and when I fell back on restaurant work, I

found my single-sided deafness too great to be able to communicate

effectively with guests or co-workers. It seemed everything I did to

advocate for myself blew up in my face. As the year kept on, the stress

from this continued to eat me from the inside out, paralyzing me with

fear and self-disgust.

It was and still is my intention to become

fully employed by eventually getting enough small jobs that are

flexible so that I can be fully self-sufficient. Up to now, Pat has been

taking up my slack cheerfully and without complaint, and I know he

would keep doing so if it were feasible. I am very lucky and so

grateful. But, making a living as a musician is difficult as it is and

2016 was an especially slow year for him with little studio work. I want

nothing more than to remove this burden from him.

I went five

years without health insurance and health care. The last three have been

a blessing and I am so grateful to have the wonderful, affordable plan I

have. I have been working diligently to improve my health and I have

made so much progress.

Thanks to my excellent health insurance,

I'm going to therapy twice a week, and with the help of experts, have an

intensive at-home physical therapy and relaxation routine to help

manage pain and neuralgia. I've been experimenting with new medications,

and though I had a couple of bad reactions that set me back, I've

recently found something new that's promising. I have discovered that

St. Louis has an endometriosis specialist who is in my network, and one

of my goals for 2017 is to see him and have expert excision surgery that

is not available in Kansas City. 80% of his patients have no recurrence

and the idea of not being in pain 75% of each month seems fantastical.

Also, as a lot of you know, I have been testing bone assisted hearing

devices and would like to go through with a surgery that would implant

an abutment in my skull for the device to attach. During the trial,

being able to hear, I've felt like I've been let in on a little secret.

It's difficult to explain to those who haven't experienced it, but, not

having to constantly position myself to hear, read lips, strain and

eventually checking out and isolating myself from others has really made

a difference. The lack of frustration must be self-evident, but, what

is amazing to me is that I don't wear out so fast. I don't come home

from a single outing exhausted with a 3 day recovery. I had no idea how

much energy I was using simply existing in the presence of others. At

this point, my insurance company has denied this procedure but my

audiologist and her team are busy working on an appeal on my behalf. I

am so grateful.

I am doing everything I can to make my life

better, to make Pat's life better and to be a functioning member of

society but I've fallen into one of the holes in the system. My income

from 2016 is too low for me to qualify for healthcare in 2017. This

means I will lose my insurance with providers I know and trust, my plans

will be entirely derailed and progress lost.

I can't lose my health insurance.

I can't lose this momentum.

I've come too far.

I need your help.

I know it's a lot to ask and it seems an impossible amount and this is one of the most embarrassing things I've had to do.


have about three weeks to raise $8,000. It sounds impossible, but some

close friends have indicated their willingness to help, and that's given

me the courage to ask. I'm doing this as a last resort. I humbly ask

for the help of those who can. I know things are tight for most of us.

Would you please consider donating?

Funds raised will be used for:

Most importantly, qualifying for 2017 insurance
Living expenses
Health insurance and medical costs, including travel to St. Louis for endometriosis treatment
Non-covered medical expenses: dentist, audiologist, alternative pain practitioner, optometrist, contacts, progressive lenses
Possibly, supportive seating that does not trigger nerve pain

Thank you, friends, for your consideration and for supporting my mission to wellness and full-functionality.



I welcome any suggestions you may have for flexible paid work in 2017. I

don't want to find myself in this situation again. I am available for

massage therapy in your home (or mine, if you love dogs,) pet sitting

and nail care, house sitting, child care, cleaning and organization,

light bookkeeping, administrative tasks, and research projects. I would

love to assist a creative and am open to random opportunities


  • miranda anderson
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