June 25th, 2003


It's official!

It's official, the US government has declared me elderly! I got my Medicare card in the mail yesterday - they send them automatically to eligible people 3 months before their 65th birthday.

What do they know, anyway? How can I be elderly when I haven't even become middle-aged yet? I expected an orderly sequence here: A child, a Yuppy/Guppy, a middle ager, and an old folk - one step at a time. Of course I had gotten a prewarning about this event 15 years ago when the AARP started sending me my Modern Maturity subscription. What's this maturity thing - I haven't even decided what I am going to be when I grow up.

Of course, I'm happy to take the Medicare route. As a retiree from my company (Bull) I have been getting medical insurance at employee rates but that plan stops when I turn 65. Medicare costs just under $60 a month but has significant limits and deductibles and I can supplement it with First Seniority from Harvard Pilgrim, Secure Horizons from Tufts or several other disgustingly named HMOs for another 120-135 a month, one of which I will choose soon. This plan will be slightly worse than the one I get from Bull for $156 a month and similar to the $500 a month plan that ordinary citizen rsc who is unaffiliated with any company or government has to pay.
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