Thanks to everyone who posted or wrote to me privately.
1) Short answer is that I looked into group insurance first and it either wasn’t offered, I wasn’t eligible, or I can do better with individual.
2) Forms are in the hands of the insurance agent.
3) The good thing about all of this is that as complicated as it all is, as frustrating and time consuming to try to remember every illness, doctor, etc from the past 10 years, I found myself counting my blessings, too. I found myself thinking how lucky I am that I’m in good health. I found myself thinking how lucky I am the list I had to prepare wasn’t longer. I found myself thinking how lucky I was to find Brooke Lagarde, the insurance agent, who knew the answers to things I couldn’t find out on my own.
Mind you, I still think our health care system is in crisis. I still think it’s appalling that we don’t have basic health care coverage for every man, woman, and child in this country. But today I’m also able to count my blessings, and as those of you who regularly read my blog know, I believe that the more we focus on the good things in our lives, the more we find the energy and resilience and ability to cope with whatever challenges do occur.