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Title: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: herb on February 28, 2008, 10:03:32 PM
Hi All - New jersey governor signed a new parity law today assuring amputees adequate insurance coverage. It is the eighth state to do so and i understand that there is progress on a federal bill. It is about time that insurance companies recognized that prosthetic care is medical care. herb
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: ginger on February 28, 2008, 11:20:38 PM
Thank God for small favors.  We are working for it here in NY, Hopfully we can follow suit soon.
However I think ours is more geared to pediatric coverage.  But maybe they will add adult care to the bill. Or maybe I will move to NJ, oh, the only place I'm moving to is where there is no snow.
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: herb on February 29, 2008, 09:17:26 AM
Hi Ginger - we have parity insurance in NH but we also have lots of snow. Where I live we have already had around 9 feet of it and are expecting another foot tonight. Buildings are collapsing from snow loads. I haven't shoveled my roofs yet because I had surgery in December on my arm, but I am going to have to today because I have over 4 feet on some of my roofs. It is 15 below zero this morning. Not a good day to be on the roof. Herb
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: ginger on February 29, 2008, 09:45:25 PM
Hope that you are feeling better.  My hubby just told me to let you know that the very small snow blowers made for sidewalks work really well removing snow from roofs.  But make sure its not a steep roof and that its a real small snow blower. 
We have been really lucky this year with snow, we would get a foot or two and then it would warm up for a few days and it would melt down to only a few inches.  Snowing out right now but only expecting about 3 inches.  What has been the best though is Lake Erie froze over and we aren't getting the lake effect snow like normal.
Good luck shoveling.  Please take care.
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: herb on March 01, 2008, 09:49:24 AM
Hi Ginger - thanks for the advice. I have taken the snowblower up on the roof in past years, but mine is large and I wouldn't try it now that I have a prosthesis. I do most of the shoveling from standing in the tractor bucket with it raised up about 10 feet. I have a shovel and a roof snow rake with 10 foot handles. I was able to pull a lot off some low areas with a tractor. I am from Cleveland and remember lake erie freezing over on some years. Every year I look forward to the large lakes freezing over so I can snowmobile and ice fish. They were late to freeze over this year and a lot of impatient people broke through the ice with trucks, cars and snowmobiles. Herb
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: guzzitx on March 01, 2008, 11:39:12 PM
It got all the way down to 28 one night this winter in Houston.
We had snow one year when I was a kid. 1 inch shut down the town.
My azaleas are in bloom as we speak.
This was taken on New Years Day last year.

78 degrees and sunny today. (
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: JClark on March 04, 2008, 10:09:55 AM
When they (the evil insurance empire) said I couldn't have surgery in October, but "probably" in January, my friends assured me it was going to be a very mild winter here in N. East PA.  Ha Ha.  I've had more snow than I like to think about!  It's not feet of snow, but it's amazing how much it takes to make me afraid to go outside.

As for shoveling my roof, um, I'd never do that.  Too high, too steep.  Too afraid of heights! 

But this morning I woke up to the sound of a bird singing.  The pigeons don't do that, so it must be a real bird.  That means a) I've been clueless for a while b) the warm weather birds are starting to return.

With luck, I'll get the OK to start walking again in another month (or two) and the trapped in the house thing won't be such an issue.

The doc says the ankle is healing up fine, it looks like the ankle fusion is working just fine.  But we haven't done anything to put weight or pressure on it yet.  It's still in a post-op erector-set frame.

One thing I noticed while reading this thread... On the old system, it would show your location under your name.  I don't know if this one isn't doing it or if people haven't entered a location.  But it makes the snow levels more of a guessing game.
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: ginger on March 04, 2008, 12:45:58 PM
Hi JClark,
I live in Western NY, near Buffalo.  So I know what you mean about snow.
I had my amputation last August, and got my prosthetic in October.
I have been locked up in the house all winter and can't wait until I can really get outside.
I have been practicing with my prosthetic inside, but as for getting outside, the only place I have been is to the doctors and to the prosthetistists office and PT.  I got the left foot accelerator put in my car in Dec.(I am a RAKA) and haven't even been able to got out more that twice to practice.  I want to drive on clear roads and be comfortable before getting into winter driving.

Good luck with your walking and hire someone to shovel off your roof.

The birds are returning here also, but it' not spring until the robins return.

Ginger  ;)
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: pyourke on March 04, 2008, 04:00:49 PM
Hi Ginger... know what you mean by snow, just on the other side of the border in southern Ontario. I'm not letting it stop me. I try to get over to the mall each day... fortunately it's only 5 minutes away and I can park under cover so it's not too slippery. Then I wheel into the mall and join the mall walkers. The mall's a great place to walk. Early in the morning before opening there's lots of room and always a bench to sit on when you're tired. A great place to practice and the food court opens early so I can have breakfast and coffee!

And JClark, I can appreciate your comments on shovelling your roof... I agree, that's a job for someone other than me... or just wait, it'll eventually melt! :) Surely spring can't be that far off... can it? I hope not!
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: Dick Stevens on March 04, 2008, 04:39:42 PM
All this talk of snow!  Here in suburban Philadelphia, we've had a little bit of snow this year, but today it's downright balmy - mid 60's F. 

Being an old New Englander, I can appreciate "real" snow, that you folks in Buffalo, Ontario, NH, and NE PA are used to.

Jake, I've seen pictures of your house.  Stay off the cotton-pickin' roof.  Yeah, I know that right now while you're healing, you'll behave yourself, right?

Now, picture this 70-year-old DBKA on crutches, it doesn't take much to slow me down.  Last week, we had a couple of inches of snow with a little ice here and there.  I chose to get off the slippery shoveled walkway, and trudge thru the snow along-side.  My sticks don't slide around in the actual snow.

Most days we try to get out of the house.  Between church work, meetings, eating out and assorted other things, most days are busy.  But once in a while, in our old age, we look out the window and decide it's a great day to hibernate.  This ol' cream-puff has no desire to break any bones.

All you folks in snowy areas take care.

Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: Mitchee on March 04, 2008, 04:54:08 PM
Snow... Ugh!!!!  I live in Wisconsin and we have had the 4th snowiest winter on record and the snowiest February ever.  It seems like all I do is shovel and run the snowblower.  lol  I can't complain too much because it gets me outside and I am able to do it. 

As for shovelling a roof, I've never done it and don't think I'd ever try it.  A friend comes over and uses his roof rake for me.  He can only get about 10 feet of the roof but it's better than nothing. 

I haven't seen any birds at the bird feeder other than the sparrows.  Hopefully, the migratory birds will be returning soon.  I'm looking forward to going outside to do something other than snow removal.  :)

I know this thread was originally about parity insurance legislation, so I apologize for derailling this thread but I couldn''t resist adding to the snow/winter posts.   ;)
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: Marilyn on March 04, 2008, 05:14:55 PM
Southwestern Ohio sounds much nicer than some of the northerly and east locations!  I'm not a big winter fan (it's only good for making me appreciate the other three seasons!).

As far as insurance parity --  way to go enlightened states!  I'm considering getting involved in Ohio to help pass parity laws for amputees... We are still behind the times.
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: pegleg jack on March 05, 2008, 09:44:02 AM
Mitchee, and others up north, the birds are on their way, the robins just showed up here in TEXAS this week, and thats a good sign that spring is on its way.

As for the parity bill down here in TEXAS, i havent checked on it lately have been busy working on some stuff that i needed though the VA, and got notification yesterday that i have been given 20% disability for hearing lose and tinnitus.
So now i can get on to work with the group down here to get in passed in this state.

Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: Marilyn on March 07, 2008, 02:10:17 PM
Dang, PL!  We are getting whooped with our biggest snow fall of the year as I type!

I live 40 miles east of Cincinnati, and our prediction is for 11-15 inches of snow in the next 24 hours.  Yikes!
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: Mitchee on March 07, 2008, 03:13:08 PM
Hi Marilyn.  Yikes, 11-15 inches of snow.  Be careful if you have to go outside for any reason.   

Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: Mitchee on March 07, 2008, 03:46:01 PM
I thought I'd share our snowiest winter in 118 years.   :)

It's hard to tell from the pictures but the snowbanks are almost 5 feet tall. 

I know that a lot of locations in the country normally get this much snow but this is way above our average snowfall. 

So far, I've managed to stay upright and haven't fallen.   ;)

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Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: Marilyn on March 07, 2008, 03:51:02 PM
The pictures do it justice!!  I can imagine that from sitting in a car, the snowbanks are waaaay over the top of your car!

I don't have to go anywhere.  My daughter is holed up in her apartment.  My husband did go to work, but he has a front wheel drive and brand new tires, so he should be ok (it's the other people on the road I worry about!).

I have coffee, nicotine gum and my healthy food.  I'm gonna stay here!
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: Dick Stevens on March 07, 2008, 04:42:19 PM
Thanks for the pictures.  You folks in OH and WI can keep all that snow.  Here in Philly area, we're just getting a doozy of a rain storm, hopefully no snow this time.  This year, we've had it easy snow-wise.

Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: pyourke on March 07, 2008, 06:56:01 PM
I'm sitting here at the 'puter, looking out the window at the snow storm that you guys are sending up north to us in Canada. We're expecting up to a foot! It's spring break for the kids here and a lot of people are leaving today and this weekend to go south... glad my kids are grown and we're not trying to drive down to Florida as we've done many years when they were little! I think that I'll be spending the weekend inside watching TV and playing on the 'puter!
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: Marilyn on March 07, 2008, 06:57:41 PM
Good Grief!  It's March and they are predicting blizzard like conditions with the second wave of snow later tonite.  Here in good ole Cincinnati.

I hear Arkansas has it worse.  They are not at all prepared for this.

My husband is at work and is scheduled to come home right at the worst of it.  I texted him and told him to get on home!!  Zero visibility, blowing, snowing and drifting snow -- this ain't good!!
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: herb on March 07, 2008, 09:10:47 PM
Hi Mitchee Your yard looks just like mine. My snow banks are 8-10' tall. I spent the day repairing fence. We have deer and moose and bears that run through my fence. The snow is so deep in my pasture that the horses only stay on certain paths, but the snow will be melting soon so I had to fix the fence first. It was in the 40s today and the snow is getting soft so I was sinking in to my waist and had to crawl over the snow where I couldn't snow mobile right to the repair. I worked up a real sweat just trying to get through the snow. We have had so much snow this winter that I have not been able to work for a few months. The last 2 years, we had so little snow that I was able to work all winter at my usual work as an arborist. Herb
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: pegleg jack on March 08, 2008, 09:33:01 AM
With this post i am going to relveal about how old i am, but with all your talk about snow, the worst one i can remember is the winter of 1949 was only 6 then and can remember walking up a drift on the north side of the house and then sliding down to the ground on the south side drift, we must of had at least a mile of snow tunnels in the back yard and can also remembering mom going through one to the cloths line to hang up wet one that froze and we had freeze dried ones that winter, and me and my sister walked to school in waist deep snow and the school only closed  for three day when they lost the heat in the school. back then we didn't get rides to school like the kids do today, the only ones that got a ride was ones out side of town that had to ride the school bus, and they didn't pickup us that lived inside the city limits.the person that raised me worked for the county at that time and was blowing open roads that winter and some times it took him and hour just to get a quarter of a mile done in some places cause the drifts were 10 to 12 ft high on the roads. this i do know cause i went with him a couple of times.

As far as people come south to get out of the bad weather anit going to have much luck down here in TEXAS, cause it is below 30 outside right now and it snowed yesterday almost all day, i know that it is colder up where y'all are but the place that i was talking about in 1949 was SUNDANCE, WYOMING, that is where i live until i went into the service.

And due to the snow and cold that is why i am retired here in TEXAS.
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: Marilyn on March 08, 2008, 01:32:34 PM
Pegleg, you're not old!  I was born in 1955 (of course lots of folks here will think I'M old!).

Wow, here on the east side of Cincinnati (Brown County), we have 15" of snow with 3-4 more predicted.  We are under a blizzard watch.  Cincinnati proper got about 10".  This is our biggest snowfall in quite a few years.

All my family is accounted for and staying in their homes.  I think I'll make a pot of chili (modified to suit my diet!) and watch the birds outside at the feeder.  My cat, Rasta, won't leave the window.  He can see the birds against the snow very well.
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: pyourke on March 08, 2008, 04:00:48 PM
Well Pegleg, you and I were born the same year. Up here in Ontario, when I was young, I don't remember school ever being closed for a snow day and we definitely had some big dumps. We just trudged through! :) While the snow fall here isn't as high as when I lived in the Canadian prairies, both Manitoba and Saskatchewan, we are getting our share this year. So far we've had 179 cm (70 inches) and going for a record year if we get another 30 cm (12 inches). We only got about  5 cm (2 inches) last night in our area, plus another 5 cm this morning and are expecting another 10 - 15 cms (4 - 6 inches) tonight. On top of what we had, it's getting to be enough! :) Here's a shot of our back yard I took a few minutes ago.
Title: Re: Parity insurance legislation
Post by: Dick Stevens on March 09, 2008, 01:37:42 AM
Old?  Aw, all you young folks.  Since I just turned 70, I gotta be one of the oldest gimpy geezers in this here club.

1949?  I don't remember the exact year, but that sounds about right for some of the snowiest winters in the Boston area.

Your photos of the snowbanks bring back memories of snowier winters.