About Amy Umble:
Amy Umble is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star
Several recent blog postings and stories that I did for the newspaper have produced interesting feedback from readers.
Here’s a sampling:
After seeing yesterday’s post, here, about Dr. Henry Wicker, surgeon and photographer, Kathryn Watson recalled this story about him:
“Around 1991 when we had first moved down near Port Royal, Dr. Wicker performed surgery on my husband. When the ambulance arrived at Mary Washington Hospital, Dr. W. was standing on the back platform waiting. After the surgery, around 4 a.m., he asked whether I was used to driving at night. When I responded I had never done it, he answered, “Well you are not going to do it tonight.” He provided a bed, a toothbrush and something for me to sleep in. He is one of the kindest people I have ever known and I won’t ever forget. I hope to find a copy of his book.”
One reader, who did not offer his/her name, was unhappy with the blog posting, here, about the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center’s opening and its decision not to offer details about it:
“Words like “reluctant” and “declined”? Hope this isn’t part of the Mary Washington panic attack that has been going on. Could have just reported the intent of the pre-opening schedule.”
Yesterday’s story, here, about the extension of dependent insurance coverage produced several e-mails from frustrated parents. Their employers and/or insurance plans were not pushing forward the start date of the change to June 1. Instead their children faced a coverage gap of several months when they would have to obtain other insurance.
Anna Billingsley, who works at the University of Mary Washington and once worked here at the newspaper, wrote yesterday:
“My daughter, who has a job without benefits, will have to go off my health care plan on Dec. 31 of this year. Then, we will have to find coverage — at what will be an exorbitantly high cost — for her for six months until the State of Virginia plan picks her up on July 1, 2011.
“I think FLS readers need to be aware that even though Anthem is willing, as you state in your article, to start coverage early, the State of Virginia is delaying employees’ coverage, which is through Anthem.”
Billingsley also wrote to the state’s Department of Human Resource Management about it. Her letter is reprinted here with her permission.