Thursday, March 18, 2010

Good News

Yes, it's true I was offered the full-time Library position. I start on March 29th. I am thrilled, and it does not involve working with the public (a bonus...LOL). Everyone seems so nice, and so that (3) hour interview process paid off.

This news could not have come at a better time, as today we got a letter in the mail saying that my monthly health insurance premium was increasing to $703.00/month (a 19% increase) on May 1st.  Last year it was $590.00/month, and no dental either. So I paid over $7,000 in premiums last year, and they paid $265.00 in health care cost for me. How can this be allowed? And some people don't think we have a health care crisis?

Thanks to all of you who sent positive thoughts my way!!!

83 comments:

  1. Wow, that's awesome! Congratulations, Diane! :)

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  2. That is awesome news! I know you tried to stay reserved while you waited for the news - but now you can revel in the excitement! You are a lucky Bibliophile :0)

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  3. Congratulations! Good luck on your new adventure (& yes, the health care situation in this country is appalling).

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  4. I am so happy for you (and don't even know you) but love your picture of you're note saying you got the job AND you get to work at the library!!!! Now, what bookaholic in her right mind wouldn't think that's the best job in the world? Bravo!

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  5. As you said, things happen for a reason. YAY on the job!

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  6. Congratulations, Diane! I love the sound of your new job!

    I wasn't aware that health insurance costs so much over there! I'm now feeling very blessed over here.

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  7. That is wonderful news!! And the library is very lucky to have you.

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  8. Diane, I am so happy for you!!! Libraries, which are already some of my favorite places, now just got better.

    As an aside- $700 a month for healthcare! I cannot even conceive of such a thing.

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  9. Great news-I am very happy for you

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  10. Congratulations! That's great news! And as for the health insurance, mine is even more! It's just obscene! But you know if we cancelled, suddenly we would have some horrible thing happen and need coverage. They've got us either way!!!

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  11. Whoo-hoo, congrats! That's great news!

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  12. Congrats! It sounds like an awesome job!

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  13. Congratulations Diane! That sounds like a great job!

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  14. Congratulations, Diane! I would love to work at a library. :)

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  15. Congrats! This is fantastic news!! :)

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  16. Congrats on the new job. I am with you on the health care issue. I agree with you about the health care situation. -Something has to be done.

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  17. Congratulations! What great news! The health insurance situation is one, and only one, of the big reasons I am where I am and not in the States. Your premiums floor me.

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  18. Congratulations! Enjoy your new job!

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  19. Congrats, congrats, congrats! I was keeping my fingers crossed for you and am super thrilled about this!

    As for the health care thing... hah! I haven't been insured in two years - since I graduated from college - just too expensive. It ends up being cheaper to just pay to visit a doctor when you need one.

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  20. It's celebration TIME Diane!! Great news! Congrats and enjoy your time there!

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  21. Congrats very happy for you. I also have given you a blog award so congrats again.

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  22. That's such a wonderful thing! Congrats :)

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  23. Congrats on your new position. Very exciting.

    I wanted to let you know that I gave you a blog award. come by and check it out.

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  24. CONGRATULATIONS!!! That's great news.

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  25. What great news! Congratulations!

    I hear you on the healthcare stuff. My company raised the amount I pay for a family plan from $32 per month to $332 per month! That was a hard increase to swallow, though I understand that what I pay is a lot less than what other people pay. And on top of that, they hit us with a plan with a $4,000 deductible and it only covers our once a year check ups...and then everything after I hit that $4,000 mark. Thankfully, we don't have any chronic conditions, but it might not always be that way.

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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  26. Congrats on getting the job, Diane! I hope you'll let us know how things go once you get started!

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  27. Congratulations!! Sounds like a fantastic position!

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  28. That is wonderful! I am so excited for you that you will be working with books all day. Warning, warning: the books will taunt you and want you to take them home with you. Your TBR pile will grow by leaps and bounds :-)

    Health care. Don't even get me started! Friends who ignore large lumps because they don't have health care just makes me SO angry!

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  29. This is wonderful! Congratulations, and best wishes as you start this next chapter of your life!

    You had mentioned you were thinking about going back to school - does this mean you aren't going to do that?

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  30. Oh Congratulations - how exciting! I'd love to hear all about it after you have a chance to get settled.

    You are right about health care! We learned that it would cost 1/3 of my husband's weekly paycheck to insure me and we had to choose between the mortgage and insurance. Guess who is not insured?

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    Thanks so much for your kind congratulatory words. Your friendship means a lot to me.

    Elizabeth.....I was never planning on going back to school, perhaps it was someone else. I think I did mention that I should have went for my MLS when I was younger?

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  32. Congratulations! I am so happy for you. It sounds like the perfect job.

    As for the cost of health insurance - it's totally unreal. How can anyone say that the system we have is working?

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  33. Congratulations! I'm self-insured too (oh, grad school!), so I understand the crunch. I hope you love the job!

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  34. Congratulations! I hope that you enjoy your new job!

    I can't believe how much you pay in healthcare - I'm glad I live in the UK!

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  35. Congratulations! I don't think there can be a job better than one that surrounds you with books.

    Good luck with the insurance issues.

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  36. What GREAT news. Congratulations and way to go!

    We do not have a health care crisis....we have an insurance crisis. There is plenty of health care, medication, etc. if one can afford the insurance. The two issues should not be confused.

    And if anyone thinks this bill is going to help everyone, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I would like to sell you. Small businesses are going to be soooo hurting and many individuals still will not be covered.

    My son campaigned and voted for Obama and he is disgusted - he does not make enough money to afford to buy health care insurance ----so he will be paying that $750 fine and still getting no health care. Yep, great work, Congress.

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  37. Congrats! Sounds like a great position.

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  38. Congratulations! Library jobs are the best!

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  39. Congratulations!! I hope you love the job! :)

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  40. Congratulations and best wishes!

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  41. Joanne...

    you are correct, it is a HEALTH INSURANCE CRISIS, and I realize this will not be the answer as the plan is being modeled after MA and they have some of the highest premiums in the nation.

    Molly...and everyone else dealing with this insurance issue here in the US, I totally understand, and have been frustrated by it for years as a private pay subscriber with limited options.

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  42. Congratulations, Diane!! All the best :-)

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  43. Awesome news Diane! Congratulations!

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  44. Congratulations on your new job! And YES we darn well do have a health care crisis!

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  45. Congratulations Diane on your new job, you deserve it.

    Your health service is the main reason I won't consider my husband's pleas to move to America. Over here, I get free health care and it makes such a difference. That is a hell of a lot of money you have to pay out each month.

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  46. Congratulations on the new job! I hope you love it and it a beautiful fit! :)

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  47. That is good news! I've always thought working in a library would be great! If you aren't working with the public, what will you be doing?

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  48. Congratulations! That's great.

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  49. Congrats! It is well deserved!

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  50. Congratulations! A library - perfect place to work for a bibliophile!

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  51. Diane-congratulations on getting the job!! Enjoy!!!!

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  52. Yay, Congratulations!!

    Lots of books and not people...sounds like the perfect job to me.

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  53. Congrats on the new job! This is great news for you. Best wishes for your first day!

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  54. Congratulations!! I hope that you get health insurance with your new job! Premiums just keep going up.

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  55. I am so happy for you Diane! Congratulations!!

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  56. Congratulations, Diane! And I hear what you mean about not working with the public. You must be in acquisitions or cataloguing or something. Take care and enjoy yourself. I miss working at the library but I'm still going by and volunteering for them, so it's all good.

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  57. Woo hoo!!!! Let me jump up and down a moment for you!! :))) Congrats!! YAY!!!

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  58. That is SO awesome! Congratulations!!

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  59. I may be late to the party, even unfashionably late, but not too late to say congratulations on getting the job.

    And now you can afford the luxury of health insurance. **Charlie snorts**

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  60. Congrats on the job, Diane - it sounds perfect for you!

    Regarding healthcare -- if you had something catastrophic you'll be glad you have it - both the dh and I have been sick enough to go to the ER in ambulances in the last two years! But don't hit me when I tell you we pay $52 a month for medical, dental, vision, and prescriptions. . .

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  61. Congrats! That is so exciting! I'm glad they are hiring librians by you and not cutting them from the schools like they are here in IL. I hope you will love your new job!

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  62. Congratulations, Diane. You must be wearing green this week after winning Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show (and having it delivered on St. Patrick's Day) and then getting the job. That's the best win of all! Take care and wishing you the best.

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  63. Yay!! You will be a huge plus to this library...they couldn't have picked a better person!!!

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  64. Rob....yes I have been lucky, --off to buy that lottery ticket :) Thanks again for the giveaway.

    Kim...I will be doing acquisitions and cataloguing so that is way it doesn't involve working with the public.

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  65. Yay! so glad to hear that you got the job! Awesome news! I hope that you enjoy your new position and that you learn the ropes quickly!

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  66. Did you know...you've been caught! On my blog. It's time to confess.

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  67. Yay! I'm so happy for you!!! Sounds like it couldn't come at a better time. And your healthcare costs scare me!!

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  68. Congratulations! What a fun place to work!

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  69. CONGRATULATIONS!!! :-) That's awesome!

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  70. Congratulation! My first job in high school was shelving the books in my local library and I loved it! I'm sure you'll love your job too!

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  71. I've been out of town and just read your post. Congratulations!!! I'm so jealous...I'd love to work in a library full-time! That's such great news for you...!

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  72. Congratulations, Diane!! Being a librarian is my dream job (obviously for most of us) so I am doubly excited for you! :D

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  73. Just got home yesterday from a long, long week-end away - and getting caught up with your blog...

    Oh, I am most happy for you! Congratulations on the new job!

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  74. A little late, but CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS!!!!! I hope it is all that you had hoped it would be. :)

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