GI Jane Finances

February 6, 2011

Suddenly retired

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — gijanefinances @ 9:52 am

My dad quit his job a couple of days ago!  He was planning to quit a month from now, but couldn’t take his manager anymore.  He said that the manager blamed him for not having enough oil in the truck after it hit a pole.  I got a call at 2:00 a.m., so at the time I was like “wow, just like that?”   He turns 66 years old this month and already filed for social security.  My mother was not too happy about it.

Mom: He just walked off the job and left us without insurance.

Me:  Well, he has been there for 39 years!  Can’t you get insurance at your job?  You work at a hospital.

Mom: They only have open enrollment two times a year.  The next opportunity will be in October.

Me:  He was planning on quitting next month anyway.  No point in delaying the inevitable.

My dad said that they have medicare part A and B.  I am glad he left there.  His company used to be a very family oriented and caring place.  I remember the awesome company picnics they used to have.  But once the owners no longer manage the place and left it to their sons who moved to Texas, it became a freaking mill.  They do not even do a nice send off or anything.  My dad said this one guy that retired a week ago worked there for 60 years and they just bought him a cake and served coffee in the office.

My dad is always in chronic pain, so I am happy but concerned how this is going to play out.   They are also going on a cruise at the end of the month.  I think following that he will move to Florida.  The house in Florida is paid off and fully furnished.  I do not know if they will put up their primary house for sale this year or not.  Big changes in store…can’t wait to see how this will end up.

GI Jane




  1. I work in a hospital and there are only certain times for open enrollment, however there are exceptions. They range from a marriage or divorce to births or adoptions along with an exception for spouses that lose their coverage. It would be worth at least a call to the HR department and she could cover them both if necessary.

    Comment by Brad — February 7, 2011 @ 1:22 am

  2. Thanks for the advice! She is going to check about any exceptions. My dad needs knee surgery and has type 2 diabetes. I was hoping that Medicare A & B would be good coverage, though.

    Comment by gijanefinances — February 7, 2011 @ 9:35 am

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