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

 

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2 Comments »

  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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