TOWN HALL MEETING
Are you ready for a virtual town hall meeting today for Day 10 on the Ultimate Blog Challenge? Many people love hearing from their mentors and others love being a mentor. I enjoy helping people any way I can whether it be helping them with answers to questions they may have, helping them find a great deal, saving money on quick meals and especially assisting them with sewing questions or problems. Back in the early ’90’s I mentored a high school student for two years, training her to become skilled at fabricating window treatments. The school didn’t offer a program for this and she was so talented and interested in learning more so she would go to school in the mornings for her regular classes and come to my drapery workroom in the afternoons, three days a week. We both enjoyed being with each other and I loved her enthusiasm when we started a new project. She is now a mom to two teenagers and still enjoys creating and sewing.
When I was 60 years old, I was discussing my husband’s monthly infusion with our insurance company after they said it wasn’t covered until Medicare B but covered under Medicare Plan D. I had already researched and found it was actually under Medicare B since it is administered at the hospital or doctor’s office. There was a major difference in the amount covered under each plan. My agent called his supervisor and he too wasn’t sure. Again I read the paragraph that described the infusion and if I wasn’t so adamant about this, they would have continued to cover it under Plan D. As I gave the phone back to my agent, I heard the supervisor tell him that if I know so much I should be an agent. I could tell he was being a bit rude but that got me thinking. I’m 60 years old, I love helping others, and maybe I could become an agent. So I checked with our local community college, set up the online course for what I thought would be Health Insurance course but quickly found out it also covered Life, Annuities, Disability, Long Term Care, Workman’s Comp plus a few others. I wasn’t interested in them but wanted to take the course, first to learn more about the health insurance options and second to see if I could still learn and retain what I’m learning at 60 years old! Fast forward to the end of my course, I had to go to the state insurance regulation office for the test. I was taking the test with about 10 – 12 other students, average age 21 years old! So there I was, the old lady of the group, heart pounding as I went into my computer cubby and started the test. When I completed, a message came across the screen asking me if I’m sure I was finished. That get me thinking, maybe they knew I had something wrong so I went through my answers again only to remember what I learned in high school, if you aren’t sure of an answer, don’t change it. So I left everything as is, click finished and the message came up again, asking me if I’m REALLY SURE! I quickly clicked YES and nervously waited for my score. Soon I was called to the front desk, heart pumping even harder, sweet pouring down my brow and feet not wanting to work right. LOL As I stood at the desk, the one that administered the test had a paper in his hand. He shook my hand and I started crying thinking he was going to say I failed (I cry over happy or sad things, my grandmother said our tear ducts are too close to our heart-strings). But I figured in my mind, I was still proud that I completed the course and could still retain things at the age of 60 years old. After he shook my hand, he congratulated me as he HANDED ME MY DIPLOMA with a score of 98! So fast forward again, I started out as an agent but quickly learned that wasn’t for me. See I wanted to help people, especially those getting near or in their Medicare years and if I was an agent, I couldn’t give advice about other companies, just the one I was licensed with. So while I’m not an agent, I still keep up to date with as much as I can to be able to mentor others on how to get the most from their policy.
Okay, now we’re getting to the TOWN HALL MEETING! I would like to give you all a chance to ask me a question about something I may be able to answer, my specialties are FOOD, (of course you knew that would be tops on my list because I love to come up with quick, inexpensive meals), sewing and decorating, grandchildren (another specialty because I love bragging about them) and even helpful ways to use essential oils plus gardening.
I’d love to have you post your question in the comment section at the end of this blog and I will reply with a comment and may even use your question as a featured blog! So put your thinking cap on and ask away!
Hope you enjoyed the TOWN HALL MEETING, as of 8:00 PM, the meeting is adjourned, thanks for attending!
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