Twice in the past month or so I have gotten questions from readers who were wondering how the Affordable Healthcare Act (also referred to as ObamaCare) changed the playing field for full-time RVers. In truth I have long toyed with the idea of writing more on health insurance for pre-retirement full-timers. But then I would melt into a little puddle of goo when I realized how much things had changed since it kicked in last year, and the enormous ammout of information gathering that would be required to write a useful piece about it – let alone what I myself was going to do later this year when I needed to decide on a new plan.
So when Nina over at WheelingIt posted a super-informative article about it last week I about jumped for joy. For those of you who are as lost in the dark as I was about the ACA, Nina talks about what it is, how your current health insurance (for those already on the road) may change, and how to go about shopping for nomad friendly plans on the exchange. It doesn’t go into medicare or medicaid, but I highly recommend it for working age full-timers. I’ve got it on bookmark for when my current plan (also a high-deductible plan through Coventry) comes due this September.
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It’s time to send out a huge and hearty “Thank You!” to everyone who used my Amazon affiliate link for the month of February. Earnings for last month were $276.99, now that’s cause for some good birthday cheer. Also I’d like to thank everyone who contributes to my posts by leaving a comment, and for sharing word about Interstellar Orchard with your friends and online communities. And of course, everyone reading this deserves a thanks too, because without you guys I’d just be talking to myself right now, and that’s no fun.
Coming up soon: Within the next week or so I will be applying to work at Amazon again for this fall, but this time I’m trying for Fernley, Nevada. For those who have been with me for a while, you all know how long I’ve been wanting to get out West, and this looks like the year! I’m not sure yet what I’ll be doing in the summer months between when the renaissance festival ends in June and when Amazon starts in October, but I’m tentatively thinking I’ll run up to Wisconsin for a family and friend visit and then pick a national park job somewhere between Georgia and Nevada that is looking for work campers (many concessionaires in national parks keep hiring people all through summer as some workers leave early or fail to show up) because I had so much fun at the Badlands last summer.
Have a good week everyone. Today’s photo was taken on the OSBS, and shows why 4-wheel drive vehicles are mandatory for driving on many of the station’s “roads”. This picture illustrates my mental process when faced with figuring the ACA out: There aren’t clear tracks to follow, it’s all soft, and getting traction for forward momentum is difficult. Luckily the online RVing community is so helpful and willing to share, I love being a part of it.