With the dawning of each day, all individuals face changes that will be a challenge to situations in every facet of their lives. As we see financial security oozing down the drain, prices are escalating on groceries, utilities, transportation, medical and pharmaceutical products. A new day is dawning after years of plenty and honesty.


With the dawning of each day, all individuals face changes that will be a challenge to situations in every facet of their lives. As we see financial security oozing down the drain, prices are escalating on groceries, utilities, transportation, medical and pharmaceutical products. A new day is dawning after years of plenty and honesty.

The news if full of Medicare providers that have bilked from $60 to $90 billion from Medicare that senior citizens are accused of abusing and of depleting the funds. Many of those thieves are being reinstated because none of the government employees cared enough to attend their appeals hearings. They’re right back to rob us again.

We need changes! Changes of where we once again have honest and caring providers, government employees and systems to stop the criminals living “high on the hog” from taking away services needed by hard working, honest taxpaying citizens.  Realizing our health care services are being reduced due to loss of money, but not because of us senior citizens, causes great concern.

Therefore we need some changes!

This brings attention of a situation that is very frustrating and a shock. My doctor recommended I get the Herpes Zoster injection, more commonly known as the Shingles shot. This is recommended for people over 50 or those with weakened immune systems due to health problems or medicine/treatment plans. Also, studies show there’s a 20 percent chance of people getting the very painful Shingles if they have had chicken pox.

Here’s the shocker! I found out the injection cost $196! Another shocker! Medicare would only pay $20! Even another shock! My secondary Blue Cross/Blue Shield Med D would not pay anything. It was not covered!

Folks, we need some changes! It certainly seems more feasible for people to receive an affordable and covered injection, needed once in a lifetime, which would prevent severe pain, severe complications, and less expensive of doctor visits, and prescriptions for pain and Shingles’ blisters.

We desperately need some changes! Meds keep getting more expensive and unaffordable; health care services and choice of providers, except for criminal providers, are being reduced; and payment of insurance companies for lab and tests, are being reduced.   The list is unending.

My prayer: “Dear God, we desperately need Your help!  We need some big Changes!

Correna Wilson Pickens
Shawnee