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Working full time worries

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Posted February 12th 2022 at 07:10 PM by Wheek!

I am going full time on March 7th. That's when I go to HR to fill out the paperwork.

I am worried about working 7-8 hours a day, but I think I'll be able to do it. However, contact tracing is slowing down right now so I am not sure how I will GET 7-8 hours a day. I will be taking their insurance, so I need to make sure I get all of the hours I can so I can actually PAY for that insurance. If I get fewer hours than what I was guaranteed, all my paycheck will go to insurance and I will have to dip into my savings.

I just don't know if it is inappropriate to ask my boss what she has in mind for projects for us to make sure we get our hours. I don't know how I'd word it if I did ask, and I don't want to make her hate me because we have had a good working relationship for several years, even before I started working for her, because I was a volunteer for the department and then interned there twice. I can't burn that bridge by accidentally saying something inappropriate.

I also am worried about the insurance in general. Besides paying for insurance, I am on ten prescriptions, see a regular therapist and a group therapist regularly, a prescriber at least monthly, and other doctors and specialists kind of regularly as well. How will I pay for all of that now that I am going to be going off of state insurance?

I'm hoping my mental health doesn't deteriorate when I go full time, but I want to prove to myself that I can do it. If not, I don't know if going back down to part time is an option, so I'd have to apply to other jobs, but in order to make enough money, even THAT job would have to be full time.

I'm just scared since it's coming closer and want to hide and avoid it.
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    There's nothing wrong with asking your boss about projects and hours. If it'll impact your pay than it's something you can ask about. As for insurance, do you know what plans are? My employer had plans listed on their website so I was able to look at the different insurance and prices and pick the one that would work best because of my medical issues. If you need help understanding insurance, you can send stuff my way (or to Sarah), I had to get good at understanding it because of my medical stuff so I might be able to help you figure out the plan that'd work best.

    I'll be around discord if you need anything. Your concerns are valid. I had so many worries when I started full time. Hopefully you'll get to a place where you'll see it's okay.
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    I had the same worries when I started working full-time a year ago. It makes sense you are concerned and unsure. There are a lot of changes here.
    I'm hear for you regarding insurance questions; I work in health insurance so I can take a look at some things for you if you'd like. I'm aware how confusing and complicated insurance is and for both work and personal purposes of choosing insurance, I've had to research a whole lot and figure out a lot on my own.
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    Posted February 26th 2022 at 11:07 PM by Philomath Philomath is offline
 
 
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