May 29th, 2007

Stupid Insurance...

This is more directed at the ladies of UW....

Today I found out that UW Health (or whatever official name is in charge) lost some kind of financial backing and now my birth control is $38/mo. vs $16/mo. I can submit an insurance claim now, but my wonderful grad student insurance has a co-pay of $25/mo.! Argh. *AND* I can no longer get 3-4 months worth - I have to come in every single month, like I didn't already have a problem getting to the pharmacy on time when I just had to go there every 3-4 months. If I didn't have any damn insurance I'd be able to go to Planned Parenthood and get my annual check-up for free along with *cheap* birth control. As it is now, the check-up already takes a financial toll since both my husband and I are grad students. Now more for the bc? Are there other options out there? If it wasn't for the good dental with my insurance I'd try to reject it altogether.

Usability study of the MyUW portal

The UW Office of Information Management is seeking participants for a usability study to identify improvements needed in the MyUW portal.

The study is being held in the usability lab at Mary Gates Hall, which is located near the center of the Seattle campus. Each participant will be scheduled for his/her own individual session, which will last about 45 minutes.

To qualify, you must be a user of the MyUW portal. Each student participant will receive a gift card as a token of our appreciation. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to participate. Your feedback would enable us to make the MyUW portal easier and more enjoyable to use.

Sessions are available for May 30, June 1, and June 4-5. To arrange a MyUW usability session, phone Mitch at 206-221-5082 (UW extension x1-5082) or email

Thank you!
  • xanin

Moving out?

Are you moving out of the dorms and looking to free yourself from the burden of mini-fridge ownership? My officemate and I suffered the catastrophic loss of our mini-fridge the other month and are looking for a replacement. If you've got a suitable mini-fridge for adoption (not one of those tiny shoebox jobs, runs well without excessive noise and maintains a steady cold temperature) let me know.
We will provide a quiet (mostly) environment in our office and we shall tell it every day how much we appreciate the hard work it does for us in colling our foodstuffs and beverages. If you live in one of the north campus dorms (McMahon to Hansee) we can probably arrange to pick it up ourselves during the day.