[Parentsgroup-list] Nanny available for now and next year

Douglas Knecht knechtdo at gse.harvard.edu
Sun Jul 23 20:47:11 EDT 2006


Harvard Parents:
Vicky is a nanny looking for a family.  We have employed Vicky this summer as a babysitter for our 
17 month old boy.  She has been wonderful, and she has incredibly positive and glowing references. 
 She is looking for a full-time gig starting ASAP and into the indefinite future.  She lives in 
Alston but has a car.  She also has her own 7-8 month baby girl, whom she sometimes brought with 
her to babysit, which was good for us because we liked our son to interact with other children as 
much as possible. She requested $12/hr but I'm sure would be negotiable if she is bringing her own 
child, too. My wife and I have nothing but the highest recommendation to make for Vicky (who is 
Peruvian but speaks totally adequate English -- she taught it in Peru). Vicky also has training in 
CPR, etc.
You can call Vicky at this number, (617) 763-6059, or write me back if you have questions.
Doug
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Douglas R. Knecht
Doctoral Student
Harvard Graduate School of Education
617.642.0980



On Sun, 23 Jul 2006 18:54:55 -0400
  Ahmed El Shamsy <shamsy at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
> Dear all,
> 
> on the subject of collective wisdom on a website: HSSPA (Harvard Students'
> Spouses and Partners Association) has put together a list of child-oriented
> tips, "Stuff for Kids around Harvard," which is available on their website at
> www.hsspa.harvard.edu (under "Announcement"). It mainly lists play groups,
> parks, and such, but there is a small section on health- and insurance-related
> issues and the editor (who happens to be my wife) would love to receive more
> recommendations and information to include in the next edition.
> 
> Ahmed
> 
> 
> Quoting Anna Shusterman <anna.shusterman at gmail.com>:
> 
>> This certainly would have helped my family when we were shelling out for
>> HUHS health insurance. My husband had no insurance a the time so HUHS was
>> our only option.
>>
>> As a group, we should pressure HUHS member services to advertise mass health
>> programs when grad students sign their dependents up for coverage. Perhaps
>> we can make a hot-sheet that the member services folks can hand out with the
>> other forms.
>>
>> Is there any movement to get our collective wisdom onto a website?
>>
>> Anna
>>
>>
>> On 7/23/06, jhickman at fas.harvard.edu <jhickman at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
>> >
>> > Kevin,
>> >
>> > That is exactly what I'm saying.  If you qualify for Mass Health, you
>> > likely
>> > also qualify for Mass Health Premium Assistance which means that your son
>> > can
>> > stay enrolled in the HUHS Blue Cross-Blue Sheild (BCBS) plan and you will
>> > receive reinbursement through Mass Health to help pay your BCBS
>> > premiums.  We
>> > have been receiving monthly assistance through the plan since my son was
>> > born 3
>> > years ago and have been on the HUHS BCBS plan the entire time.  Enrolling
>> > in the
>> > Premium Assistance Program is really the way to go if you are happy with
>> > your
>> > HUHS BCBS coverages and services.  Plus, if you do go out of state for
>> > travel
>> > or short term research, your child will still be covered by BCBS network
>> > providers (as we have done several times).  Essentially NOTHING will
>> > change
>> > with your current coverages or services but you will get help paying your
>> > premiums.  It's been the ideal solution for our family.
>> >
>> > Aimee
>> >
>> > Quoting kmokeefe at fas.harvard.edu:
>> >
>> > > Aimee,
>> > >
>> > > I am a GSAS student.  My 19-month-old son is also enrolled the HUHS/Blue
>> > > Cross-Blue Shield plan.  Are you saying that, if we qualify, Mass Health
>> > > Premium Assistance will reimburse up to $160/month of my son's premium
>> > > without
>> > > any changes to his coverage/benefits?
>> > >
>> > > Kevin O'Keefe
>> > > kmokeefe at fas.harvard.edu
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > Quoting jhickman at fas.harvard.edu:
>> > >
>> > > > My children have been on Mass Health Premium Assistance for the last 3
>> > > years
>> > > > and
>> > > > it is a FANTASTIC program.  Essentially, if you qualify for any kind
>> > of
>> > > Mass
>> > > > Health, you can apply for this program and Mass Health will pay part
>> > or all
>> > > > of
>> > > > your insurance premiums for other insurance plans--in fact, I think
>> > Mass
>> > > > Health
>> > > > prefers to do it this way as their only cost is only insurance
>> > premiums
>> > > > instead
>> > > > of hospital bills.  My husband is a GSAS student and both of our
>> > children
>> > > are
>> > > > on HUHS Blue Cross Blue Shield which is great because Blue Cross Blue
>> > > Shield
>> > > > IS
>> > > > covered out of state (with co-pays) and you can also stay with the
>> > HUHS
>> > > > services
>> > > > and not have to switch doctors (we also see Elizabeth Miller and LOVE
>> > > her!).
>> > > > In
>> > > > addition to all of the documents you needed to submit to apply for
>> > Mass
>> > > > Health,
>> > > > you just need to fill out another document that proves that you are on
>> > a
>> > > > health
>> > > > insurance plan and then they will send you checks monthly (up to
>> > > $160/child)
>> > > > to
>> > > > cover your premiums.  I have found Rose Candelora at the Premium
>> > Assistance
>> > > > office to be especially helpful.  Her e-mail is RCANDELORA at pcgus.com.
>> > > >
>> > > > Good Luck!
>> > > > Aimee Hickman
>> > > >
>> > > >
>> > > > Quoting geren at fas.harvard.edu:
>> > > >
>> > > > > My son has only been using MassHealth since earlier this summer (the
>> > > state
>> > > > > switched us over from CMSP when elgibility criteria changed). So far
>> > my
>> > > big
>> > > > > concern is that if you travel out of state your child is essentially
>> > > > > uninsured.
>> > > > > However, everything we have needed so far has been free, no copays
>> > for
>> > > > office
>> > > > > visits, durable medical equipment or prescriptions (the services we
>> > have
>> > > > need
>> > > > > so far). We kept our regular doctor and we are covered at Children's
>> > > > > Hospital.
>> > > > > I would like to hear what others who have been on MassHealth for
>> > longer
>> > > > have
>> > > > > to
>> > > > > say about it. Also, does anyone know where to find the information
>> > on
>> > > what
>> > > > > services are covered and who is eligible? The information online is
>> > out
>> > > of
>> > > > > date
>> > > > > and when I requested an information packet they sent the same out of
>> > date
>> > > > > information.
>> > > > >
>> > > > > What is the difference between student and postdoc/staff insurance
>> > other
>> > > > than
>> > > > > students not having copays at HUHS? I have been quite happy with my
>> > > > > insurance.
>> > > > > Unfortunately I have taken advantage of many of the services, but I
>> > only
>> > > > > rarely
>> > > > > have to pay copays (for things like surgery, ambulance service,
>> > etc.) and
>> > > > > while
>> > > > > specialist visits outside of HUHS are limited we seem to have access
>> > to a
>> > > > > large
>> > > > > number of specialists at HUHS. What problems have you experienced
>> > with
>> > > the
>> > > > > insurance?
>> > > > >
>> > > > > Best,
>> > > > > Joy Geren
>> > > > >
>> > > > >
>> > > > > Quoting Chi-Kuo Hu <ckhu at fas.harvard.edu>:
>> > > > >
>> > > > > > Hello, is here anyone who has experience on MassHealth?  I am an
>> > > > > > international
>> > > > > > student in GSAS.  My three-month-old son just got granted the
>> > > MassHealth
>> > > > > and
>> > > > > > now I need to pick up one primary care plan for him.  Anyone who
>> > ever
>> > > in
>> > > > > the
>> > > > > > MassHealth plan can give me any suggestion?  Right now my son is
>> > in
>> > > > > HUHS/BCBS
>> > > > > > and we love our doctor (Elizabeth Miller) very much.  Does any
>> > > MassHealth
>> > > > > > primary care provider plan covers doctors from childrens hospital
>> > like
>> > > > > > Dr.Miller?
>> > > > > >
>> > > > > > Besides, what is the major difference between HUHS/BCBS and
>> > > > MassHealth/PCP
>> > > > > ?
>> > > > > > Is
>> > > > > > the former significantly better than the latter?  My personal
>> > feeling
>> > > is
>> > > > > > Harvard
>> > > > > > insurance for student is not good enough and much worse than the
>> > > > insurance
>> > > > > > for
>> > > > > > staff/postdoc.  We pay more but have less benefit in returen.  Is
>> > the
>> > > > > > MassHealth even worse than HUHS/BCBS?  Since MassHealth is free, I
>> > am
>> > > > very
>> > > > > > happy it could save some money from my not-that-deep pocket, but
>> > also
>> > > > worry
>> > > > > > about the quality at the same time.
>> > > > > >
>> > > > > > Any feedback will be appreciated.  Thank you!
>> > > > > >
>> > > > > > Chi-Kuo
>> > > > > >
>> > > > > >
>> > > > > >
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