First, I wish to thank Trooper J. S. Ryan, Troop G, ID 2377, who responded when my vehicle was truck from behind on April 18, 2011. He had to fish through my purse for my driver’s license and later returned the license to me at the Emergency Room. He was kind, encouraging and concerned about my welfare.
Second, I was aware of injuries before trying to get out of the car. I have also been experiencing a lot of loss in my life over the last two years – job, health insurance, my mother being in very poor health, and I knew in my gut that the other driver had just totaled my car. Thus, I had an emotional meltdown at the scene of the accident. Emergency crews wanted to transport me to the hospital to be checked out but I kept telling them I couldn’t go because my COBRA health insurance had just expired. It would have saved everyone time if they had reminded me that I had medical coverage under my auto insurance. In my rattled, emotional state, it took me several minutes to work through to that conclusion on my own. Please make this suggestion to emergency personnel statewide because a lot of us are unemployed with expired COBRA. --Linda E. Jones