For nearly the past 20 years I’ve worked as a Claims Analysts (which is a fancy term for a medical claims processor). The health insurance industry has gone through many changes and mergers, and my job has followed along with those changes.
For the past 4 years I’ve been working for a small local non-profit HMO that administers our state’s Medicaid health insurance in the county. I have enjoyed working there for most of those years; the people are friendly, hard working, knowledgeable, and there is a sense of community as part of the company’s corporate culture.
Because our state mandates “Freedom of Choice” for OB/Gyn services, my desks has seen many claims for abortions. One of our contracted providers is Planned Parenthood. Since my reconversion back to the Faith over 3 years ago, I get more and more uneasy whenever I have to pay on those claims. I can’t not-pay them for it is part of my job, and I realize that I really can’t approach upper management and request that we no longer honor contracts with them because whether or not we have a contract with them or not, the state requires the company to pay the claims if we want to continue being one of their administrators. I always pray for the woman and baby whenever I get these claims.
Despite my unease with the abortion claims, I haven’t really thought about leaving because the pay is good, and the company is only a short distance away from my home, which helps me save on gas, especially in these economic times. Today, though, it hit me that maybe I should start looking for another job…and here’s why…
The head of operations for our company is very keen on communicating with the employees about many concerns, which is nice. Lately, though, this person has started promoting the book and movie “The Secret.” This person is a firm believer in this book, and her communications are starting to resonate with quotes and philosophies from it, especially the communicae that we got today. I was highly offended that someone of this person’s stature in the company would blatantly promote a book that echoes New Age-type beliefs. If only this person knew what an offense it was to Christianity!
There are other issues that are making me consider leaving this company, but mainly, after being there for 4 years, I’m seeing more and more of the type of person our head of operations is - and it’s not very becoming.
Am I over-reacting? Do I stay at a job where I know I’ll be subjected to this obvious promotion of a book/DVD that can possibly be detrimental to the eternal life of a soul? Or should I continue to stay and try to ignore this?
I don’t want to be a claims processor forever…I’m currently in my last year of college for my bachelor’s degree and my goal is to someday serve in one capacity or another in the Church. I just hate knowing what my co-workers and I are being subjected to, and I’m not sure if I should continue being tolerant to all of it.
Thanks for any insight…and God Bless!