When I came back from vacation, I learned that as of January 1, 2010, I will lose all of my medical/dental/vision coverage.  Because, you see, the company where I've worked for the past five years has now decided to stop offering benefits for employees who work part time.

I am very unthrilled by this news.  I can't even tell you how much.  Especially since my husband works for a small business and adding me to his plan is going to be expensive.  Ridiculously so.

There were times over the past few days when I considered whether I should try to get my manager to change my half-time status to three-quarter status (and therefore increase my hours to thirty) so that I could keep my benefits.  It seemed kind of like the wrong way to go, though.  I took this job, mostly, because the benefits were great and the schedule allowed me to be a part-time employee and a part-time writer.  Now half of that incentive is gone.  If I work more, my part-time job will take over my writing time.  That's kind of... not what this part-time job was supposed to do.

I talked to my husband about it.  I talked to my agent about it.  In the end, I decided to let the benefits go.  I'll get on my husband's super-expensive plan (unless I can find a different better/cheaper option) and keep working part-time for as long as I need to.  This is not a good thing for me, but the truth is, maybe it will become a good thing.  I don't know if I ever would have been willing to give up my job while I had the insurance, even if it might have started interfering with my writing career.  Now, I'm feeling highly motivated to get more going with my writing. 

So, it's a little bit freeing, I have to say.