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Health care: Citizens Call Congress Home “Listen to Our Solutions to the Health Care Crisis”

(PRWEB) April 21, 2005

Outraged American citizens from across the country are planning Citizen/Congressional Hearings in sixty cities nationwide. They are calling for their Representatives in Congress to attend these hearings and listen to their constituents address the failures of the profit-based health care system as well as spell out new and creative solutions.

Â?Our representatives need to hear what we have to say and to consider our solutions rather than those being promoted by insurance company lobbyists and drug companies.” They are scheduled for: New York City, May 14th, Riverside Church; Aliquippa, PA, May 21st; Wells, VT, May 30th, Village School; Rochester, June 1st, St. Mary’s Church; Birmingham, AL, June 13th, University of Alabama ; Boston, June 28th, Fanuel Hall

Says Mae Jackson, poet and community activist from Brooklyn, “BushÂ?s proposed health savings accounts will put a larger burden on our families and increase our suffering. The so-called Â?ownershipÂ? society will continue to move more of our tax dollars into the ownership of private corporate accounts while leaving us with less healthcare and very little money for the priorities of our own families.”

WhatÂ?s new about these congressional hearings?

Marilyn Clement, National Coordinator of the Â?Campaign for a National Health Program NOW,Â? points out that, Â?For the first time in history, citizens themselves are calling for congressional hearings and not the members of congress. Â?Another striking difference is the economic, ethnic and religious diversity of those calling for these Citizen/Congressional Hearings. We all have a stake in compelling congress to end the private interest gravy train thatÂ?s costing the rest of us so much.Â?

Who is involved?

Rural and minority women, doctors and nurses, Catholic sisters, Native American tribes, Asian immigrant women, labor unions, musicians, human rights advocates, American Medical Women, former nurses, people in tiny towns and people organizing huge venues like Fanuel Hall in Boston — all are involved. Not so surprisingly, a number of business people have gotten into the act. They will be testifying to Congress because they canÂ?t sustain the rising payments to the health care industrial complex seen as a barrier to their attempts to cover themselves and their employees.

Events are Beginning:

The first event took place in St. Louis on April 1st. (See report on our website:

In Mississippi a group of community organizers, health care activists and Black farmers are planning their Congressional Hearing with Representative Bennie Thompson.

The Lincoln, Nebraska effort is being orchestrated by a musician.

In Dallas plans are afoot to have a Congressional Hearing at a local television station in conjunction with the community.

New York City volunteers plan to orchestrate a congressional tour of a critical VeteranÂ?s Hospital now threatened with closing.

Organizers from smaller rural communities such as Wells, Vermont and Aliquippa, Pennsylvania want to know if their Representatives will grant them an audience.

Tyler, Texas is another surprise organizing effort in a very conservative district.

The Nashville, TN coalition is led by a homeless advocacy group, an international labor union, and groups representing the 323,000 Tennesseans recently removed from TennCare coverage.

Three separate events are being planned in New Jersey by Health Care for All.

The Detroit hearing is being organized by labor leaders and community organizations.

The Cleveland hearing will be led by a PNHP medical professor and the head of Health Ministries for the United Church of Christ.

Hearings are planned in four Colorado cities: Pueblo, Alamosa, Denver and Fort Collins.

Kentucky organizers are first holding a dozen county hearings all over the state in preparation for their state hearing.

Chicago, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas will hold hearings later in the year or early in 2006.

What is causing this uprising?

“We’ve had enough,” says Jackson. “We cannot continue to sustain these attacks, profit-taking from our pockets, cutbacks of services, personal bankruptcies, unnecessary pain and deathÂ?”

These ad hoc Citizen/Congressional Hearings were first proposed in a December mass-emailing from Â?The Campaign for a National Health Program NOW!Â? The response from across the country was enthusiastic and has quickly led to the flurry of activity outlined above.

“We expect a lot more of these hearings between now and the 2006 Congressional elections,” said Marilyn Clement in a recent interview. “The citizens will be watching to see if our Representatives respond to us or whether they will continue business as usual.”

For more information:

The Campaign for the National Health Program Now

339 LAFAYETTE, NYC 10012


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New Study: Estimated $ 240,000 in Health Care Costs for Retirement – HSA for America Discusses Options to Preparing for Health Care Cost in Retirement

Fort Collins, CO (PRWEB) May 15, 2009

As the cost of health care rises across the country, many individuals are wondering just how their anticipated health care expenses will impact their ability to retire. According to a recent study, individuals retiring at the age of 65 will need to have at least $ 240,000 saved in order to pay for their health care expenses during retirement alone, leaving many individuals to wonder whether or not retirement is truly an option. “Health savings accounts are become a necessity for retirement,’ said WIley Long, President of HSA for America.

“The results of these recent studies indicate that individuals will need to make some real choices about their retirement and spending,” said Wiley Long, President of HSA for America. “Currently, the typical retirement age is 65 years old. However, if an individual can’t afford to pay for health care, then the individual may have to either put off retirement or be unable to pay for their health care. Either way, we’re finding that our customers are growing increasingly concerned about their ability to obtain and pay for health care expenses, especially as they approach retirement.”

To save for these inevitable expenses during retirement, many people are setting up Health Savings Accounts. “An HSA allows you to put aside pre-tax dollars to cover future medical expenses,” explained Long. “The money grows tax-deferred like an IRA, but is never taxed if used to pay medical bills.”

Health savings accounts, or HSAs, can be established by anyone who has a qualifying high-deductible health plan. These plans are designed to help make healthcare affordable through a combination of the low premiums that come with a high-deductible health insurance plan, and the tax savings from putting money aside in the HSA. That money can then be used to pay future medical expenses, tax-free.

“We specialize in helping our clients find the perfect long-term arrangement for their health care needs,” said Long. “HSA plans are often the most affordable and effective health care plan solutions for many of our customers, but a full needs analysis of each individual’s situation is always necessary to ensure that our customers get the best possible plan.”

Many people are funding their HSAs with the hope that they will stay healthy, and not need to withdraw the money. “Because the money grows tax-deferred, you can think of it as an additional retirement account”, said Long. If money is later needed to pay a medical expense during retirement, that money can be withdrawn from the HSA tax-free.

More About HSA for America

HSA for America offers a wide spectrum of health insurance and Health Savings Account (HSA) programs for individuals, families, and businesses. Their online quoting platform lets website visitors compare rates on numerous plans, and apply for coverage right online.

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InsureMe Provides Car Care Tips for Summer Weather

DENVER (PRWEB) June 8, 2006

With the unofficial start of summer underway, InsureMe, the leading online insurance shopping service, is offering tips to keep cars in prime condition during the high heat and humidity of summer.

Because summer heat can be particularly hard on vehicles, InsureMe recommends the following:

Flushing and refilling the cooling system. Coolant levels and conditions should be checked throughout the summer to avoid overheating—the greatest cause of summer breakdowns.

Checking the vehicle’s radiator core. Cars that have been through a harsh winter face radiator corrosion from salts and deicers on the road. Using antifreeze, even during the summer, will help to reduce corrosion and keep the vehicle from overheating.

Changing the oil. While technicians advocate an oil change every 3,000 miles, cars that are routinely subjected to high heat, humidity and stop-and-go traffic need to be serviced more often.

Checking tire condition and pressure. Keeping the right amount of tire pressure is central to preserving fuel economy and extending the life of the tires. Drivers should also be on the lookout for visible damage to tires, which can worsen under intense heat.

For the numerous car owners who don’t perform their own vehicle maintenance, many repair and tune-up shops are offering summer car care packages which include many of the above mentioned services, with some major retailers offering the summer services for under $ 100.

In addition to providing summer car care tips, the InsureMe company also authors the InsureMe Insurance blog, which is updated daily with insurance news, tips and ways to save money. View all of the InsureMe blogs at

About InsureMe

InsureMe, an Englewood, Colorado-based company, links agents nationwide with consumers shopping for insurance. Specializing in auto, home, life, long-term care and health insurance quotes, the InsureMe network provides thousands of agents with insurance leads every year. For more information, visit


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Medicare Supplement Insurance in the Post Health Care Reform Era to be Explained in Teleseminar

Medicare Recipients

Fort Collins, Colorado (PRWEB) April 20, 2010

Citing confusion people often have about Medicare supplement insurance either for themselves or for a loved one, Fred Adams, nationally recognized health insurance expert and Medigap specialist for Medigap Advisors, a leading national health insurance information provider and insurance agency advises consumers to start becoming familiar with Medicare at least a year before enrolling, especially in the wake of changes in Medicare due to the recent passage of health care reform legislation.

To help soon-to-be or current Medicare recipients and their loved ones understand their options, Adams is kicking off a series of informative teleseminars followed by an open Q&A session. The first one will be held at 3:00 PM Eastern on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Free registration may be requested at Medigap Teleseminar.

“The critical point in a recipient’s enrollment process is the six month window of opportunity that starts at age 65 and ends at 65½”, said Adams. He went on to say that it is only during that period that Medicare recipients can enroll in a Medicare supplement plan, also known as Medigap, with no questions asked about their prior medical history.

“The first step is to decide whether to go with the original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, a subsidized private health insurance program. If the recipient selects original Medicare, they may then choose among available Medigap plans. And, of course, depending on their health history, enrolling in a Medigap plan during the six month open enrollment period could result in significant savings in insurance costs over the span of a lifetime”, he also stated.

About helping people arrive at a satisfying solution to a complex issue, Adams said, “I like to put things in a simplified and clear way so that the average person who knows little about their Medicare options can find them easy to understand. Though sometimes they do not like the reality that they face, I feel good when I help someone sort through a myriad of options, and am able to help them find the best possible choices for their personal scenario. Often times, the solution I come up with is something they would have never thought to do themselves, no matter how much they know, or how much homework they do.”

On Tuesday, April 27 at 3:00 PM Eastern, Adams kicks off a monthly teleseminar series in which he and other nationally recognized experts will explain in concise terms how Medicare works and how to select the best options, whether they be a Medicare Advantage plan or Medicare with supplemental insurance. Adams’ presentation will be followed by an open Question and Answer session in which callers are invited to ask anything they would like to know pertaining to their Medicare options. Participants can register for free at Medigap Teleseminar on a space available basis.

About Fred Adams and Medigap Advisors:

Fred Adams has been in the health insurance industry since 1988, personally meeting one-on-one with thousands of individuals and families over the years. He’s also served as Vice President of a consulting firm, specializing in training insurance professionals to run their businesses and their lives more effectively. After several years of working with highly paid financial planners and insurance agents, he chose to get back to helping the average American, those who could really benefit the most from his years of experience.

Medigap Advisors is a leading independent Medicare supplement firm specializing in Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans. Through its extensive website and personal advisors, Medigap Advisors provides complete information and guidance on MediGap and Medicare Advantage insurance plans, insurance quotes and online applications. Their web site at Medigap Advisors is dedicated to providing the type of up-to-the-minute comprehensive information that consumers need to make informed choices about Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage health insurance plans.

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Wondering What Will Happen With Your Health Insurance in the Wake of Health Care Reform?

Fort Collins, Colorado (PRWEB) May 17, 2010

With so many people wondering what effect the new healthcare bill will have on their health insurance coverage, Wiley P. Long, nationally recognized health insurance expert and President of the HSA for America group of insurance companies has announced a special telephone seminar to be held on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time. The presentation will be followed by an open question and answer session during which callers may participate in the discussion.

Mr. Long will give a concise overview of the new health care reform legislation as it affects consumers and will shed light on questions such as whether the new health care bill will force people to buy health insurance, whether employers will now be required to provide medical insurance, what’s happening to Medicare, whether insurers will be required to cover pre-existing conditions and other questions vital to consumers of health insurance. Following the presentation, he will answer questions from attendees during the open Q & A session.

In March 2010 the U.S. Congress passed two acts that address one of the biggest controversies of our time – what health care should be like in the U.S. The first piece of legislation, called The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was enacted on March 23rd and briefly after that, Congress passed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 to amend portions of the first act, and add new provisions.

Provisions of the new laws start taking effect in 2010 and the legislation will be fully phased in by 2014. The full effects of the new health care legislation on consumers and the economy are unknown at this time. However, several major insurers are already making significant changes to their pricing policies. As an example, as of May 15, 2010, Assurant Health will no longer offer rate locks of 36 or even 24 months.

Mark Rigdon, National Sales Manager at HSA for America, the nation’s leading online health insurance agency specializing in Health Savings Accounts, said Friday that he is seeing health insurance companies removing even 12 month rate guarantees from their policies and expects that going forward health insurance coverage with any type of rate guarantee beyond month-to-month will be difficult to impossible to find.

In an effort to provide highly accurate information and help consumers understand this complex topic so they can make informed decisions about their medical insurance in wake of health care reform, Wiley Long is providing free access to the teleseminar.

Reserve a Free Phone Line for the Teleseminar

Or call 866-749-2039 for more information.

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With the opening of its third Denver area clinic, AfterOurs Urgent Care expects to save the Denver community over $ 500,000 dollars a month in unnecessary emergency room (ER) costs. These clinics will allow stressed Denver area ER’s to deal with more critical illnesses; the main reason they exist.

By leasing clinic space from successful daytime physician practices for use nights, weekends, and holidays, AfterOurs reduces their capital investment by 70 to 80 percent vs. typical urgent care centers, allowing them to staff their centers much later than other urgent care centers, as well as pass along huge cost savings to their customers and insurance providers. An electronic medical records system, and a virtually paperless office environment make the sharing of space possible.

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“Many systems continue to invest in ER infrastructure, but much of the solution for ER overcrowding is tied to people choosing the appropriate place of service. Our health system partners see that creating appropriate system access points to improve the overall patient experience, while not competing with their community physicians, will produce a competitive advantage”, said Christopher Rehm, AfterOurs’ Executive Director.

Though AfterOurs is largely affiliated with HealthONE, Denver’s largest health system, they do not plan on stopping in Denver. The upstart company has completed a joint venture with Omaha’s largest health system, Alegent Health of Omaha, with 3 to 5 clinics planned. The first Alegant Health AfterOurs Urgent Care clinic will open in Spring of this year. St. David’s Healthcare of Austin has also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for development options that could support a number of clinics in the Austin area. AfterOurs expects to be in up to twenty markets with up to 100 clinics before all is said and done.

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AfterOurs Urgent Care is dedicated to providing high quality, low cost, and efficient healthcare services when physician offices are closed. Formed in 2005, AfterOurs operates clinics in Denver, Highlands Ranch, and Thornton. Visit for more information.

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Pain Reduction

Chiropractic treatment has been found to be helpful for dealing with pain whether it is in the back or the neck. People’s joints can also feel the benefits from this type of therapy, so if they have been struggling with arthritis for quite some time they can start having a better life, and not have to go through surgery and potent medications to do so. Relief from pain is given to many areas in the body.

The pain felt in the back, knees, legs and feet is much lower due to the pressure in the spine being decreased to a great extent. Areas of the body that move stiffly can also improve, along with having less spasms occurring in the muscles throughout the body. People find they can move much easier. The range of the motion people have goes up and they are more coordinated in their daily activities. These people find their energy improves too.

Healing is Enhanced

Chiropractic care has enhanced the healing process for many people who either have serious illnesses or injuries. A body starts to heal due to the pressure being relieved in various areas. Chiropractic care provides for the most part fairly quick relief; in fact some people see results immediately upon their first treatment. The chiropractor is able to realign joints and limbs, which allows people to have relief quickly.

It is not unusual to have a bit of discomfort or mild pain in the first of the treatments, this is due because of the stress that has been on the body or the condition it has been in for awhile. The chiropractor possibly can inform a person when they will feel a bit more comfortable with the therapy. Chiropractics are used to treat a mixture of different illnesses and conditions, and are easily administered as a supplementary therapy to encourage the process of healing.

How Affordable the Chiropractic Care Is

Chiropractic treatments are a very affordable method of improving healing and get relief from pain and stiffness in the muscles and joints. There are many medical facilities that would require a person to go through treatments that are very drastic and expensive.

With the chiropractic care, the cost will vary but usually one does not need to spend a lot of money for medications or equipment, due to the therapies and sessions are all that is needed.

The affordability over time even gets better due to the body needing fewer treatments. Long courses of treatment can also cost less overall. Many of these chiropractic doctors take health insurance or set up a payment plan, while some only take cash payments, but may give a person some discounts if the circumstances are right.

Lower Risk

As one gets chiropractic care they don’t have to be concerned over treatment with high levels of pain, such as surgery or steroid treatments that both have their negative side effects recovering from. Chiropractic care offers treatments with much lower risks.

If a person makes sure to only have a qualified professional treat them, they can be confident that the course of treatment will be effective and efficient. The course for care usually only calls for a minimal number of treatments, of course the exact number depends on how the body responds to the therapy given and the condition of the body.

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