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Health care reform will put more decision making in the hands of patients and doctors. It will NOT enable the government to make individual treatment decisions.
The health reform legislation before Congress preserves choice and decision-making for patients and would improve the coordination of care for patients. Every proposal being considered would allow individuals to choose their own health plans, providers, and hospitals; none of the proposals would prevent patients and their doctors from choosing the best possible care.
THE REAL TRUTH: Health care reform will require insurance companies to offer a minimum level of benefits. It will NOT result in socialized medicine.
None of the major health reform proposals under consideration propose a government-run health care system in which the federal government is the single payer or provider of health insurance. Proposed legislation allows the government to set a standard level of covered benefits that all insurance companies must provide. This standard would establish a minimum on benefits but would not preclude insurance companies from offering additional benefits if they so chose.
Health care reform will expand Medicare benefits. It will NOT lead to euthanasia for senior citizens.
Health reform proposals look to expand Medicare benefits and reduce out-of-pocket costs for certain Medicare services. In fact, the House bill proposes to enhance Medicare benefits by closing the coverage gap for prescription drugs in the Medicare Part D program. The bills before Congress also would create a way to pay physicians for talking to patients about advanced care planning. Patients regularly consult now with their health providers to plan for end-of-life needs, such as advance directives and palliative care. Under the proposals before Congress, these consultations would continue to be voluntary, would not promote euthanasia (which is illegal in 48 states), and would allow physicians to get paid for the helpful information they already provide to patients.
The National Health Council is the only organization of its kind that brings together all segments of the health care community to provide a united voice for 133 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers. Made up of 115 national health-related organizations, its core membership includes 50 of the nation’s leading patient advocacy groups. Other members include professional and member- ship associations, nonprofit organizations with an interest in health, and major pharmaceutical, medical device and bio- technology companies. The National Health Council brings together diverse stakeholders within the health community to work for health care that meets the personal needs and goals of people with chronic diseases and disabilities.
Learn more about the National Health Council at www.nationalhealthcouncil.org.
Friday, July 31, 2009
- I have entered a new phase of my life as Bruce and I decided to separate on July 1st after 22.5 years of marriage. A whole new world has been opening up to me, and I have a lot to say about that!
- Our Country entered a new era in January with the inauguration of Barak Obama. I have been hesitant to post too many politically-themed items on Facebook because I don't want to seem rude. I'm OK having friends who think/feel differently than I on political topics, but I'd rather discuss them on a less occupied space than Facebook. If they want to weigh in on my comments, this blog seems a more civilized space in which to do it. Or, if they don't want to read the blog, they don't have to!
- Tori is entering her Senior year of high school, with everything that entails on the way. Senior portraits, new class schedule (including enrollment in Advanced Music Studies at T.J. High School in the mornings and regular classes at Linganore in the afternoons). It will be wonderful and stressful and news-full....so I can blog about all of that!
- I am dedicated to rediscovering who I am and what I love to do as I prepare to become an empty-nester. I am hoping to blog about that, too.
So, as you can see, I'll be covering anything and everything on my blog in the coming days/weeks/months/year(s). Stay tuned!!!!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Faith helped me immensely, as I physically felt the results of prayers that so many of my friends and family members were sending up on our behalf. I have faith that Chris is no longer in pain, that he has met is Maker and is on a better path. I have faith that I am where I'm supposed to be, living the life I'm supposed to live, and that there is nothing I could have done differently to change the outcome of Chris' life. I have faith that, with a little help from my friends, I will be OK.
Elation came on Friday, just hours before the memorial service, as we found out that Tori will be portraying Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie at Linganore the last weekend in April. We needed that good news to buoy us in this time of grief. She was lifted up to sing at the Memorial - Blue Wind from the musical Spring Awakening - a haunting song that reflected the sadness we were all feeling. So many people came to the memorial - many of Chris' friends from the writing group he worked with, friends from school days, family friends, and many of my dear friends from work, theatre, and girlfriend circles. They will never know what their support and presence meant to me - words can't adequately tell them.
So, onward we go...winter is waning and soon the green shoots of Spring will be popping up everywhere. We may see one or two more snowfalls, but the very most dark part of Winter is on the way into the past. We have all of the rites of Spring to look forward to....singing competitions, Easter, Spring Break, and the musical. Tori's Junior year of high school is winding down, and college visits are on the agenda.
Life goes on....
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Actually, I have an optimistic feeling that once this is over with, everything will be A-OK. I am reading some really interesting, albeit a bit out-there, books by Sylvia Browne, recommended and loaned to me by someone at work. I've always believed in a spirit world, and this just takes it a step further. I've decided to record what I can remember of my dreams as I've always dreamed very vividly and I want to see if there are any patterns there that may help me get out of the rut I've been in for quite awhile. We'll see.
I hope to soon post some pics of my side of the family gathering this year. We had a great time at Kevin's "new" place. It's right on the water and he's done a lot of work to fix it up.
Well, not too much energy today, so more later....
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Work: Very busy, but there's a light at the end of the no Admissions/Social Work Director tunnel. I am hoping that we will hire a new colleague for me to work with in January. I can't tell you how much that will help! I'll be able to do more of the fun, creative stuff and less of the icky stuff. Lost some very special residents these past few months, and that is always so difficult. But I do feel honored that I was able to spend some time with them and know them, if even for a short time.
Home: Always something to do that I don't feel like doing. Like cleaning. Or just de-cluttering. Or just moving off of sofa. Yes, it's that sad. On the upside, the house is still standing - with a puppy, there's always the possibility that it won't be! And with the high winds as of late...well, we lost our American Flag for a while as well as various & sundry other items that we had decorating our landscaping. So yes, it is good to have a place to call home.
Family: Bruce is still travelling to NC every week, but has been home for a couple of longer weekends due to the holidays. He continues to put up with me, so that's a positive thing, I think. Tori is...well, she's 16 and that about says it all. She's been dating Travis for 6 months, which is sort of freaking me out, but other than that, her life is all dance, voice & drama. She'll audition for the Spring Musical, "Thoroughly Modern Millie" later this month and then rehearsals will start for that, leaving her with little free time. What free time she does have will often be spent on homework and starting the college application process - or at least figuring out her top 5-7 schools so she can apply when the time comes. Right now, it's looking like Marymount Manhattan, Towson U, and Columbia College (Chicago) are her top 3. We'll just have to see how it all works out! Various members of my extended family have faced some real challenges in these past several months, and any prayers are very much appreciated!
Me: Um...still overweight and wanting to change that but not caring to put in the effort it requires (just being honest, here...). Heavily involved in the Fredericktowne Players' Board - come see "Grace & Glorie" the last weekend in January or the first in February at FCC!!! Trying to find time here & there to scrapbook and make cards. Very much enjoying the company of my friends when I can. Loving reconnecting with so many special people on Facebook - have found several folks from my high school days recently and we're planning some mini-reunions. I am really psyched for those! Have also reconnected with some Hood-lums through LinkdedIn and Faebook, and that is fun too!
So, those are the highlights. It's 2009, people! Time for a change, time to kiss crappy 2008 GOODBYE! Time for....well, let's just see what the New Year brings, shall we? Pease & love to all who have made it this far....post more soon!