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Jordan Catholic School partners with Trinity Smoke Free That's Me program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janine Parr   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 11:37
Jordan Catholic School 4th grade teacher Karen Lavell reached out to Trinity to participate in their “Smoke Free That’s Me” program. Mrs. Lavell explained that this is a perfect time to teach students about the dangers of smoking as the Great American Smoke-out is this Thursday November 15th. Trinity will work with Mrs. Lavell’s 4th grade class from 1-2pm today.

Trinity Cancer Center reaches out to area elementary students to educate them in visual and interactive ways about the long-term dangers of smoking.  Smoke Free That’s Me is a program presented to 2nd and 4th graders by oncology-certified nurses.  Each presentation lasts about 50 minutes and includes an age-appropriate video, handout, and numerous interactive activities.  Educators are encouraged to call the Cancer Canter at (309) 779-5090 ext. 1 (nursing) or ext. 3 (Carolene) to schedule a visit.


 
Insurance Program Covers People with Pre-existing Conditions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 12 November 2012 15:28
‘Care is Available in Every State,’ says Former Physician

With all the talk about health-care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, it seems few people know coverage is available in every state as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, says Dr. Dixie Swanson, a former television health reporter and physician, and a lupus patient.

“People can apply for the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan, which will not deny you coverage because you have asthma, diabetes or some other condition, and will not charge you more simply because of it,” says Swanson, the author of “The Accidental President Trilogy,” (www.dixieswanson.com). “In Washington D.C. and 23 states – including Florida, Massachusetts and Texas – it’s run by the federal government. Twenty-seven states run their own PCIP program.”

Policies vary from state to state and premiums may vary, but coverage can cost less than $200 a month. But a shockingly low number of people know about the coverage, Swanson says. As of July 31, there were 82,000 people enrolled. Maine had only 42 enrollees; California had the most, 11,118.

“Getting and keeping health insurance is Job One for many patients with chronic illness. This is a real step forward," Swanson says.

Here are some important things to know about PCIP:

• You are eligible for PCIP coverage ONLY if you have been without insurance coverage for the past six months. If you have coverage – even if it does not cover your condition – you are not eligible, and if you’re in a state high-risk pool, you’re not eligible.

• Rules vary depending on who administers the plan. In states with the federally administered program, you must submit one of the following with your application: 1) An insurance company’s letter denying you coverage from within the past 12 months, 2) An offer of insurance with a rider disallowing your condition, provided you didn’t accept a policy, 3) If you’re under 19 or you live in Vermont or Massachusetts, a letter from a doctor, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner stating your condition, and 4) If you’re under 19 or you live in Vermont or Massachusetts, an offer of insurance that you didn’t accept because the premium was too high (provided it’s at least double the cost of a standard option PCIP premium),

• In states with the federally administered program, if you’re application is accepted, you’ll receive a letter within two to three weeks. If you submitted your application and all documentation before the 15th of the month, your coverage can start by the 1st of the following month (i.e. by Nov. 15, coverage starts Dec. 1). If you apply after the 15th, it will start by the first of the month after that (i.e. Jan. 1).

• PCIP is designed to be temporary. The Affordable Health Care Act calls for private insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions beginning in 2014, at which time PCIP will not be necessary.

• To find out more, visit the plan’s official website, www.pcip.gov

About Dixie Swanson

Dixie Swanson was a pediatrician for 10 years and the Family Health Reporter for NBC’s Houston affiliate. She also spent time working for a Washington lobbyist with access to the White House.  Dixie is the author of “The Accidental President Trilogy – a Political Fable for Our Time.”

 
On Veterans Day, Braley Calls on Administration to Fix Disability Claims Backlog PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Bowman   
Monday, 12 November 2012 15:27

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Bruce Braley (IA-01) is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to take action on the Disability Claims backlog following a recent Washington Post report that states nearly 900,000 veterans’ claims are in pending status.

Rep. Bruce Braley issued the following statement:

"This Veterans Day we are honoring those who serve our country, yet over 900,000 men and women are not getting the care they need from the Veterans Administration. This is completely unacceptable. The VA needs to fix this problem and work with Congress to make sure the necessary resources are provided.

"I have personally told Under Secretary Hickey that I stand ready to ensure the VA has the resources available to fix this backlog, and I'll do everything I can to get these overdue benefits to our nation's veterans. Our heroes shouldn't have to wait in line after they've stood in the line of duty to protect our country.

"I also encourage any Iowa veteran who is currently experiencing delays in their claims processing to contact my office. Working together, we can help cut through this unnecessary red tape."

Rep. Braley has a long history of fighting to secure benefits for our troops and veterans and working to eliminate the claims backlog. Braley has been an avid supporter of creating a fully-integrated electronic processing system for VA records so they can be processed more efficiently. He has also secured GI Bill education benefits for hundreds of members of the Iowa Guard, successfully fought for overdue backpay for Iowa Guard members, and in 2009, introduced legislation to eliminate combat zone documentation barriers which often prevent veterans injured while serving in combat from getting the disability benefits that they deserve.  Braley has repeatedly urged Congress and the Administration to tackle the claims backlog, and make veterans' benefit forms more understandable.

Braley's office is dedicated to ensuring full benefits for Iowa veterans. If you are a veteran or veteran family member and are experiencing difficulties with the federal government, please contact Rep. Braley's Waterloo office at 319-287-3233.

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Branstad, Reynolds encourage Iowans to register for the Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit ahead of Nov. 13 deadline PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Monday, 12 November 2012 13:53
DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today encouraged Iowans to register for the Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit. The registration deadline is Nov. 13 at midnight.

 

The summit will be held on Nov. 27, at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. Iowans are encouraged to register at: https://preventbullying.iowa.gov/

 

 

The agenda for the Governor Bullying Prevention Summit is as follows:

 

8:30 a.m.- 10 a.m. Registration

10 a.m.- 10:05 a.m. Welcome – The Honorable Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor of Iowa

10:05-10:15 a.m. Opening Remarks — The Honorable Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa

10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.     “It Takes a Community” Paul Gausman, Superintendent of the Sioux City School District

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Breakout Sessions

 

Breakout Session One

“24/7 Bullying in the Digital Age”

Marsali Hancock, CEO and president of the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, will speak and moderate a panel discussion, followed by questions from the audience

 

Panelists:

  • Ben Barry, Guidance Counselor at Carlisle Middle School
  • Elizabeth Englander, Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University
  • Matt Shankles, Student at Linn-Mar High School, Marion
  • · Jenny Pfeifer, College student from Simpson College, Indianola 

 

Breakout Session Two

“Schools in the Legal Twilight Zone”

Tom Wheeler, Member of Frost Brown Todd LLC, Indianapolis, IN, and Past Chair of the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys, will speak and moderate a panel discussion, followed by questions from the audience

 

Panelists:

  • Drew Bracken, Attorney at Ahlers & Cooney PC, Des Moines
  • Judy Bradshaw, Des Moines Chief of Police
  • Matt Carver, Legal Services Director for School Administrators of Iowa
  • Frank LoMonte, Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center, Arlington, VA
  • Beth Townsend, Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission

 

12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Box lunch available

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. “Queen Bees and Wannabes: Teaching Social Competency” Rosalind Wiseman, Parenting and Bullying Expert whose book became the basis for the movie “Mean Girls”

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions

 

Breakout Session One

“Sick from Bullying”

Diana Schroeder, Director of Bullying Prevention Initiatives for the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Windber Research Institute in Windber, PA, will speak and moderate a panel discussion, followed by questions from the audience

 

Panelists:

  • Cheryll Jones, Health Services Coordinator and Director of Policy and Advocacy for Child Health Specialty Clinics, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Dr. Jennifer Groos, pediatrician at Blank Children’s Hospital, Des Moines, and vice president of the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Laura Jackson, Executive Vice President, Health Care Strategy and Policy, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Des Moines
  • Sharon Guthrie, Executive Director of the Iowa School Nurse Organization
  • Michael Peters, Great Prairie Area Education Agency school social worker, Ottuwma

 

Breakout Session Two

“The Culture of Mean”

Barbara Coloroso, author of “The Bullied, the Bully and the Bystander,” will speak and moderate a panel discussion, followed by questions from the audience

 

Panelists:

  • Ella Daft, Student at Newton Senior High School
  • Lori Eastwood, Counselor with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Decorah Office
  • Dave Kramer, Executive Director of the Iowa Pupil Transportation Association
  • Michelle Lane, Parent Advocate for Youngsters with Disabilities, Waterloo
  • Mike Schlesinger, Publisher of the Marshalltown Times-Republican

 

2:45 to 3:45 p.m. “Leadership Makes the Difference”

Conference-wide discussion moderated by Iowa Public Television’s Dean Borg, followed by questions from the audience

 

Panelists:

  • Penny Bisignano, Consultant for Bullying Prevention and Intervention, Iowa Department of Education
  • Arthur Tate, Superintendent of the Davenport School District
  • Joel Pedersen, Superintendent of the Cardinal School District, Eldon
  • Emily Domayer, Student at Morningside College, Sioux City
  • Timothy Minard, Senior Vice President, U.S. Distribution, the Principal Financial Group, Des Moines
  • Nate Monson, Executive Director of Iowa Safe Schools, Des Moines
  • Nishan Singh, Student at Iowa State University, Ames

 

3:45 to 4 p.m. Final remarks by Jason Glass, Iowa Department of Education Director

 

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Pass Legislation For the Agent Orange Equity Act PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John J Bury, USN, retired   
Monday, 12 November 2012 13:42

With the elections over, the new Congress and Senate will have their first session in early 2013.  They will be faced with many issues, some old, some new.  It is time for the new Congress and Senate to put aside politics and become legislators.  There are still two major Bills in committee of interest to Vietnam veterans, House Bill HR-3612 and Senate Bill S.1629.  These Bills are to restore VA benefits for Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam war.

The present Congress and Senate still have time to act upon these Bills before January 2013.  These Bills must come out of committee and go to the floor of both houses.  I ask the American people to urge our legislators to act on these Bills.  The Vietnam veterans who are sick from Agent Orange Dioxin exposure need these Bills passed into law by our present legislators before the new legislators take office.  With a new legislative assembly, we advocates for Vietnam veterans will have to start over again.  This means longer delay for veterans VA approval.  Thousands of Vietnam veterans won't be approved by the VA because they did not have boots on ground, even though they were awarded the Vietnam Service Medal. Many Sailors, Airmen and Fleet Marines who served during that war are sick from exposure to the deadly herbicide.  With the passage of the afore mentioned Bills, these members of the Armed Forces will receive equality for VA benefits.

 
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