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New book offers 48-day plan to quit smoking PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cat Erin Davis   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 08:47

Author Cat Erin Davis shares plan for personal success using universal law of attraction

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Cat Erin Davis claims smokers everywhere can use the universal law of attraction to quit smoking for good in her new book, “You Can Stop Smoking in Forty-Eight Days: Using the Law of Attraction” (published by Balboa Press).

The law of attraction – first developed by New Thought Movement pioneer Thomas Troward – claims positive thoughts will produce additional positive thoughts and actions, and that negative thinking will only result in greater negative feelings.

Using this law as a basis for conquering her own addiction to cigarettes, Davis quit her 38-year-long smoking habit.

Her new book details the steps needed to apply the law of attraction to smoking cessation and provides a 48-day workbook for readers to track progress.

“It all starts by listening to your soft, heartfelt inner voice, the one that loves you,” Davis says. “(Listen to) your unique inner spirit.”

“You Can Stop Smoking in Forty-Eight Days”

By Cat Erin Davis

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 178 pages | ISBN 9781452590653

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 178 pages | ISBN 9781452590646

E-Book | 178 pages | ISBN 9781452590639

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Cat Erin Davis grew up around nature in Houston. She has an extensive work portfolio that includes building muscle cars as an auto mechanic and working as a professional dog trainer, as well as becoming a first class manual machinist, a paint contractor, a Class A truck driver and an author.

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the self-publishing model. For more information, visit balboapress.com. To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.

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Understanding Long-Term Health-Care PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 21 April 2014 09:09

Long-Term Care Crisis Prompts More Aggressive Collection Tactics
Insurance Industry Expert Shares Tips for Protecting Your Family from “Filial” Support Laws

Most people do not understand filial support laws, which are spreading to more states – 28 and counting, says insurance industry expert Chris Orestis.

“We’re living longer, but for many of us, that also means we’ll require some type of  long-term health care at some point,” says Orestis, a longtime industry insider and author of “Help on the Way,” (http://ebook.lifecarefunding.com/), which explains the problem of funding long-term care and offers solutions.

“It’s a problem no matter what your age because we’re experiencing a “Silver Tsunami” of retiring baby boomers and the costs of long-term care can be extremely high. Medicaid is the only option for many seniors, and that’s straining the funding for that safety net. Many people are not eligible for Medicaid, but also cannot afford the expense of care.”

As a result, long-term care providers and the federal government are bringing lawsuits and mandating claw-back actions against families, insurance companies and legal advisors, he says. Many are turning to filial support laws, which impose a duty upon adult children for the support of their impoverished parents. Medicaid also has the right to sue families in probate court to “claw-back” funds spent on care.

Just one recent example involved John Pittas, a 47-year-old restaurant owner who was sued by a nursing home company for $93,000 in expenses incurred by his mother over a six-month period after she was denied Medicaid eligibility.

“The court finding even granted discretion to the nursing home company to seek payment from any family members it wished to pursue,” says Orestis.

To avoid a financial catastrophe, he says families should consider these options:

•  Know your and your family’s health-care rights as a veteran. Veterans who have honorably served their country should take advantage of their VA benefits – not only for their well-being, but also for their family’s health. Additional programs that may apply to family members include the VA Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), a comprehensive health-care program in which the VA shares the cost of covered services and supplies for eligible beneficiaries; the spina bifida health-care benefits program for certain Korea and Vietnam veterans' birth children; and TRICARE, another health-care program serving uniformed service members, retirees and their families.

•  You can convert your life insurance policy for long-term care. There is $27.2 trillion worth of in-force life insurance policies in the United States, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners – that’s triple the amount of home equity today! Rather than cancel or drop a policy to save on premiums when faced with long-term care needs, you can use it to pay for home care, assisted-living or nursing home expenses. “I’ve been lobbying state Legislatures to make the public aware of their legal right to use this option,” says Orestis, CEO of Life Care Funding, (www.lifecarefunding.com). Seniors can sell their policy for 30 to 60 percent of its death benefit value and put the money into an irrevocable, tax-free fund designated specifically for their care.

•  Don’t be so quick to attempt to qualify for Medicaid. Many people who need significant long-term health care can’t afford it, so they drop life insurance policies that they’ve been carrying for years in order to qualify for Medicaid. Families often turn to Medicaid to pay for nursing home care, but it comes with many restrictions, including choice of facilities. In a situation where one spouse is healthy and the other is not, the spouse living independently will also face restrictions on the amount of assets he or she can retain, for instance, a maximum $2,898.00 for monthly maintenance.

About Chris Orestis

Chris Orestis, nationally known senior health-care advocate, expert, and author is CEO of Life Care Funding, (www.lifecarefunding.com), which created the model for converting life insurance policies into protected Long-Term Care Benefit funds. His company has been providing care benefits to policy holders since 2007. A former life insurance industry lobbyist with a background in long-term care issues, he created the model to provide an option for middle-class people who are not wealthy enough to pay for long-term care, and not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid.

 
Simon: Combating food insecurity must be a priority PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Nelson   
Friday, 18 April 2014 09:39

Lt. Governor addresses food access, farmers markets at Governor’s Rural Affairs Council Meeting

SPRINGFIELD – April 16, 2014. Building on her work to provide local and healthy food to Illinois residents, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon joined advocates and stakeholders to discuss ways to combat food insecurity throughout the state, upcoming policy issues and pending legislation impacting farmers markets during a Governor’s Rural Affairs Council meeting in Springfield on Wednesday.

“No one in Illinois should be experiencing food insecurity,” said Simon. “Children should not be going to bed hungry and families should not have to worry about where they will get their next meal.”

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, food insecurity is the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways. An estimated 14.5 percent of American households were food insecure at least some time during the year according to the most recently available statistics, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.

Simon recently visited the Carbondale Community Farmers Market to urge farmers markets across Illinois to accept Link cards via new wireless technology provided by the state. The Carbondale Community Farmers Market is the first market in Illinois to receive a free wireless point-of-sale terminal through a partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS), Xerox, MerchantSource and Total Merchant Services.  Simon noted that these machines help promote acceptance of the Link card for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps.  Currently, about a quarter of the nearly 400 Illinois farmers markets in the state are accepting these benefits.

Simon also discussed legislation passed out of the Illinois House last week aimed at standardizing the fees and regulations related to farmers markets in the stats. Currently, rules for farmers markets are set by local health departments. A uniform set of regulations concerning food samples, labeling a product’s origin, and vendor fees would be put into place under House Bill 5657. The measure unanimously passed the House and has been sent to the Illinois Senate for further consideration.

Lt. Governor Sheila Simon chairs the 25-member Governor's Rural Affairs Council (GRAC). Under Simon's leadership, the GRAC has worked to expand access to locally grown, healthy foods and emergency medical services (EMS) in rural areas, as well as other rural issues.

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Celebrate World Red Cross Day by donating blood PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Corey   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:57

Advocate for the relief of human suffering

PEORIA, Ill. (April 15, 2014) — World Red Cross Day is a time to recognize worldwide efforts to advocate for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, disaster, war or famine.

The American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to support these humanitarian efforts by making an appointment to donate lifesaving blood this May. The need is constant, and all blood types are needed, especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative.

Each year, World Red Cross Day is celebrated on May 8, the birthday of Henry Dunant, who officially founded the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement nearly 100 years ago.

For more than 130 years, the Red Cross has been dedicated to helping people in communities large and small across the U.S. It is the only humanitarian services organization that provides blood services, serves as the emergency communication link between military personnel and their families, offers health and safety training and responds to disasters of all types and sizes.

Join the Red Cross family this month and make an appointment to give blood in honor of World Red Cross Day by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Henry County

May 1 from 12-6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church S Campus Bldg., 302 N. State St. in Geneseo, Ill.

May 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cambridge American Legion Post 417, 111 N. Prospect St. in Cambridge, Ill.

May 8 from 2-6 p.m. at St John's Vianney Church, 313 S. West St. in Cambridge, Ill.

May 14 from 2-6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St. in Kewanee, Ill.

May 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kewanee Royal Oaks Care Center, 605 E. Church St. in Kewanee, Ill.

Lee County

May 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Amboy High School, 11 E. Hawley St. in Amboy, Ill.

May 9 from 2-6 p.m. at Ashton-Franklin Center High School, 611 Western in Ashton, Ill.

May 12 from 12-6 p.m. at Dixon Fire Department, 210 S. Hennepin in Dixon, Ill.

Mercer County

May 12 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sherrard High School, 4701 176th in Sherrard, Ill.

May 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Aledo Genesis Medical Center, 409 North West 9th Ave. in Aledo, Ill.

Whiteside County

May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Army National Guard, 716 Sixth Ave in Rock Falls, Ill.

May 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Erie High School, 435 6th Ave. in Erie, Ill.

May 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fulton High School, 1207 12th St. in Fulton, Ill.

May 7 from 2-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Prophetstown High School, 310 Riverside in Prophetstown, Ill.

May 8 from 2-7 p.m. at Tampico United Methodist Church, 202 Lincoln Ave. in Tampico, Ill.

May 12 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Montmorency School, 9415 Hoover Road in Rock Falls, Ill.

May 13 from 1-6 p.m. at Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th St. in Fulton, Ill.

May 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Red Cross is supported in part through generous financial donations from the United Way. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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Agenda for Eastern Iowa MH-DS region Governing Board of Directors Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Elam   
Monday, 14 April 2014 15:06

EASTERN IOWA MENTAL HEALTH AND DISABILITY SERVICES REGION

Governing Board of Directors Meeting

Scott County Administration Building

Room 605

April 21, 2014

3:00 PM

  1. Roll Call

  1. Approval of Minutes

  1. Appointment of Fiscal Agent

  1. Gender Balance

  1. Website

  1. Contracts

  1. Insurance

  1. Legislative Update

  1. CEO Report

  1. Other Items

  1. Public Comment

  1. Adjournment

 
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