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Progress Iowa, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans to call on Iowa delegation to ‘Just Vote No’ on repeal of Obamacare PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Sinovic   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 11:57

Iowa seniors to tell their stories about the benefits of Obamacare

DES MOINES, IOWA – In advance of the U.S. House’s 31st attempt to repeal Obamacare, with a vote expected Wednesday afternoon, Progress Iowa and the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans will hold a press conference to call on Iowa’s delegation to ‘Just Vote No’ on repeal of Obamacare.

“They are going to try, for the 31st time, to take away savings on prescription drugs for senior and free preventive care for Iowa’s seniors,” said Don Rowen, President of the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans. “We are calling on the entire Iowa delegation to stand up for seniors and ‘Just Vote No’ on the repeal.”

“Iowa is already seeing great benefits from Obamacare,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “Now the House wants to let insurance companies discriminate based on pre-existing conditions? Kick young adults off their parents insurance before the age of 26? Charge seniors more for their prescription drugs? Our message to the Iowa delegation is clear: Just Vote No.”

Seniors from across Iowa attending the state convention of the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans will be available to press to share their stories about the benefits of Obamacare.

Schedule of Events

WHEN: Wednesday, July 11, 12:00 PM
WHAT: Calling on Iowa’s delegation to ‘Just Vote No’ on repeal of Obamacare
WHO: Don Rowen, President, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans
Matt Sinovic, Executive Director, Progress Iowa

***Members of Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans will be available to press to share their stories about the benefits of Obamacare***

WHERE: 1 Prairie Meadows Dr [Meadows C], Altoona, IA, 50009



NPR: GOP To Make 31st Attempt to Repeal Obamacare Act

Since being signed into law, Iowa families have received the following benefits from the Affordable Care Act:

  • 42,015 Iowans on Medicare saved an average of $616 on prescription drugs, for a total savings of $25,876,475.
  • 18,012 Iowans under the age of 26 gained coverage under the health care law.
  • 388,676 people with Medicare in Iowa received free preventive services – such as mammograms and colonoscopies – or a free annual wellness visit with their doctor.
  • 1,187,000 Iowans, including 433,000 women and 311,000 children, are free from worrying about lifetime limits on coverage.
  • Insurance companies are required to spend 80% of premium dollars on health care instead of overhead.


Next steps for health care reform PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Bobby Schilling   
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 07:43
As you may know, the Supreme Court announced its ruling on the President’s health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  The Supreme Court decided to uphold the entire law, ruling that its individual mandate is a tax.  You can read through their decision by clicking here.

Simply put, our work to improve the American health care system is far from done.  Every American is impacted by the health care reform law, and will be affected by the Supreme Court’s decision.  We need to continue working to ensure folks in Illinois and across the country have access to health care that’s high quality, patient-centered, convenient, and affordable.  

I truly believe that the best ideas often don’t come from Washington, but from the folks in Illinois I have the privilege of representing.  I understand that your health care is very personal, and I want to hear from you how it can be improved.  Your input is important to me, and I appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts.

What do you think our next steps should be?  Please select as many options as you’d like.
  • Repeal it.
  • Immediately pass another massive health care reform package.
  • Take up-or-down votes on individual improvements to the health care system.
  • Meet with health care providers and patients to discuss different reforms they would like to see.
  • Work to ensure health insurance coverage for Americans under the age of 26 or with preexisting conditions.
  • Vote on legislation to allow individuals to buy health insurance across state lines.
  • Consider proposals to advance common-sense liability protections.
  • Look at plans to ensure seniors of today and those of tomorrow have access to Medicare.
  • Advance policies that lower health care costs and improve its quality.
  • Other.

Click here to take the survey.
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Remember that you can always send me a more detailed message with your thoughts or questions on this survey topic or any other issue that is important to you by clicking here.

It is an honor to serve you in Washington, and I value your engagement and input.  Don’t hesitate to contact me if I can answer questions or help you in any way.  I encourage you to visit my Facebook and Twitter pages for other ways to stay up to date with what I’m doing in Washington and in our neighborhood, or to share your thoughts.

Thank you for placing your trust in me.  It is an honor to serve you.

Bobby Schilling
Member of Congress

To send Congressman Schilling an e-mail, click here

HRB Adds Senior Healthcare Marketing Manager PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Thebeau   
Monday, 09 July 2012 13:53

Leslie Blanche adds expertise in aesthetic medical marketing


DAVENPORT, Iowa (July 9, 2012) – As part of a planned expansion into healthcare marketing, HRB (Henry Russell Bruce) has hired Leslie Blanche as Senior Healthcare Marketing Manager. She moved to the Davenport area from Chicago and brings more than five years of healthcare marketing experience. She will manage HRB’s Quad City office.

Blanche, along with Jill Mast, another senior member of the healthcare marketing team, is responsible for growing the healthcare marketing division for HRB. She will focus on aesthetic medical practices, medical device companies, hospitals and large clinic practices.  She will work closely with Mast, who serves as an Account Supervisor for Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids and multiple hospital service lines, in addition to other healthcare clients.

“We’re growing our healthcare marketing division,” said Jim Thebeau, HRB partner and CEO. “Leslie’s experience with national clients adds a new dimension and significant depth to our healthcare team and strongly complements Jill’s extensive hospital marketing experience. We’re very glad to have her join our team.”

Blanche graduated from Western Michigan University and started a career as an 8th grade Math Teacher before turning to marketing in 2004. She launched her marketing career with Chicago Apartment Finders, where she spent three years as the marketing director, creating, developing and implementing strategic marketing plans. She then joined a healthcare marketing start-up, in 2007, where she earned the title Senior Account Manager.

HRB is a full-service ad agency, Web design/Internet marketing and public relations firm that builds brands to produce measureable marketing results. HRB, founded in 1973, has offices in Cedar Rapids and Bettendorf, Iowa. For more information, contact HRB at 800.728-2656 or visit to view the portfolio of clients.


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Stress – The True Gateway Drug PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 09 July 2012 13:31
Physicians Explain How Stress, 12-Step Programs Change the Brain

When Bill W. and Dr. Bob created Alcoholics Anonymous 77 years ago, they borrowed principles learned from a Christian fellowship called the Oxford Group to create their 12-step recovery program.

“They knew that their spiritual program was effective where other ‘cures’ had failed, and over the years, there have been many theories as to why,” says Dr. Harry Haroutunian, physician director of the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs, and collaborator with Dr. Louis Teresi on the book, Hijacking the Brain: How Drug and Alcohol Addiction Hijacks our Brains – The Science Behind Twelve-Step Recovery (

“Now we know that stress is the fuel that feeds addiction, and that stress and drug and alcohol use cause neurological and physiological changes,” Haroutunian says. “The changes are primarily in the deep brain reward centers, the limbic brain, responsible for decisions, memory and emotion. These centers are ‘hijacked’ by substance abuse, so that the addicted person wants the booze or drug over anything else. ”

As a scientist and physician applying the 12-step program to his own life, Teresi studied the physiological changes triggered by this seemingly non-scientific treatment.

“One response is that elements of 12-step programs reduce stress and increase feelings of comfort and reward through chemical changes in the brain and body. These changes allow for neuronogenesis – the birth of neurons in the brain,” Teresi says.

“As substances of abuse affect the limbic brain, so do 12-step recovery practices."

Teresi says the 11th step in the program, which emphasizes spiritual practices such as prayer and meditation, works for the following reasons:

Chilling out: Addiction is a cycle of bad habits. When something bad happens, an alcoholic drinks to feel better. When something good occurs, he drinks to celebrate. After years of this behavior, a person needs a way to step outside of himself to maintain sobriety. Regular prayer or meditation achieves that and becomes “that other habitual option” for responding to emotions, he says.

• “Mindfulness” meditation: While certain forms of prayer are effective, meditation may be a more direct way to achieve the kind of beneficial self-regulation that makes the 11th step so crucial, Teresi says. Mindfulness meditation incorporates active Focused Attention and the more passive Open Monitoring to raise a person’s awareness of his impulses, leading to better self-control.

The three-fold manner: A successful 11th step tends to have the following benefits: First, stress is relieved in both cognitive and emotional reactivity, as evidenced by reduced cortisol (stress hormone) levels and other biological indicators. Second, some forms of meditation are shown to stimulate the brain’s reward centers, releasing dopamine – a mood elevator -- while improving attention and memory. Third, an increased sense of connectivity and empathy to others is achieved, satisfying our natural need for social connection and reducing stress.

Sobriety is not so much about not drinking or drugging, Teresi says.

“It’s about developing an attitude and lifestyle that brings sufficient serenity and personal reward that drinking, or taking any mood-altering drug, is simply unnecessary.”

About Dr. Teresi & Dr. Haroutunian

Louis Teresi earned his medical degree from Harvard, where he completed honors concentration courses in neuroscience. In more than 24 years of practice, Teresi has authored numerous peer-reviewed papers, winning 14 national and international awards for his research, and is a senior member of the American Society of Neuroradiology. He is a grateful recovering alcoholic.

Dr. Harry L. Haroutunian, known as "Dr. Harry," is an internationally known speaker on addiction who has created the "Recovery 101" lecture series. As physician director of the Betty Ford Center, Dr. Haroutunian has contributed to the development of a variety of programs. He is the author of the soon-to-be-published book "Staying Sober When Nothing Goes Right" and collaborated with Dr. Louis Teresi, author of "Hijacking the Brain: How Drug and Alcohol Addiction Hijacks our Brains – The Science Behind Twelve-Step Recovery."

Quad Cities Eating Disorder Consortium Re-Launched As Amy's Gift PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amy's Gift   
Thursday, 05 July 2012 06:59
The Quad Cities Eating Disorders Consortium has changed their name to Amy's Gift and relaunched a new website at to honor the Amy Helpenstell Foundation, who provides the grant which funds the organization, and Amy Helpenstell herself, the bright Quad Citian who created the foundation before her passing due to complications from anorexia. The mission of Amy's Gift is to be guided by the Amy Helpenstell Foundation’s message of help, hope and healing by promoting awareness, understanding, diagnosis and treatment for eating disorders so that those experiencing the disease in our community can receive the best treatment possible.  Amy's Gift provides resources, a local support group, and educational events for health care professionals, educators, and families alike on the subject of eating disorders.

To find these resources, information on upcoming events and more, visit the website at, call (309) 779-3077, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  To inquire about the local eating disorders support group facilitated by Amy's Gift from 6-7p.m. the first four Wednesdays of every month, call the Trinity Enrichment Center at (563) 742-5800.

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