It was 1998 and I had just moved to Louisville, Kentucky, very close to where I grew up as a child.  I was returning to my native state to care for my mother who was dying of ovarian cancer and her mother who was bedbound by a stroke.  My life had been interrupted and part of me was okay about that and part of me was not.  Caregiving can be hard.


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According to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, starting on September 23, 2012, your health plan must provide your policy in language you can understand.  Along with that, there’s a new SBC  — Standard Benefits and Coverage — form that all health plans will be using in the U.S. to help you understand what you owe, what they owe, and what isn’t paid at all. 


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Even before Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010, making sense of your health plan was difficult.  Now, overlay hundreds of new requirements affecting virtually every American, and the task is more difficult.  No easy feat, for sure. I can help.


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Several hundred patients gathered at the Hilton Union Station in San Francisco last week to give voice to what is being called the New Patient — the network patient.  From blogs, RSS feeds, Im’ing, and e-scrips, there appears to be an app for that to keep patients informed about their health and treatment choices.  


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It’s definitely not your mother’s public health campaign.

When the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)  launched the Heart Truth campaign seven years ago to raise awareness of women’s heart health their partners were your typical patient groups and professional medical societies.


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