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Showing posts from October, 2016

What is Open Enrollment?

This time of year, there may be a lot of information, emails, news blasts, and media coverage regarding open enrollment.  Open enrollment is a time when individuals can sign up for new health insurance coverage or renew existing coverage.  Changes to policies may also be made, including adding or removing a family member.  The amount and type of coverage someone may want can also be modified.  Nonetheless, the open enrollment period may vary slightly depending on the type of coverage someone is seeking. Medicare open enrollment period is from October 15 to December 7 . During this time, individuals can change their Medicare coverage and prescription drug coverage.  At this point, if there are changes in their plans' annual coverage, Medicare participants should have been notified.  These changes may be listed in an Annual Notice of Coverage (ANOC) or an Evidence of Coverage (EOC). Individuals with questions may call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit Medicaid and Children

Who the Hungry Really Are

According to the US Department of Agriculture, hunger is defined as "...a potential consequence of food insecurity that, because of prolonged, involuntary lack of food, results in discomfort, illness, weakness, or pain that goes beyond the usual uneasy sensation." Further, food security was defined ranging from high to very low food security.   Very low food security exists when there are multiple disruptions of eating patterns without food intake because of lack of available resources to obtain food. It should be noted that low food security exists when low variety exists.  This was formerly known as food insecurity without hunger. For example, a family unable to afford groceries or running out of groceries by the end of the week may have very low food security.  Families who may need to eat the same low budget meal repeatedly may have low food security. However, they are able to provide some type of nourishment. Low food security or very low food security is not a def

The Importance of Mental Health Parity

The first step in addressing the issue of mental health parity is to create awareness about issues that actually do happen. So many times in our society, we like to pretend something didn't happen, we like to say it isn't real, we like to live in our glass houses and say there is something wrong with the person complaining rather than addressing the real issue. That is why it is so important to educate others . Educating others provides them with more knowledge and information and may help them to change their beliefs. Many may have misconceptions or may be unaware of issues that happen every day around them. Why Should We Care About Mental Health Parity? Mental illness not only affects the individual with mental illness; it affects family, friends, neighbors, schools, classmates, and the community at large. Not only is the indvidual affected by mental illness, but everyone around them is affected as well. Issues arise when someone receives improper care for a men