The New Online Marketplace for Affordable Health Care Statewide Options Now Available Through Illinois' Official Health Marketplace Created by the Affordable Care Act CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today launched Get Covered Illinois, the state’s comprehensive education and enrollment online platform for uninsured residents to sign up for health coverage under the Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn's commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Illinois. “Today we are launching a new state of health care for more than one million of our uninsured relatives, loved ones, friends and neighbors,” Governor Quinn said. “Get Covered Illinois – the state’s new health insurance marketplace – will make health care more affordable than ever for those who need it. While there may be bumps along the way, this is a turning point in our nation and the state as we strive to provide decent health care to all.” GetCoveredIllinois.gov is the official website marketplace where individuals, families and small business owners can get connected to their new health insurance options with coverage starting Jan. 1. The state is working with community groups in every corner of the state to provide direct enrollment assistance. Get Covered Illinois will be robust with eight major companies that are participating: Aetna Life Insurance Company Coventry Health and Life Insurance Company Coventry Health Care of Illinois, Inc. Health Alliance Medical Plans, Inc. Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company (Blue Cross) Humana Health Plan, Inc. Humana Insurance Company Land of Lincoln Mutual Health Insurance Company "Illinois is excited and proud to be launching the most ambitious wellness initiative in our state’s history," Deputy Governor Cristal Thomas said. “This will require a massive education and sign-up effort, and we are committed to working with our partners across the state to ensure that all of those who are eligible know about their options and are able to select a health plan that meets their needs.”
KILLINGTON, VT. (Sept. 21-22, 2013) – Under sunny, blue skies in central Vermont, before an international crowd of 15,000, the Reebok Spartan Race World Championships crowned new male and female World Champions. Utah’s Hobie Call, 36, and Amelia Boone, 30, of Chicago, finished first and each earned a $15,000 payout. The hotly anticipated season finale with over $290,000 in cash and prizes, featured some of the world’s most talented professional obstacle course racers, Olympians, professional triathletes, and world champion trail runners. NBC Sports was on hand to capture all the action for a television special airing October 19, 2013. The men’s competitive heat featured the winner, Hobie Call who emerged from the daunting 14 mile course with a time of 3:35:56. Finishing in second place was Australian Spartan Champion Matt Murphy, 28, in 3:44:15, and Spartan Pro Team member Hunter McIntyre, 24, now residing in Pittsfield, Vt., who finished a close third with a time of 3:44:42. On the women’s side, Amelia Boone, who came in second last year, took the top spot this year with a time of 4:09:52, nearly 15 minutes ahead of the second place female finisher, Australian Spartan Champion Deanna Blegg, 44, who clocked in at 4:24:10. Rounding out the top three was Canadian National team biathlete, Olympic hopeful and 2012 Spartan Race World Champion Claude Godbout, 27, of Quebec City, with a time of 4:34:52. At the finish line, still caked in mud, Hobie Call, of Erda, Utah, said, “The course is absolutely crazy. I had to do it carefully and pace myself. I’m still in denial that I won. I’m sure I’ll be crying in a corner in a couple of hours,” he jokes. Female champion Amelia Boone, an attorney at Skadden Arps, says, “It really could have been anyone’s race. That’s what is great about these events. I went out not knowing what to expect. It was the toughest competition I’ve ever faced in a race.” The Reebok Spartan Beast race, in Killington, Vt., which will attract over 9,000 competitors and 6,000 spectators this weekend, is infamous for a half marathon worth of steep inclines, technical terrain, and challenging obstacles such as carrying 65 pound sand bags, climbing walls, and crawling through mud under barbed wire. “We continue to push athletes to new limits with our races,” said Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena of Pittsfield, Vt. “This is the toughest race we’ve designed to date, most definitely. We can’t wait to show the world what we have in store for 2014.” For more information about the race, log onto www.spartanrace.com. For video, see www.spartanrace.tv.
PSA VIDEOS AVAILABLE FROM http://www.newsinfusion.com/events/saluteamericasheroes For most military service members stationed overseas, coming home is a joyful time. But for many who are severely wounded and focused on their recovery, new challenges often loom, including mounting expenses and extensive delays in receiving their disability benefits, and perhaps most importantly, the search for gainful employment. The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (CSAH), a 501(c)(3) organization, was created to help disabled veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as their families, gain access to the resources they need to rebuild their lives. Since 2004, the organization has provided millions of dollars in financial aid and support services to over 25,000 wounded heroes and their families. Representing the Coalition in its latest TV PSA campaign “Bet on a Vet” are veteran actor Danny Aiello, actor Ashley Bell who is fresh from starring in “The Marine” and country music legends The Oak Ridge Boys. Danny Aiello and Ashley Bell deliver a timely appeal to businesses and employers to “bet on a vet” by hiring them. It is our goal that this message will encourage more employers to take advantage of the skills and discipline that veterans have developed in service to their country - important qualities they readily bring to the workplace. The Oak Ridge Boys talk about the Coalition’s beneficial programs, and also urge the public to volunteer at a VA Hospital or Medical Facility. The Coalition has initiated several key programs to aid and assist wounded veterans and their families: Emergency Financial Aid helps wounded veterans and their families by covering some of their pressing basic expenses, such as mortgage and rent payments, utility bills, car repairs and insurance. The Heroes Thanking Heroes program offers veterans and their caregivers the chance to earn money by working in a virtual call-center environment. The Road to Recovery Conference and Tribute, serves as a one-stop place for injured veterans and their families to learn about a multitude of services that can aid their transition and speed their healing process. These PSAs are crucial to the CSAH’s efforts to raise awareness among the public about the plight of our nation’s most courageous heroes. Please use these PSAs on your blog or website. Our servicemen and women have sacrificed so much for us, and this is one way to not only honor them, but also remind the public about some of their needs, and to remind employers to “BET ON A VET”.
Everyone enjoys firing up the grill, getting some sun and drifting away on beautiful summer days. But when the sun goes down and the temperature gets a little cooler there an energy that builds in the air. An energy that makes you want to have a good time with your friends and family and enjoy those beautiful summer nights. You may have the guests and the weather but you still need the right refreshments to throw a good summer party. Since the weather is warmed and you feel more relaxed, your drinks, snacks and treats have to match your ambiance to create the perfect party environment. Lifestyle expert and contributor to “The Chew” Evette Ríos shares her entertaining tips to make sure your mid summer nights party will stay hot all night long: Summer is all about the great outdoors so I like to host parties outside-on a roof top, deck, patio, pool, park, anywhere you can enjoy those beautiful summer nights with your friends. You want to make sure you set the mood with candles or tea lights, freshly cut flowers or plants, and of course music that makes you think of summer like the Beach Boys or even sounds of crashing waves.
ST. PAUL, Minn., June 20, 2013 – With warmer weather upon us, millions of American DIYers will be dusting off their lawn mowers to get their lawns and gardens looking lush and beautiful. According to a new survey by 3M TEKK Protection Brand and the National Safety Council*, many may not be aware of the dangers that are lurking each time they rev up those small engines. In fact, more than one in three DIYers (39 percent) report injuries from using a lawn mower with eye and ear injuries topping the list. Yet while 45 percent say they are concerned about getting injured, 57 percent never wear ear protection and 43 percent never protect their eyes. “Smart preparation can make all the difference when you’re taking on outdoor projects this season,” said Manfredini, host of HouseSmarts TV and home improvement contributor on NBC’s The Today Show. “Whether you’re doing routine tasks like mowing the lawn or spreading fertilizer, it’s important to protect yourself with the proper safety gear.” Manfredini provides these tips to help keep outdoor DIYers safe and protected this lawn and garden season.
MODESTO, Calif. (June 1, 2013) – Barefoot Wine & Bubbly proudly announces the seventh year of its Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project, a partnership with the Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Since 2007, the Project has donated $1,000,000 to the Surfrider Foundation and traveled from coast-to-coast, hosting more than 100 cleanup events and removing more than 12 tons of litter and debris in an effort to keep America’s beaches “barefoot friendly.” This summer, the Project will visit 15 beaches and rivers across the country where people can lend a hand – and a foot! – to improve the state of their local shores. Afterward, volunteers will be invited to an appreciation celebration organized by the Surfrider Foundation. In various cities, notable singer/songwriters will return home to perform for volunteers following the cleanup events. These “hometown heroes” include Lee DeWyze, Jacob Jeffries, Eric Hutchinson, Vicci Martinez and Ryan Star. “In the beginning, Barefoot got its ‘footing’ with the support and affinity found in local communities,” said Brie Baltzell from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. “We’re excited to bring these musicians back to cities where they have their roots for a day of service and celebration.”
Interviews with Shape Magazine Editor-At-Large Bahar Takhtehchian If you have been slacking on your resolution to get healthy, there’s still time to firm up and get in shape before summer is in full swing – even if you have a packed schedule or if you’re not a gym person. According to Bahar Takhtehchian, Editor-At-Large of Shape magazine, it’s all about taking that first step so start with small changes and track them. Bahar advocates changing the way we think about our bodies and weight, and focusing on how to feel great and look fabulous from head to toe. Here are some of her simple tips to look your best this summer: As for diet, load up on veggies and lean protein, watch your portions, and drink a lot of water. As for exercise, even if you don’t have time for an hour long workout, shoot for 20 minute brisk walk or do a cardio video- you can even break it up into 15 minute intervals throughout the day. Now if you’re stressing over fitting a workout into your office hours or don’t have time for shower before heading back to the office, make sure you have some must-haves in your gym bag like Secret Clinical Strength Stress Response Antiperspirant Deodorant, which actually fights all three sources of sweat – heat, exercise and the worst smelling cause – stress sweat. Women can actually sweat on average 30 times more when stressed than normal. So that stress you feel everyday when you’re running late – that’s stress sweat, and this deodorant has a proprietary technology called BCDs that traps odor, locks it away, and then replaces the odor with a fresh scent instead of just covering it up with fragrance which can make it smell worse. It’s available at mass retailers for $8 – 10 and you can go to www.Facebook.com/secret for more information.
DEERFIELD, Ill.– More than one-third of Medicare Part D beneficiaries surveyed (37 percent) have daily concerns about their prescription drug costs and 1 in 5 say they’ve had to make sacrifices, such as delaying filling a prescription or skipping doses, to help manage medication costs, according to a new Walgreens survey. The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reports more than 31.5 million people were enrolled in Part D, Medicare’s prescription drug benefit program, in 2012. Despite most beneficiaries (77 percent) surveyed saying they have a clear understanding of their plan benefits, only half realize that co-pays for Part D prescriptions can vary by pharmacy; for instance, some plans feature preferred pharmacy networks that offer lower co-pays. Also, nearly 30 percent don’t know that they can switch pharmacies at any time, believing falsely that it can only be done during Medicare’s Annual Election Period (open enrollment). And nearly 60 percent said if they could change one thing about their Part D plan, it would be lower costs and co-pays.
HGTV Design Expert Carmen De La Paz Reveals How to Use the Latest Looks of The Fashion World To Take Your Home From Drab To Fab! Neutral looks combined with bright colors and vintage-inspired pieces are some of the latest trends to hit the runways this season. But fashion trends are not only for the body, they are also becoming more popular for the home. Instead of searching online and spending big bucks for new items, HGTV Design expert Carmen De La Paz can show you how to rework some of your current home furnishings to make the old feel new again. In interviews on Monday, April 15, Carmen will show how you can be on the cutting edge of home design by easily and inexpensively incorporating the latest trends to your furniture and knick knacks. Topics she discusses include: Infusing unexpected pops of color into otherwise neutral spaces Bringing hot vintage looks to your décor with easy restorations A DIY mother’s day project, with Dad’s help
“What’s for dinner?” It’s often the most dreaded question of the day. Between school, activities, work and life, there are nights where the big dinner decision doesn’t happen until the last possible minute. Fortunately, the answer is probably right in your pantry - Canned Food! Canned foods are not only convenient and budget-friendly, they reduce your cooking time and inspire wholesome and delicious meals your family will love.