Shutdown doesn’t deter Affordable Care Act

It’s a crazy time as Americans shop for health care insurance

By FINN M. BULLERS
Freelance Writer

Scanning the Infosphere after a crazy day on Capitol Hill to seek some health care clarity, I came away with a few thoughts on the first day of shopping for federally subsidized health care plans.

1. It’s smart to start shopping now, but wait awhile to push the “buy” button. There are still details to be worked out and information to be gathered.

2. Residents of states that opted out of the federal health exchange will have a more difficult time gathering information, but if they are persistent they can find it.

3. The devil is in the details. What results in lower health care costs for  one family on the neighborhood cul de sac may result in higher costs for another. Continue reading

Shutdown doesn’t deter Affordable Care Act

It’s a crazy time as Americans shop for health care insurance

By FINN M. BULLERS

Scanning the Infosphere after a crazy day on Capitol Hill to seek some health care clarity, I came away with a few thoughts on the first day of shopping for federally subsidized health care plans.

1. It’s smart to start shopping now, but wait awhile to push the “buy” button. There are still details to be worked out and information to be gathered.

2. Residents of states that opted out of the federal health exchange will have a more difficult time gathering information, but if they are persistent they can find it.

3. The devil is in the details. What results in lower health care costs for  one family on the neighborhood cul de sac may result in higher costs for another.

Let’s scan the Internet for perspective, guidance and maybe even a few gold nuggets of information to make our shopping less painful. Continue reading

Chartrand…

The Kardashians, one Sonic and Obamacare

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

Americans are sick and tired of hearing about “ObamaCare” and mandatory health insurance. We hate hearing or even thinking about health insurance. We hate it almost as much as we hate reading about Hollywood’s Kardashian family.

No one hates hearing about health insurance more than those Americans — an estimated 60 million — who have little or no access to hospitals, doctors or prescription drugs.  I found the statistics on CNN.com while trying not to read about Kim Kardashian’s placenta. You can look it up.

Health insurance is of little comfort to those whose communities have few doctors and no hospitals. These include the rural poor, the homebound elderly, and low-income males who don’t qualify for Medicaid unless they are pregnant.  What good is insurance for psychiatric care if your community has one Sonic Drive-in, 13 dry cleaners, and 895 churches but no inpatient or outpatient mental health facilities. Continue reading

Technology for Teachers offers low cost resources

John Kuglin

John Kuglin

Area educators have a unique opportunity to learn how to maximize free technology resources to supplement their classrooms at MNU’s Technology Conference for educators June 11 and 12 on the MNU Olathe campus. Consultant and 35-year veteran educator John Kuglin will present iEducator Teaching Today at the two-day event. Kuglin’s goal is to help professionals understand and navigate the road to successful teaching today.

Kuglin says in today’s educational environment of shrinking budgets “Cloud or web-based assets are ‘game changers’ and are available to all educators regardless of position, location or district, many times for no cost!  It is important for all educators to learn how to maximize their potential for using cloud resources in their districts and/or teaching practices.”

Participants will also learn strategies to help them use technology for instruction and assessment. Continue reading

Explosions at Boston Marathon; two dead, dozens reported injured

Boston Police react to the explosion at the Boston Marathon. Photo from Boston Globe website

Boston Police react to the explosion at the Boston Marathon. Photo from Boston Globe website

According to news reports, two people have been confirmed killed and dozens of people have been seriously injured after two reported explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The Boston Globe cited witnesses who reported hearing two large explosions shortly before 2 p.m. CT. The Associated Press reported at least one of the explosions came near the entrance of the Fairmont Copley Hotel.

ABC News has live stream coverage of the event — click here.

KMBC snubs Oscar finale

KMBC CRITICIZED FOR DROPPING CLOSING OSCAR SONG

JohnLandsberg
www.bottomline.com
Feb. 25, 2013

Did you know that Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and Kristen Chenoweth closed down the 2013 Oscar telecast with a special song dedicated to the Oscar losers?Not if you were watching KMBC. Continue reading

Checking the facts

Don’t you jut love politics, especially when candidates appear on the same stage for a debate and toss out accusations against each other?

President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney both seem to be adhering to the adage that if you keep saying untruths long enough, well, then they’ll become true at least in the minds of voters.

During the final presidential debate Monday night, Oct. 22, both candidates stretched the truth on several issues and each came up with their own “whopper.”

Click on the following links to read how various fact-checkers viewed Monday night’s debate. Continue reading

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