Ohio again leads U.S. in insurance claims for metal thefts | The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio is again No. 1 in the country in insurance claims for the theft of cooper and other metals. But initiatives to crack down on such thefts in the state might be paying off.

Source: Ohio again leads U.S. in insurance claims for metal thefts | The Columbus Dispatch

Remembering my mother, Virginia (Zagorsky) Limes

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A colorized version of a 1940s era photograph of my mother enjoying a fishing vacation with my father, Harry Limes, at Thunder Bay, Michigan.  

Both of my parents enjoyed fresh water fishing; mostly on Lake Erie, but also on vacations at other Great Lakes spots like Thunder Bay, Alpena, Michigan.  

My mother was always up for an adventure, and she became not only a wife, but my father’s best fishing buddy!  

Being called “Deplorable” or “Irredeemable” is one thing –But being deemed to be Uninsurable, that is quite another

During the U.S. Presidential election we just experienced, we read and heard the words “deplorable” and “irredeemable” that were used to try to put certain people who supported a certain candidate into a separate category.    

However, there is another word that comes to mind that we haven’t heard or read about in a while that held a category all of its own that no one would want to be included in if they could help it — “Uninsurable” — meaning not eligible to be insured.  

For reasons such as having sinusitis, consulting for a surgery they did not have, or taking an expensive medication, in other words for having non-life threatening health conditions, people were being denied enrollment in health insurance plans in the private market.  They were left with no choice but to become uninsured.

The reason for putting the term “uninsurable” out to pasture, sort to speak, is that the Affordable Care Act (originally named the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act  which was signed into law on March 23, 2010, and was fully implemented on January 1, 2014 when the marketplace exchanges began) made being an uninsurable person obsolete.  

Healthcare.gov  is in place and offers health insurance plan choices so people no longer have to face being an  Uninsurable Person — a truly deplorable category that was a reality for some people who had pre-existing health conditions that precluded their obtaining any health insurance in the private market.

On the news tonight it was reported that over 20 million people are now enrolled in “Obamacare”  — yes “Obamacare” is the Affordable Care Act!  Believe it or not there are some people who still do not understand that they really are one in the same. 

So, please, lets close out 2016 by not being deplorable!  Lets not stand in the way of those who would become uninsurable otherwise without the ACA being in effect in 2017 and beyond.  

Surely in 21st Century America it shouldn’t have to be that if you lose your job, you could lose your health insurance if you are deemed to be an uninsurable person.

 

 

Still Researching for More Hope for Tarlov Cyst Pain Relief

More hope for Tarlov Cyst Pain Relief is quite slow in coming; especially for those of us who live in areas like I do (NE Ohio) where there are no neurosurgeons or other doctors who can offer meaningful effective help, either through surgical means or medication for Tarlov Cyst Disease to cope before surgery.

Sharing below some results of my research.

A New Drug for Alzheimers and Chronic Pain

NeuroTherapia

My reply from the Cleveland Clinic Doctors, Joseph Foss and Mohamed Naguib, regarding their research for a new drug for Alzeheimers and Chronic Pain.

I am sharing my response from these two doctors that was sent to me on October 18, 2016 after writing to them about their research and explaining my situation being a symptomatic patient with Tarlov Cyst Disease; a patient symptomatic with pain.

While I am pleased to receive their reply, I am disheartened to learn that the doctors apparently have not studied Tarlov Cysts that were first discovered by Doctor Tarlov in 1938. :

Dear Ms. Ellis,

 “Thank you for your inquiry.  I am not familiar with Tarlov Cysts, though you have motivated me to look into them a bit more.
At this time we are still in safety testing which will take about a year. Once this is complete we will be starting research trials to look at whether the drug can safely be used for treatment. We anticipate these trials will be available at multiple sites around the country and that there will be different trials for specific problems like pain or dementia.
Please follow the news on our website http://www.neurotherapia.com where we will report our progress. We plan on adding an email notification system in the future and you will be able to sign up for updates at that time.”
Regards,
Joseph Foss, M.D.
Mohamed Naguib, M.D.
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Earlier this year I contacted the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), and they did send me a nice lengthy response, however, when you boil it all down their last paragraph summed up the situation that still exists for me and others living in Ohio.:
“We are sorry we were not able to find a specialist in your area, but we hope the provided information and resources are helpful. We strongly recommend you discuss this information and your concerns with your doctor, specialist or other trusted medical professional.”
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So, this is a stay-tuned situation for those of trying different medications and even herbs and essential oils for some sort of pain relief in order to lead at least half-way normal lives.  Feeling at this point that a normal life; one that existed before these Tarlov cyst monsters took over, will never happen again unless more real hope comes and comes soon.