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Top 5 Lessons Learned for Covered California’s Second Enrollment

Top 5 Lessons Learned for Covered CA’s 2nd Enrollment

We are on the eve of Covered CA’s 2nd open enrollment period, consumers be ready. Here is a list of the top 5 lessons learned from the first open enrollment period that will help those that need to buy health insurance during the 2nd open enrollment:covered-ca-head-banging-guy

No. 1) Use an agent. You will need one.

I realize that sounds like a shameless plug, but the facts from Covered CA’s first enrollment strongly back up the value of certified agents, so much so that Covered CA is redoing its marketing plan to notify consumers of agents available in their area, via storefront, internet or telephone.

Child Only Medical Insurance Plans

Author: Kelley Filice Jensen

The concept of buying your child his own medical insurance seems odd and unnecessary, but often times this odd concept can save your family a lot of money, and provide your child with excellent health insurance.  Why?  If your health insurance is through your employer and your employer pays 100% of your health insurance, but pays 0% of your family and dependents, then you pay the cost of including your child on the company’s group health insurance plan.  The rates charged to groups are much higher and can leave you paying more than double an individual policy.

April 2, 2012 “Light It Up Blue” For Autism

Author: Lisa “Luna” DeCurtis, M.A., CCC-SLP

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April is Autism Awareness Month, a time to come together, remember those affected, and raise money and awareness for this disorder that hurts so many.   Join Autism Speaks http://www.autismspeaks.org/ in celebrating World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and Light It Up Blue http://www.lightitupblue.org/Markslist/home.do to help shine a light on autism. Whether it’s your front porch or local city hall, an office party or a banquet, the whole world is going blue to increase awareness about autism.

April 2, 2012 “Light It Up Blue” with Filice Insurance

My name is Ron Filice and my company, Filice Insurance, along with my sister company, www.eIndividualhealth.com are giving our full support to Autism Awareness Month this April.  I have been personally affected by autism, my 12 year old nephew struggles with the disorder.  I continue to be amazed by both his struggles and his progress.  I know that there is a brilliant mind and soul behind every person struggling with autism, I know that the world will be a better place if their unique talents are able to contribute to society, and I know that with continued research, support, therapy and services we get better help for these special people, and ultimately, a cure.  Join us this April, and April 2nd for World Autism Day, a time to light it up blue in support and solidarity.

Teaching Children with Autism to Talk, Part 3: Inferencing Through Language Activities

Author: Lisa “Luna” DeCurtis, M.A., CCC-SLP

http://morning2moon.com/

This is the third part of the series focusing on inferencing, especially for children with Autism. To review, in Part 1, I spoke about tuning into all of the sounds in the environment and inferring where they’re from and what they mean. In Part 2, I spoke about inferring facial expressions and body language before pairing it with any meaningful language so that the child can interpret the emotion before he or she has to process the language. In part 3, we will be building inferencing by integrating expressive language for the child to infer what a speaker means by moving from concrete to more abstract language and by using indirect language, such as indirect commands for the child to tune into, understand, and act upon. How to pay for speech therapy? Get health insurance for children now.

Teaching Children with Autism to Talk, Part 2: Non-verbal Communication

Author: Lisa “Luna” DeCurtis, M.A., CCC-SLP

http://morning2moon.com/

Speech and language deficits are often the first sign of autism.  Some people with autism never learn to speak, or speak only in rote phrases that they have hear thousands of times.  Understandably, this inability to communicate causes panic and alarm, and parents are anxious for speech therapists to teach their autistic child words.  But, speech and language begins well before words come out.  Before anyone can learn to speak, they must master non-verbal communication and inferencing.  In part 1, we used the acronym HAWK to describe the need to listen to and identify noises. In part 2, we are addressing the importance of body language in inferencing and interpreting speech.

Teaching Children with Autism to Talk, Part 1: HAWK

Author: Lisa “Luna” DeCurtis, M.A., CCC-SLP

http://morning2moon.com/

Speech and language deficits are often the first sign of autism.  Some people with autism never learn to speak, or speak only in rote phrases that they have hear thousands of times.  Understandably, this inability to communicate causes panic and alarm, and parents are anxious for speech therapists to teach their autistic child words.  But, speech and language begins well before words come out.  Before anyone can learn to speak, they must master non-verbal communication and inferencing.  Using the acronym HAWK, we can describe these necessary building blocks for talking. How to pay for speech therapy? Get health insurance for children now.

When to Refer a Bilingual or Multilingual Child for Speech-Language Therapy

Author: Lisa “Luna” DeCurtis, M.A., CCC-SLP

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Babies born to bilingual households often develop speech and language more slowly than children born to households speaking only one language.  Usually, this delay is natural, no cause for concern and the when the child does speak, it is bilingually.  However, there are times when a child’s delay in speech and language development is due to more than just spoken to in two languages.  When is it time to refer a bi or multi lingual child for speech therapy?  How to pay for speech therapy? Get health insurance for children now.

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