The Ministry of Lisa Copen

Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

Articles Online of Interest

Millions of Working Americans Have Chronic Diseases But Are Uninsured

A study recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that millions of working-age persons in the United States who suffer from chronic health conditions do not have insurance coverage and have poorer access to medical care as compared to their insured counterparts.
> Natural News

Congress Takes Action on Mental-Health Parity Bill

Families dealing with a loved one's mental health problem (that means just about every American family, since 1 in 4 people has a diagnosable mental disorder) got one step closer to getting help with the high cost of treatment, thanks to congressional action on a long-stalled mental health parity law. It has been a long time coming. The bill, in the works for 10 years, is designed to eliminate loopholes in federal law that let insurers provide less coverage for mental illness than for physical illness. > U.S. News

Flu Shot Season Begins with Ample Supply Coming

This year promises an ample vaccine supply: 143 million to 146 million doses, more than ever before manufactured. Anyone who has a chronic illness such as asthma or heart disease, or a weak immune system, is in special need of vaccination as well. But the new data shows just over a third of young adults with those conditions, and half of 50- to 64-year-olds, comply. Flu kills about 36,000 Americans a year and leads to about 200,000 hospitalizations. > Associated Press

Get Your Flu Shot When You Vote

A Robert Wood Johnson-funded program called Vote & Vax will offer vaccine at numerous polling places on Election Day. Voting isn't required, and the vaccine provider is supposed to charge the same price it would any other day, at any other location. The idea: The convenience of avoiding an extra stop might encourage more people to get vaccinated. > Vote and Vax

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