"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes. I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."~Marilyn Monroe

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Until It Happens to You....

The day begins like any other.... morning coffee (or diet coke!) and off to work. You trust your family is safe, Kiddos in school. Husband at his job and you at yours. You are a happy and loving family...not rich...not poor....life is good.

In a blink of an eye a medical test comes back that throws you into the worst roller coaster ride of your life. First the overwhelming fear...what does this all mean....will he die of cancer? Next where do we go to be treated? And finally... and perhaps the most shocking...your supposedly wonderful PPO Insurance will not cover the treatments or drugs you need. And there you are like a deer in headlights...the treatment.. the "special sauce" is there to give you a chance at life and all that is standing in your way is money.

Think about this...think if it was YOUR husband,wife,child or parent. Could you raise over a million dollars in cash in a week? What do you do? From what I understand most people just die. They do not have the time to fight the delays and the denials the insurance companies and so they die.They may not have an advocate and are certainly to weak to fight the battles themselves.

Where is the fine print on the insurance that tells you  that if you have a major illness and they do not deem the care you need to be approved by them then you just are out of luck'! Who created the loophole that divides "standard of care" from "excellence in care..including clinical trials and investigative drugs"?

I am going to be asking these hard questions and am being joined by some pretty impressive folks  that are both Democrats and Republicans...because this is a human rights issue  and not a political hot potato.

I am asking you to think about this before you find yourself in this position one day.

Here is a fact....ONE in every THREE people will be hit with a major catastrophic medical event in their life. In my family I was hit twice with my daughter and a brain tumor and husband with leukemia.  Could you afford 20% of three million dollars? Could you come up with over a million dollars if your insurance denied coverage?

When my dad got cancer decades ago  he died in one month. t
Today they would have been able to keep him alive...but we would not have been able to afford it! So really what good are the advances in medicine if Doctors are restricted from giving patients the care they need?

This is what we are facing. Most people stick their heads in the sand... happy it's not happening to them.I certainly was not an advocate before having my head slammed into this wall). But the fact is...it can and will happen to one of every three people reading this!

What am I asking for? Money? Nope ...I am asking you to join me with nothing more than your voice and your vote to tell Washington that health care needs not to be destroyed but fixed. That's all I need. I will share more in the future about the group we are forming and also where you can sign the petition.

Listen to this interview to learn more! 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

American Health Journal Radio

AHJ Radio MicThe American Health Journal radio was a natural segway from the award winning public television show the American Health Journal. The AHJ show is currently airing nationally on public television stations reaching over 90 million viewers and delivering 74% of the top 100 markets.
The radio show was created with the best of the American Health Journal interviews and are carefully chosen for general viewer interest and the latest of medical innovations. The show is then edited into a 60-minute fully produced radio program by industry professional.
The physicians on the show are among the 6,000 medical interviews in our library featuring the latest medical topics. Each segment talks about the health issues that listeners and their families are dealing with everyday. This program also satisfies those listeners that are eager to hear about the latest innovations presented by noted researchers and Nobel Prize Laureates in medicine.
After 25 years of educational healthcare production, we understand through experience what people want to hear and how to deliver it in a simple to understand format.
For information on content and sponsorship contact Roland Perez at 760-836-0733.
Roland Perez Executive Producer, President
Roland Perez
Executive Producer, President
Roland Perez is a Veteran television producer and director with over 600 television shows to his credit and is listed in “Pioneers in Television.” After graduating from Hollywood High School he attended USC Film School before going to work at NBC nework in Hollywood and Burbank. He also spend 10 years with the Los Angeles Times producing marketing presentations before becoming a broadcast producer. He’s proud to have received over 100 national and international awards for Broadcast Excellence. He currently serves as the Executive Producer for several television shows airing on PBS entitled the “American Health Journal”, “Innovations in Medicine”, “Discoveries in Alternative Medicine” & “Coping.” American Health Journal has reached over 97 million viewers on PBS.
Ralph Squillace
Ralph Squillace
Producer AHJ Radio
For more than twenty years, host and narrator Ralph Squillace has been an on-air personality on Palm Springs, California radio. Ralph has also served as public affairs director for the Marker Broadcasting group, interviewing such notable people as actor Patrick Warburton, Lorna Luft and pianist/philanthropist Bill Marx, adopted son of Harpo Marx. Other work includes being the voice for the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. Professional awards include a “Best of Radio” ADDY Award. He also earned a regional APTRA News Award from the Associated Press.
Barbara Beach Associate Producer
Barbara Beach
Associate Producer
Barbara Beach is an Associate Producer for the American Health Journal and a Senior Producer for Radioactive Broadcasting Network, The Military Appreciation Network and Armed Forces Radio. Barbara was a reporter for The Chicago Tribune and Entertainment Writer for the Los Angeles Daily News before going into Broadcasting in San Diego. Barbara has written 3 books and published more than 5,000 articles in national and international magazines.