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The Obama administration moved forward today to implement provisions in the health care law that would make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. The provisions of the Affordable Care Act also would make it easier for consumers to compare health plans, and employers to promote and encourage employee wellness.

"The Affordable Care Act is building a health insurance market that works for consumers," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "Thanks to the health care law, no one will be discriminated against because of a pre-existing condition."

TRPOpening1The American Red Cross South Florida Region officially opened its first Transition and Reintegration (TRP) office today under the Community Blueprint project, where it will offer essential assessment and case management services for veterans returning home to South Florida to help them re-acclimate to civilian life.

The Community Blueprint project is a nationwide program designed to address the most common challenges facing veterans, returning service members and their families by transforming goodwill into service. The American Red Cross serves as an advisor to the project.

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  • Make ovens a “Kid Free Zone”
  • Keep pot handles toward the back burners to reduce risk of knocking pots over.

Last year’s flu season was so mild that this year many local families are ignoring warnings to get a flu shot. That’s why local doctors, along with the Centers for Disease Control, are on a crusade to get families vaccinated against the flu to prevent a flu outbreak.

“The one thing predictable about flu season is that it’s unpredictable,” says Dr. Scott Burger, Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Doctors Express, the nation’s first urgent care franchise with a center in our area. “Last season was the mildest on record and in 2009 we saw a pandemic. That’s why we’re urging everyone to be proactive this year. We don’t want another wave of the flu sweeping the nation.”