The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced new steps to reduce premiums and make it easier for Americans to enroll in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. Premiums for the ederally-administered Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) will drop as much as 40 percent in 18 States, and eligibility standards will be eased in 23 States and the District of Columbia to ensure more Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to affordable health insurance. The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan was created under the Affordable Care Act and serves as a bridge to 2014 when insurers will no longer be allowed to deny coverage to people with any pre-existing condition, like cancer, diabetes, and asthma.
On August 19, 2009 Karen Henderson, Walmart employee store #3397 in Miami Gardens, witnessed a burglary at her store. Karen immediately chased the burglary suspect into the parking lot and retrieved the stolen items. On her way back into the store she collapsed suddenly in the middle of the parking lot. Ms. Henderson had suffered a heart attack. Fortunately, police officer George Yero of Metro Dade Police immediately responded performing both C. P. R. and applying A. E. D. to administer emergency care to the patient. Miami Dade Fire Rescue was dispatched to the site. The rescue team stabilized the patient and transported her to the Aventura Hospital Emergency Department where she was placed on the Arctic Sun Code Ice Machine, a special device that immediately cools the body temperature of a heart attack patient to save brain function.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Each year, nearly a million people in this country will learn they have skin cancer and the risk continues to rise as you get older.  Senior Helpers of Miami, one of the leading in-home providers of senior care, is raising awareness about new FDA guidelines regarding sunscreens, which apply to people of all ages, not just young children and adults. Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun's UV rays in as little as 15 minutes, according to the American Cancer Society, says Yolanda Schon, Care Manager of Senior Helpers of Miami. Most skin cancers appear after the age of 45 and it's never too late to protect yourself from the sun.  We encourage seniors to get some fresh air and exercise to stay active, but their skin is more sensitive than others. Even if they're going outside for a short 15 minute walk, our caregivers are there to help them apply their sunscreen as needed.
Sophia Hameed, a senior at Miami Sr. High and member of the Interact Club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Miami, will be joining 42 Rotary Club members from around the world who will be going to Chandigarh, India to help immunize 161 million children under 5 years of age against polio - a disease that still paralyzes and sometimes kills children in parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Sophia, who was born in India and came to the US when she was nine, traveled with her family to India two years ago. After seeing the great poverty in her native country, she forged a relationship between a Rotary Club in Nagpur, India, the Rotary Club of Miami and the Interact Club at her school.
The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc. has announced that The American Optometric Association (AOA) and Optometry Cares -The AOA Foundation have awarded a grant through their 2011 Healthy Eyes Healthy People (HEHP) Community Grant Program. The grant is made possible by the generous support of Luxottica Group. "We are very grateful for Luxottica's support. Healthy vision is one of the most important tools children need for success in school; when their vision suffers, so does their learning," said Virginia A. Jacko, President & CEO of Miami Lighthouse. The funding will allow Miami Lighthouse to create tri-lingual brochures and educational material about the importance of early intervention and eye examinations for children, targeting parents, school officials and community leaders.