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Tag: Medicaid

Second anniversary of Michigan embryonic stem cell research vote

Published: October 4, 2010

On Oct 4-6, Michigan welcomes the World Stem Cell Summit. Honored at the conference are Governor Jennifer Granholm and Alfred Taubman. Dr. Joseph Kincaid of Right to Life responds.

On November 4, 2008, Michigan voters, by a narrow margin, passed Proposal 2. Proposal 2 became an amendment to our Constitution that permitted unused human embryos in our in vitro fertilization clinics to be destroyed and their embryonic stem cells (ESC) used for research. The hopes were that this research would lead to cures for diseases devastating our society such as spinal cord injuries, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinsonism, etc.

United Spinal Association and National Spinal Cord Injury Association Develop Free Guide to Understanding...

Published: June 15, 2010

NEW YORK, June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — United Spinal Association ( and National Spinal Cord Injury Association ( have joined forces to create an informative and clear-cut analysis on the recently enacted healthcare and insurance reforms that explain in detail how they improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Paralyzed harp technician suggests a tune for health-care reform

Published: September 7, 2009

For years, the job of a harp technician has been a coveted position, reserved for an elite, slightly buttoned-up few. Servicing such an instrument that’s so full-bodied requires a deft touch, sharp ear and an affection for the dramatic.

George Flores, 39, is a former heavy metal band singer-guitarist who used to have long hair and an eyebrow piercing. That he became a harp technician — one of about a dozen in the country — in 1998 after years as a hard rocker makes him unique. Even more, this lifelong Chicagoan suffered a 2004 crash that left him a paraplegic, and he continues his labor of love, servicing the 100-pound, 6-foot-tall instruments.

Once a helping hand, now in need of aid

Published: August 11, 2009

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PANAMA CITY — Pictures of Michael Harris and children in wheelchairs, children with cancer and veterans home from Iraq line the walls of his hospital room at Bay Medical Center. They’re memories from the many years when Michael volunteered with Buckmasters and the Way Outfitters, teaching terminally ill and disabled children and adult veterans how to hunt and fish in the Florida Panhandle.

One 8-year-old boy with leukemia whom Michael took out hunting was able to shoot three deer. Another 8-year-old with spina bifida went hunting and fishing with Michael and was able to shoot his first deer. Michael also initiated and coordinated with local EMS employees a campaign to voluntarily mow lawns for the wives of National Guard members serving in Iraq.

Avon Lake grad fights through spinal cord injury

Published: April 20, 2009

Avon Lake High School grad Keith Concar wanted to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, but while volunteering near New Orleans in 2006, he suffered a devastating accident.

Concar, then 27 years old, was attending Kent State University when he decided to travel south with a group of volunteers to stay at the Baptist Church of Slidell, La., just north of New Orleans. With a background in construction, he uses his skills to help people whose homes had been destroyed.

Group protests SRS assistance freeze

Published: January 15, 2009

A small group of protesters, several of whom were seated in wheelchairs, gathered in 30-degree weather outside the Hays office of Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services on Wednesday morning.

The idea was to keep things peaceful. There was no chanting, and no entrances were blocked. Rather, the group hoped to educate the public about a recent waiver freeze implemented by SRS, said organizer Lou Ann Kibbee, Hays.

Medicaid and Medicare: What's it all mean?

Published: June 22, 2008

Jason Lazarus, a financial planner from Orlando, FL, explains the differences between Medicaid and Medicare.

U of L researchers get federal grants for spinal cord research

Published: February 18, 2008

Elizabeth Fust was part of a crowd Monday honoring University of Louisville researchers who won $4.7 million in federal grants. For Fust, the ceremony was more personal, knowing she might someday benefit from the search for new spinal cord injury treatments.

Fust, paralyzed from the waist down since a spinal cord stroke two years ago, said the highly sought grants show cutting-edge research is taking place in her hometown.

“I’m thrilled that I don’t have to go somewhere else in the country … to see this science come to fruition,” the 40-year-old lawyer said in an interview.

Paralyzed Veterans of America’s First Vocational Rehabilitation Center for Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury...

Published: January 24, 2008

263-191bw42RICHMOND, Va. — Paralyzed Veterans of America’s (PVA) first Vocational Employment Counseling Center for veterans with spinal cord injuries (SCI), which opened in July 2007 in partnership with Health Net Federal Services, LLC, the government operations division of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), reports groundbreaking success.

The center was opened to reduce the unemployment rates of veterans with SCI by bridging the gap between this unique veteran population and the resources that can help them to unleash their potential and pursue opportunities for substantive, gainful employment. The center currently provides rehabilitative and vocational rehabilitation services to 74 veterans with SCI, seven of whom are now gainfully employed as a result of the center’s employment placement assistance.

Trauma cases strain hospitals

Published: October 25, 2007

State’s brain, spinal patients can’t find rehab

20071026Spinal cord and brain injury patients routinely are staying at hospitals for weeks after they are ready to go to Rehabilitation, causing trauma centers to run at capacity and ring up costly bills.

Trauma patients are surviving in cases when they might not have a few years ago, and there is a shortage of rehabilitation centers to treat them. The situation ends up affecting everyone who needs medical care.

“If you are trying to get into Vanderbilt and the hospital is completely full, you may not be able to get in here,” said Dr. John A. Morris Jr., director of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s division of trauma and surgical critical care. “If we could solve this problem, we estimate that we would save 3,000 to 4,000 bed days each year.”