Panel discussion: “The Intersection of Religion and Health Care”

This Sunday there will be a panel discussion titled “The Intersection of Religion and Health Care” at Spertus Institute in Chicago. Some info from the website:

When we need to grapple with significant health issues, what shapes our focus and direction? How do we find comfort for ourselves? How can we be most helpful to the sick? How do we navigate the spiritual needs of family members while making the right medical decisions for ailing loved ones? What role does religion play in our answers to these questions? What roles do doctors and other medical caregivers play? Join Dr. James A. Tulsky, Rabbi Amy Eilberg, and Rabbi Dr. Eleanor Smith as they present their perspectives on how science and faith interact when we face challenging medical circumstances.

It should be pretty interesting. Sunday, June 26th, 2pm. 610 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL. $18 for general public and $8 for students.

To visit Spertus’ website for more information, click here.

July 1 = new insurance! for some…

Starting July 1st, many “high-risk”, uninsured individuals will be able to apply for insurance through the government – either their state government if it chose to do its own thing or through the federal government if their state chose to not implement the programs on its own.  However, only those individuals with pre-existing conditions who have not had insurance for the past 6 months will be able to apply.  This legislation is a good start to help those of us who are as of now “uninsurable,” but this measure still leaves out many that need care now.  Who can wait 6 months?

To read yesterday’s article from the New York times, click here.

To see a map that the National Association of Insurance Comissioners made to show how each state is participating, click here.