Blue Shield Loses Tax-Exempt Status in California, Leading Insurance Law Expert, Lisa S. Kantor Offers Insight on This Decision


Northridge, CA (PRWEB) March 26, 2015

In August 2014, the State of California changed the status of Blue Shield from a tax exempt entity (status the company held since 1939) and now state officials have ordered the Company to file tax returns back to 2013.

Just last week, the Los Angeles Times reported that the California Franchise Tax Board revoked the company’s exemption for state income taxes in August after an audit. (Los Angeles Times, With billions in the bank, Blue Shield of California loses its state tax-exempt status, March 18, 2015)

Lisa Kantor, leading disability and insurance lawyer in California supports this decision: This is a bold and necessary step in seeing that loopholes are closed for insurers like Blue Shield. This is timely and important, as these insurance companies shouldnt be exempt from paying taxes when pulling in enormous profits.

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones posted his thoughts on the matter stating, The Franchise Tax Board decision to terminate Blue Shields tax-exempt status confirms what I have said for years that Blue Shield charges excessive rates and acts like a for-profit health insurer. Blue Shield is also dodging the payment of premium taxes, by taking advantage of a legal loophole that allows Blue Shield to move its health insurance products from Department of Insurance regulation to Department of Managed Health Care regulation.

Jones continued, Currently, the Blue Shield loophole costs the state $ 100 million in premium taxes annually. As a tax-exempt company with surplus of $ 4.2 billion Blue Shield was able to accumulate an enormous amount of money on which it did not pay state taxes by evading the tax on the premiums it collects. Read Full Statement.

Kantor says, The insurer looks to be making changes now that the spotlight is shining brightly in their direction. Yesterday when The Los Angeles Times disclosed that Blue Shield is purchasing Care1st, I think this acquisition may prove to be a win since Care1st primarily serves Medicaid managed-care patients. Those patients are usually the poorest in the state and maybe this union of the two will provide better services and care for the needy. (Los Angeles Times, Blue Shield spends $ 1.25 billion on Care1st deal, records show, March 24, 2015)

While this looks like a win for the California taxpayer, advocates for the insured, like those at Kantor and Kantor, are going to pay close attention to developments and make changes on our end too, so we can best serve our clients in response to these changes. The shift from tax-exempt status to tax-paying status should be a win for the state and for claimants, says Kantor.

Lisa Kantor is available for interviews, contact Phoebe Nolan.







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Women at Higher Risk than Men for Most Eye Diseases, Yet One in Four Has Not Had an Eye Exam in Last Two Years


CHICAGO (PRWEB) March 24, 2015

According to the recent Prevent Blindness study, The Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems, women make up the majority of the 4.4 million Americans age 40 and older who are visually impaired or blind. More women than men have age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. These numbers will only continue to increase in the years to come.

Although there are no cures for these diseases, many of the effects may be lessened through early detection and treatment. A recent online survey on behalf of Prevent Blindness found, however, that one in four women had not received an eye exam in the past two years. Cost was cited as the number one reason for both those who did and did not have vision insurance. Other reasons cited were transportation issues and simply being too busy to make an appointment.

The recent survey results are alarming combined with the results from the Prevent Blindness survey conducted last year by Harris Poll which found that:

New Business Partnership Brings Better Access to Dental Care for the Uninsured


Albany, Or (PRWEB) March 19, 2015

The Productive Dentist Academy is a dental consulting company that boasts the tagline Doing good while doing good. Their mission is to help dental practices across the country realize their full productivity potential. At a recent Productive Dentist Academy seminar a new partner, Compass Dentist, was welcomed into the fold.

Compass Dentist is an in-office membership program that can stand in for, or replace traditional dental insurance. For a monthly payment, any patient can get preventive dental services and discounted restorative or cosmetic procedures from their dentist. There is no need for third party payer approval of procedures; decisions are made between the doctor and patient.

“Adding a membership plan to your patient offerings is a great way to increase loyalty and boost revenues. Its a great service for the patient.” states McManus, CEO of Productive Dentist Academy.

A Compass membership provides services like dental cleanings, exams, x-rays, emergency exams, and discounts on restorative and cosmetic procedures if a patient chooses, without need for third party payer involvement. At the same time, Compass plans provide the dental practice with a simple option for reaching the growing number of uninsured patients in their communities, while also providing preventive care to those patients that would not otherwise get it.

Partnering with the PDA is an honor. Their reputation as practice productivity mentors and die-hard commitment to their clients is well known within the dental industry. Compass Dentist Wellness Membership Plans and the PDAs leadership and business coaching is a win-win for both practices and patients. says Bob Bowers, COO of Compass Dentist.

Research from the Department of Health and Human Services shows a staggering 85.9% of Affordable Care Act enrollees are opting out of dental coverage. The number of insured patients decreased from 60% in 2003 to 53% in 2011. Dental disease is the number-one disease in the Nation, yet based on the reduced number of enrollees it seems there is a lack of faith in the third party payer system.

Compass Dentist and the Productive Dentist Academy are looking forward to helping patients achieve wellness. The partnership may also allow dentists to tap into a the market of the uninsured or underinsured, increasing their productivity.

For more information on The Productive Dentist Academy visit: http://productivedentist.com/

For more information on Compass Wellness Membership Plans, visit: http://www.compassdentist.com/







Online Auto Insurance Quotes – Pros And Cons Of Comparing Online Rates


(PRWEB) March 18, 2015

Insurancecarsinsurance.com has released a new blog post presenting the pros and cons of comparing online auto insurance quotes.

Comparing auto insurance quotes is mostly advantageous, but there may be some downsides to the whole process. One obvious disadvantage is the lack of human interaction, which can make some drivers feel uncomfortable. The newly released blog post presents the pros and cons of auto insurance quotes.

In order to compare free online car insurance quotes, clients have to visit http://insurancecarsinsurance.com/ and enter their ZIP code and then complete a simple quote form. The whole process takes only a few minutes and it can bring many benefits.

All drivers are required to have liability coverage. This is the minimum insurance state laws demand for owned cars. Driving without proof of insurance is illegal and dangerous.

Insurancecarsinsurance.com is an online provider of life, home, health, and auto insurance quotes. This website is unique because it does not simply stick to one kind of insurance provider, but brings the clients the best deals from many different online insurance carriers. In this way, clients have access to offers from multiple carriers all in one place: this website. On this site, customers have access to quotes for insurance plans from various agencies, such as local or nationwide agencies, brand names insurance companies, etc.

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Onlinecarinsuranceinfo.com Has Been Updated With New Auto Insurance Quotes!


(PRWEB) March 07, 2015

Onlinecarinsuranceinfo.com has been updated with new auto insurance quotes for limited and new auto insurance offers that are issued this Spring.

Spring can be great for finding low cost car insurance plans. Clients should always review their options by comparing multiple auto insurance policies. This can now be done online and on a single website: http://onlinecarinsuranceinfo.com/.

The website has been updated with new and advantageous auto insurance quotes that can help clients keep track with the latest car insurance news. Finding low cost coverage is no longer difficult.

Price comparison is also free and the process of getting quotes can be very simple. Drivers only need to complete a single quote form with information about their vehicle and the search engine will select appropriate plans from nearby agencies.

Onlinecarinsuranceinfo.com is an online provider of life, home, health, and auto insurance quotes. This website is unique because it does not simply stick to one kind of insurance provider, but brings the clients the best deals from many different online insurance carriers. In this way, clients have access to offers from multiple carriers all in one place: this website. On this site, customers have access to quotes for insurance plans from various agencies, such as local or nationwide agencies, brand names insurance companies, etc.

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New Auto Insurance Quotes Available On Lowcostcarinsuranceprice.com!


(PRWEB) March 11, 2015

Lowcostcarinsuranceprice.com announces that it offers new car insurance quotes for policies that have been recently released.

The insurance brokerage website has been updated with a list of auto insurance quotes that offer information about newly issued policies. Comparing various car insurance quotes can help drivers find affordable coverage.

It is now possible to find the best coverage for a vehicle by visiting an insurance brokerage website like http://lowcostcarinsuranceprice.com/. The quotes are displayed on a single web page, making the whole process safe and convenient.

In order to have access to the best car insurance rates, clients must complete a single quote form with information about their cars. The information helps the search engine gather affordable car insurance plans that are appropriate for each customer.

Lowcostcarinsuranceprice.com is an online provider of life, home, health, and auto insurance quotes. This website is unique because it does not simply stick to one kind of insurance provider, but brings the clients the best deals from many different online insurance carriers. In this way, clients have access to offers from multiple carriers all in one place: this website. On this site, customers have access to quotes for insurance plans from various agencies, such as local or nationwide agencies, brand names insurance companies, etc.

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Auto Insurance Quotes For Drivers Who Have Diabetes!


(PRWEB) March 07, 2015

Carinsuranceplan.org has released a new blog post explaining how to find online auto insurance quotes for drivers who have diabetes.

Diabetes is not a health problem that has an impact on someones driving abilities. However, diabetic drivers who undergo treatment may have to respect certain driving restrictions. It is not wholly clear if diabetes influences auto insurance premiums. `

Online auto insurance quotes help drivers find affordable coverage fast and without effort. An insurance brokerage website like http://carinsuranceplan.org/ provides all the necessary resources for comparing rates from top agencies. The quotes are selected only from reliable agencies and only by a professional search engine.

Carinsuranceplan.org is an online provider of life, home, health, and auto insurance quotes. This website is unique because it does not simply stick to one kind of insurance provider, but brings the clients the best deals from many different online insurance carriers. In this way, clients have access to offers from multiple carriers all in one place: this website. On this site, customers have access to quotes for insurance plans from various agencies, such as local or nationwide agencies, brand names insurance companies, etc.

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Access To Care: WWAV & LSU Health Sciences

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the leading cause of cervical cancer; in the United States alone, the incidence of an HPV infection in women between the ages of 18-22 is 50%. These statistics by themselves are enough to cause alarm. Now consider the factors involved in a women going to an OB/GYN clinic to be screened for the virus; consider the need to take off work, how she will commute to tImagehe clinic, the amount of waiting involved once she’s finally there, and what about child care? For these reasons, Women With A Vision has paired with LSU Health Sciences in a study focusing on the usability of a home-test kit for HPV.

Outreach worker Zina Mitchell has lead the group in recruiting community participation as well as teaching current WWAV interns the most effective way of reaching individuals. The neighborhoods specified by the study are Treme, Holly Grove, and Central City. Beginning outreach during the first week in October, we have distributed over 120 flyers to individuals in grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, and to those walking down sidewalks. General reactions have been inquisitive and friendly, asking more about what we’re doing and who we are. Conversations have allowed us to explain further the reason women need to be screened for HPV, regardless if they choose to do so through this study opportunity.

Recruiting participants has proved to be an interesting endeavor; learning how best to explain the risks involved in contracting HPV as well as why learning one’s own status could lead to preventing cervical cancer. The procedure of the study randomly assigns individuals to either a clinic visit or to use a home-testing kit. Among other forms required by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), we then present the individual with a questionnaire to verify eligibility (only those between the ages of 21-64 qualify) and a pre-test that will later be compared to the post-test. For those who are assigned to the clinic, WWAV provides either bus or street car tokens or a gas card—depending on the need of the client—and then we schedule an appointment.

For those assigned to the home-testing kit, the process is a bit more involved. We have pre-made kits for the women, including instructions on how to do the test. She then inserts the provided tampon for 2 hours, removes it and places it in the given tube and plastic bag, then places the pre-paid box in the mail, destination LSU Health Sciences.

Although we are in the beginning stages of this project, we anticipate a positive response from the communities participating. The mentality behind this study, the convenience and accessibility of testing for HPV at home, explains our involvement and support of the project. The clients that we work and interact with could only benefit from an easy method allowing them to determine their own HPV status when considering the many obstacles involved in preventing them from accessing services at an OB/GYN clinic; money, child care, and transportation being just a few of the deterrents.

Limited access to care especially in the realm of health services is a known reality for the individuals and families we serve. The idea of being able to assess one’s own health status at home opens a world of possibilities and allows for the individual to reclaim his or her own power; the power of autonomy. Removing stigma as it relates to health care opens the door to myriad opportunities for individuals to protect their own bodies from disease and to manage a life-style that will lead them to a long and happy life. At-home testing for HPV will do just that.

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Crimes Against Nature by Solicitation Conviction? You may no longer have to register as a sex offender

 

 

 

Do you or someone you know have a Crimes Against Nature by solicitation conviction? The law has changed and you may no longer be required to register as a sex offender.

WWAV and Orleans Public Defenders are hosting 3 upcoming information sessions on how individuals can file a Motion in court to get off of the sex offender registry permanently.

 

  • Monday, Oct 8: 11am, 7th Ward Neighborhood Center, 1910 Urquhart Street
  • Monday, Oct 15: 6pm, 7th Ward Neighborhood Center, 1910 Urquhart Street
  • Thursday, Oct 25: 11am, 2601 Tulane Ave, 6th Floor, OPD Conference Room

 

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WWAV presents our new Micro-Enterprise program!

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A Call to Action: Global Sex Workers Recommend Policy Change for Better HIV Prevention and Treatment

Women With A Vision’s Executive Director, Deon Haywood, joined sex worker advocates from around the World to discuss a universal problem; policies and legislation that discriminate and criminalize sex workers. The panelist explained the faults of these policies and offered recommendations for change. The panel represented regions of Africa, Latin America, the Carribean, United States and Western Europe. Check out other amazing panels in the International Aids Conference at http://globalhealth.kff.org/AIDS2012.

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The Personal is Political

It’s been a little over a year since I became involved in Women With A Vision. And as anyone who has ever worked with us knows, that means I’ve been tasked with anything and everything. I’ve created outreach materials, helped clients complete Medicaid applications, provided clean syringes to injection drug users. But of all activities I’ve taken part in during my time at Women With A Vision, our story circles stand out.

Twice a month WWAV hosts story circles—a community-based storytelling session. Our staff, interns and participants gather around in a circle to tell stories, share our lived experiences, and find a collective voice. WWAV’s participants are overwhelmingly low-income women and transgender women of color, a number of whom are involved in the street-based economies. Story circles thus achieve the important task of centering the voices of people who are too often made invisible in our society. They not only engender a sense of community and awareness, but they also promote healing and collective action.

Timid and a little quirky, afraid that I wouldn’t gain the acceptance of our participants, I did very little talking in the first few story circles. I had come to WWAV as a student intern from University of New Orleans. And while my coursework in the sociology of gender had impassioned me, serving as the impetus for my politicization as a young Latina woman living in the South, there was also a gap between what I had been taught in the classroom and what I was now learning in our story circles. My courses at school had given me a theoretical understanding of the ways in which systems of race, gender, class, and sexuality intersect to create social inequality. But story circles lent a face and a voice to the people who live under the pressure of those inequalities. I admire our participants’ resilience, and I admire the generosity with which they shared their lives with me.

Eventually, my timidity washed away, allowing me reciprocate the same generosity our participants had shown me in sharing their stories. As I developed relationships with our participants, they came to call me ‘White Chocolate.’ Not only is this a delicious nickname, but I felt it validated my place in WWAV. That nickname is a reminder of my personal trajectory at WWAV—from a reserved to a more confident person with a deep social justice commitment.

Perhaps that’s why I so vividly remember my incredulous reaction when I got Deon’s message that “our office was torched.” Torched? As a non-native English speaker, I had initially thought: perhaps there is another definition of the word “torched” that eludes me. Because “torched” certainly couldn’t mean that our office had been set on fire. My denial was quickly punctured as our photos and videos began to circulate on the web.

In the month since fire, all of us have experienced many ups and downs. WWAV has not only been a safe haven, but it has also been a place of growth for all us. The violence of this attack is an ever-present reminder that the personal is indeed political. As we continue our rebuilding process, this awareness is what keeps all of us going. Someone tried to stamp us out by destroying the materials we use to do our work, but our work—our vision—goes so much deeper than that. It is inside all of us who are part of the WWAV family. That’s something that can’t be burned down.

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We Know Where We’ll Be On July 4th!

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WWAV First Update Video!

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