Happy July! Can you believe we are already halfway through the year? July marks America’s independence and is full of fireworks and hot temperatures. Rising temps go hand-in-hand with the sun’s potent and potentially damaging rays. Although July is home to a smaller number of health observances as noted below, the one that sticks out in my mind is UV Safety. Did someone say sunscreen?
- Hemochromatosis Awareness Month
- International Group B Strep Awareness Month
- Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
- UV Safety Month
Continue reading Cover Up for UV Safety Month!
I entered the insurance world from a background of sales and customer service with limited knowledge about health insurance. I knew I had health insurance, I knew I needed health insurance, but I knew very little about the intricacies of employer offered health and wellness benefits. Entering this world was daunting, but as a self-proclaimed life-long-learner, I was up for the challenge! Teachers and peers can be a wealth of knowledge, but self-education is equally important. I am an analytical, detail-oriented and socially conscious person, so I knew it was time to do my research. Continue reading Taking Responsibility for Your Health Insurance Selections
If you clicked on this blog, chances are you either love Microsoft Excel, work in a risk based environment (such as insurance) or are just so confused by the title you thought you would explore the article for further insight. In any case, we’ll start with: what is an “embedded if statement?” Well for starters, it is one of the most confusing Excel formulas out there. These formulas are often avoided due to their complexity and messiness, but what people don’t understand, is how much “embedded if statements” represent real life. Have you ever laid in bed at night thinking: “Did I lock the front door? What if I didn’t lock the front door? What if a robber comes to my front door and is able to open it? What if they steal my TV? What if I can’t afford to buy a new TV? Would insurance cover this claim? Did I pay the cable bill? Why can’t I fall asleep?”… Now that you’re thoroughly stressed out, consider this: think about a world where the future doesn’t depend on the past or a situation where there is effect without cause…kind of impossible, no? For example, would you still have a headache right now if you didn’t start reading this blog? The point is that the world is made of a gazillion “if statements,” each one building on the next to come up with a specific outcome. Sometimes the outcome is carefully executed by a tightly organized plan and sometimes it is more random, but nonetheless there is a cause and there is an effect. If you Google the term “embedded if statements” you will see a lot of references to the word “nested.” The idea that multiple conditions setup within each other creates an outcome, or in the Excel reference, an answer! Continue reading Are Embedded If Statements Keeping You Up at Night?
[Spoiler Alert] In The X-Files TV series, Agents Mulder and Scully give their son up for adoption to protect him from a government conspiracy involving alien technology. While I can safely say most parents don’t have to face such perils, they would do anything possible to ensure the health and well-being of their children. Two years ago, my first child was unexpectedly born pre-term at 35 weeks. Now pregnant with my second child, I am considered a “higher risk” pregnancy because of my history and my doctors have recommended I take certain measures to help my baby go full-term. Continue reading Take Charge of Your Health