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Aetna CEO: Health Insurers Face Extinction:
Single-Payer Health Care Is Coming To America-
Are We Ready?
“The system doesn’t work, it’s broke today ... The end of insurance companies, the way we’ve run the business in the past, is here.”
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You wish to get there? CLICK inside the Boxes!
PORT LUDLOW HEALTH & WELLNESS COMMITTEE
(sponsored by the Port Ludlow Village Council)
COMMITTEE MEMBERS: (as of October 2014)
Ursel & Gunter Krumme (Co-Chairs), Sandy Boughner, Karen B. Gebala, Michael Nilssen (PLVC Rep), Autumn Pappas, Peggy Schafran, Kathy Traci (Chair, Groups);
Emeritus Members: Tom Boughner (Past Forum Chair), Tom Stone (Past Chair). Numerous other Port Ludlow residents are members of the
"Port Ludlow Health & Wellness Group", a wider circle of Health & Wellness Advocates. Contact any member of the committee if you are interested in joining this Health & Wellness community.
The purpose of the Port Ludlow Health & Wellness Committee is to
assist residents in accessing relevant information that supports their
personal health care choices.
GOALS & Objectives: see statements from the beginning of our first year in 2011
"Wellness Committee: Its Goals and Activities," PL VOICE, October 2011 (Click, then scroll to p.25)
- - Complete Reports of the Committee can be found in the Archives (below)! Click!
This Web site is "under construction", i.e. it represents many kinds of "work in progress". It originated in January 2010 as part of a community effort to assemble wellness oriented information and Web sites which were potentially useful for the discussion of health issues and options for residents of Port Ludlow (Washington). It became the unofficial Web site of the Port Ludlow Health & Wellness Committee in 2011 when the Port Ludlow Village Council sponsored and established this committee, consisting of three initiatives or "tracks", namely:
organizing quarterly Health & Wellness Forums, the establishment of an Education Resource Center, and the facilitation of Support Groups.
It is hoped that the Web site will prove useful in helping residents access appropriate and reliable online information -- with or without additional one-on-one navigational assistance. We will try to go beyond linking to information about providers, disease conditions and treatment options, but also to refer to choice situations and "decision aids", i.e. concepts and tools suitable for preparing for and engaging in shared decision-making with physicians and other providers.
The individuals behind this assembly of resources cannot be responsible
for the content of the sites to which they have provided links. No part of this site should ever be construed as providing medical advice. (See full disclaimer on the bottom of this page!)
All users are urged to provide critiques & suggestions related to this site to the organizers of the Resource Center.
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PLHEALTH.ORG is loosely connected to other Port Ludlow Web portals. These Web sites
(Port Ludlow Archives,
Port Ludlow Today (until 2013) and
Port Ludlow Village Council) are based on the volunteer work of Port Ludlow residents committed
to improving communication within the community using different Internet technologies (including for some of them,
"content management systems" [CMS]). These sites differ in content, organization, focus and intent; thus, they add up to a wealth
of information and a rich local knowledge base, probably quite unique for a community of the size of Port Ludlow.
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Photo: Peggy Flentie
Health & Wellness Co-Chairs
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July 26, 2014
Port Ludlow's Health and Wellness Committee again invited to share the tent of the Village Council
advertized its numerous outreach activities during this year's Festival-by-the-Bay.
8 year-old Benjamin K. from the Methow Valley took some time off from preparing his family's home for the next wild-fire evacuation
to visit his grandparents and the Festival-by-the-Bay where he volunteered for distributing free samples (Sanitizers,
bandages, pens, forms for personal health records, etc.) donated by local hospitals to the Port Ludlow Health Committee.
Kids visiting the PLVC's Health & Wellness Booth enjoyed a variety of hands- and brains-on activities,
here in front of a brain-teaser test and various heart and brain models and posters.
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HEALTH & WELLNESS
The Resource Center has a very unique "physical presence" in form of
dispersed displays and locations of posters and educational materials (click!).
Both, the Beach Club and the Bay Club, have very generously loaned us display areas,
in addition to permitting us to make educational notebooks and handouts available to residents.
In the lounge (coffee room) at the Beach Club we show educational
posters and display at least one of our "Notebooks". In the Bay Club, Notebooks on a variety of health topics can be found
on the bottom book shelf on the left side of the lounge. We will update
these displays and notebooks as often as possible.
Of course, this very WebSite is also a very important part of the Resource Center, largely because
the Internet provides such a limitless access to health resources. We have tried hard to create
a portal to these global resources with a distinctly local, portludlow'ish bias. The rationale for
this attempt is obvious for information resources related to the provision and location of health care services.
However, also the presentation of information, digitally accessible everywhere, about health conditions,
diagnoses, treatments and research, has, to an extent, been biased in favor of local and regional information,
largely due to the prominence of the Puget Sound area as a center of high-quality health care and health-related
scientific research, and the numerous positive impacts this proximity has on the nature and quality of health care
available to Port Ludlow residents. Importantly, this WebSite is "work in progress" to be updated and continuously
"under construction" -- however inadequately.
Any comments? Find us on Facebook (under "Wellness for Port Ludlow") or send us an
Email at plhealth.org(at)gmail.com . (August 2013)
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The Education Resource Center has assembled "Notebooks" with community wellness resource pamphlets.
These notebooks are available in the Beach Club and the Bay Club.
The WebGuys behind this PLHEALTH.ORG site have provided links to Internet third party sites, over which they have no control. Thus, they also do not endorse the content, operators, products or services of such sites, and are not responsible or liable for the content, operators, availability, accuracy, quality, advertising, products, services or other materials on or available from sites to which they have provided links.
The information about various wellness or health conditions and treatment options contained throughout this website is general in nature and is intended for use as an educational aid only. Hopefully, the information on this site will help residents make better wellness related or health care decisions and should not be used to diagnose or treat any specific medical condition. Nothing on the PLHEALTH.ORG site shall constitute medical advice.
Neither the WebGuys nor any member of an organization associated with or endorsing the PLHEALTH.ORG site shall be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly,
for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, products or services available on or
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