August 22, 2014

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“Coinsurance”: when you – not your health insurance plan – must pay for your care

“Co-” means “joint, “mutual” or “common” In today’s Jargon Buster, let’s look at “coinsurance.” If you’re like me, this might be one of those terms you’ve looked up more than once to make sure you understand it correctly. The word’s prefix, “co-,” is telling. When forming a noun, co- means “joint,” “mutual,” or “common.” In [...]

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August 11, 2014

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UCare employee’s inspiring blog post leads to national magazine story

Angelica Weidemann tells Woman’s World more about UCare’s support during cancer battle When Angelica Weidemann blogged about “What UCare has done for my soul,” readers took note. In particular, editors at a national supermarket weekly wanted to know more about Angie, and how UCare supported her as she coped with a frightening breast cancer diagnosis. [...]

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August 1, 2014

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‘My sobriety has … led me to a new and better way of life’

UCare member Corey Franks, who also copes with fibromyalgia, doesn’t let his health challenges get in his way Welcome to my blog post! I’m Corey Franks, and I would like to share a little bit about my life and my experiences with you. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1998 (fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder [...]

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July 25, 2014

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‘When I see the UCare logo at a public event, I feel a burst of pride, thinking, That’s MY health insurance!’

Minneapolis artist Laura Burlis tells about her passion for her work, her health challenges, and why she volunteers on a UCare member advisory committee I’ve been a member of UCare for about 15 years. And for 23 years, I’ve been a visual artist. In the last five years I became entranced by the medium of [...]

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July 18, 2014

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“I say, ‘Art is good for what ails you’ ”

What a depressing winter. And I don’t mean just all that endless snow and the lousy temperatures. Except for how it related to my fall on ice in February and a broken ankle. The winter was hard on my mom, Marie Williams, too. They always are. Effectively trapped in her house, months from being able [...]

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July 11, 2014

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‘My son’s mental health crisis spurred my family to appear in a new video for parents’

The video describes services available in the metro area Having a child’s mental health crisis happen in my family was something I never could have anticipated. One night five years ago, my family experienced just such a situation with my older son, then 12. I took him to the ER, as I would an adult, [...]

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June 30, 2014

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Say hey, we love Pride!

UCare dances through 2014 Twin Cities Pride Parade I and about 15 other UCare employees were pleased to showcase our support of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender communities yesterday during the 2014 Ashley Rukes Twin Cities Pride Parade. Sporting colorful shirts and bandanas, we pivoted, swayed and shook pompoms while performing an original dance to [...]

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June 18, 2014

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All abuzz: ‘As novice beekeepers, my daughter and I are learning how bees aid health’

I’ve always wanted to keep bees, but I never had the knowledge or the resources to do it … until now. The Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association funds an annual Youth Scholarship Award that provides a hive, beekeeping gear and mentors to 12- to 17-year-olds — and I do have one of those! My daughter, Logan, was one [...]

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June 6, 2014

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‘Biking to work strengthens my body, clears my mind, and brightens my attitude’

I remember the first time I tried to ride a bike. It was a big-girl bike — much too big for me. I got on, stood on the pedals, let go of the handlebars just like the big kids did, and down I went! I tried again, realizing I must hang onto the handlebars. I [...]

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May 28, 2014

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‘Stay focused, remain humble, work hard, and stay dedicated’

As a former Urban League scholarship winner and UCare intern, that’s my advice for other young people seeking success It’s been five years since the Minneapolis Urban League awarded me a scholarship, sponsored by UCare, to attend college as a first-generation student. At that time, I never imagined the many wonderful opportunities that would soon [...]

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