September 11, 2014

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Are you a UCare member? Would you like to share your story?

We at UCare invite members to tell us their own stories related to health and wellness. To participate, send a one-paragraph summary about your experience or perspective to mparsons@ucare.org. Personal accounts that inspire, challenge, or put things in a different light are especially welcome!

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September 4, 2014

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A year without a car in Minnesota?

I traded my old car for a new bike in July – and pledged not to drive through our next winter Recently, a unique opportunity presented itself to me as a way to attain two goals I never thought I would achieve: Get a nice bike – something new with quality components capable of going long [...]

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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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