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Seven Common Pitfalls of Obamacare Open Enrollment and How to Avoid Them

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) November 13, 2014

Obamacare Open Enrollment period for 2015 coverage begins on November 15, 2014 and ends on February 15, 2015. Mr. Glovsky is currently litigating class actions against Anthem Blue Cross of California and Blue Shield of California for misrepresentations they made during last year's open enrollment about their networks of providers (BC-549438 CA).


In PPO plans, members can access a limited network of contracted providers or access out-of-network providers. In HMO plans, members must go to doctors within their plans network but generally first obtain pre-authorization from their primary-care physician. EPO plans function like PPO plans, but members receive no coverage for out-of-network care.


Because insurers have been misleading, simply knowing the difference between the types of health plans is not enough to ensure that the consumer will actually enroll in a desired plan. To safeguard against being misled, consumers should enroll in a new plan either online or by using a paper form instead of enrolling over the phone to prevent the current insurer from rolling them into a new policy by taking no enrollment action.


Consumers are being misled into thinking that their preferred provider or facility will be in network, only to find out after enrollment that they the provider of facility is actually out of network. Take screenshots of all of the insurers web pages confirming the in-network status of providers, request written confirmation from all insurer phone representatives that the providers are in-network before enrolling in a new plan, and keep extensive notes of conversations with plan representatives.


A deductible is the amount of expenses that a plan member must pay out-of-pocket before an insurer will pay any expenses. Find out what payments each health plan counts towards the deductible because some health plans do not consider all out-of-pocket payments when calculating whether a member has met their yearly deductible.


Some plans have various deductibles for different services. For example, some health plans have a deductible for health care treatment and a separate deductible for prescription drugs.


Since not all insurance plans provide coverage for the same prescription drugs, ask about the different prescriptions that each plan covers before enrollment to ensure coverage for essential medications.


People who purchase health insurance from their states health coverage exchange, as opposed to directly from a health insurance provider, may qualify for a tax credit. Since many insurance providers offer the same exact plans (albeit with different names) on and off of the insurance market place exchanges, there is no incentive for people who qualify for a tax credit to purchase a plan outside the exchange marketplaces.

About the Law Offices of Scott C. Glovsky

Scott Glovsky represents individuals and leads class action suits in the areas of health care, health insurance denials, insurance bad faith, false claims and personal injuries.

Mr. Glovsky lawsuits have helped raise the awareness of the importance of health insurers covering mental health care, including treatment for eating disorders, autism and other severe mental illness. His most recent class action lawsuits involve suing Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California for bait and switch in connection with misrepresenting the providers and hospitals that are within its contracted networks.

The Law Offices of Scott C. Glovsky serves clients in Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Bernardino and throughout California.

Mr. Glovsky welcomes media inquiries and other questions about Obamacare Open Enrollment. He can be reached at sglovsky(at)scottglovskylaw(dot)com or (626) 243-5598.

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Actors Headline Albuquerque Film & Media Experience (AFME) June 1 -8, 2014

Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) April 23, 2014

Albuquerque is in for another sizzling lineup that kicks off in June with the 2nd annual Albuquerque Film & Media Experience with this years international spotlight countries of Ireland and India. Created and Executive Produced by Ivan Wiener and Lainie S. Quirk, AFMEs vision is to honor the power of film, media and all storytelling through the arts. The unique week-long celebration has attracted the participation of many industry leaders and luminaries from New Mexico productions, world markets and Hollywood.

We are excited about this extraordinary festival on Route 66 and downtown, said Lainie S. Quirk and Ivan Wiener. AFME is gaining traction as one of the leading international film festivals worldwide with Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico ready to shine for the many attendees who are coming from around the globe.

Programming includes domestic and international movies, new media, food events, intimate conversations, panels, a wide range of live music and the AFME Foundations heroin awareness and education program Taylors Calling. A specific program will take place at Hotel Cascada on Saturday, June 7 from 1-5pm with speakers, music, films and exhibits to raise awareness and provide support for everyone who is affected by the heroin epidemic, sponsored by the AFME Foundation and KASA-2.

The true headliners of AFME are the important causes and organizations supported throughout the festival. We are proud to give back to the community with many of our films and events, said Quirk and Wiener. 2014 beneficiaries include the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico, All Faiths, New Mexico AIDS Service, NM Autism Society, the African American Cultural Center, New Mexico Jazz Workshop, the Hanuman Temple in Taos, Youth Development, Inc., Robert Redford and Bill Richardsons Protection of New Mexico Wildlife and the AFME Foundation.

Special appearances by Actor Giancarlo Esposito (BREAKING BAD, REVOLUTION, DO THE RIGHT THING), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD BLUE, FIRED UP), Annika Marks (THE SESSIONS); Steven Michael Quezada and Jeremiah Bitsui (BREAKING BAD); musicians Bobby Shew (Buddy Rich - Trumpet) and Steve Smith (Journey - Drums); Federico Castelluccio (THE SOPRANOS); Stephen Baldwin (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, STOP TRAFFICK) and many more.

Red Carpet Movie Events

SOLD Opening Night Film

Starring Gillian Anderson, David Arquette and Seema Biswas. Executive Produced by Emma Thompson. A girl risks everything for freedom after being trafficked from her mountain village in Nepal to a brothel in India. SOLD is a full-length feature film adapted from the National Book Award Nominated novel by Patricia McCormick. SOLD with screen Tuesday, June 3rd at 7 p.m. at the KiMo Theatre, 423 Central Avenue, NW in Albuquerque.

Frontera Closing Night Film

Starring Ed Harris, Eva Longoria, Michael Pena, Amy Madigan. A former Arizona Sheriffs wife is killed while riding on their Ranch property. It would appear a Mexican man crossing in to the US illegally is at fault. As former Sheriff and current Sheriff search for answers, lives are changed forever. Frontera will screen at the National Hispanic Cultural Centers Bank of America Theater on June 8th at 2 p.m., 1701 4th Street SW in Albuquerque

Drunktowns Finest

Drunktowns Finest is Sydney Freelands feature film debut and her response to a news story that characterized her hometown of Gallup, New Mexico, as Drunktown, USA. Nizhoni was adopted and raised as a Christian by a white family, transsexual Felixxia dreams of becoming a model, and Sickboy is headed to basic training so he can take care of his soon-to-be-born child. We observe the Navajo Nation from the inside out through the eyes of these three unlikely characters. At first our preconceptions are reinforced, but slowly, as each of their lives unfolds, we confront the reality of living in this community, and we see these three aspiring to leave their town behind. Drunktowns Finest will screen Wednesday, June 4th at 8 p.m. at the KiMo Theatre, 423 Central Avenue, NW in Albuquerque.

Passionate Politics with special guest speaker by Charlotte Bunch

Passionate Politics brings Charlottes story to life, from idealistic young civil rights organizer to lesbian activist, to internationally-recognized leader of a campaign to put womens rights, front and center, on the global human rights agenda. Charlotte has been both a product and creator of her times: every chapter in her life is a chapter in the story of modern feminist activism, from its roots in the 1960s struggles for social justice to international campaigns against gender-based violence today. Special Speaking Engagement with Charlotte Bunch following the documentary. Passionate Politics will screen Wednesday, June 4th at 5 p.m. at the KiMo Theatre, 423 Central Avenue, NW in Albuquerque.


TAPIA takes us inside the tortured soul of Johnny Tapia, the 5-time world champion boxer whose unprecedented success was overshadowed by a volatile drug addiction brought on by the brutal rape and murder of his mother at the tender age of 8 years old. Director Eddie Alcazar candidly reveals Tapias public struggles through intimate interviews, archival footage, and photos that showcase his vivacious personality and child-like gusto. With the love and support of his wife by his side, the film follows Johnny Tapias rise to one of the most legendary fighters of our time, in and out of the ring. TAPIA will screen Thursday, June 5th at 6 p.m. at the KiMo Theatre, 423 Central Avenue, NW in Albuquerque.

25th Anniversary of Do the Right Thing with special appearance by Giancarlo Esposito

Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee, who also played the part of Mookie in the film. Other members of the cast include Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, and Samuel L. Jackson. It is also notably the feature film debuts of Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez. The movie tells the story of a neighborhoods simmering racial tension, which comes to a head and culminates in tragedy on the hottest day of the summer. Do the Right Thing will screen Wednesday, June 4th at 6 p.m. at the African American Performing Arts Center & Exhibit Hall, 310 San Pedro NE in Albuquerque. This event is a fundraiser for the African American Performing Arts Center.

Los Wild Ones with Wild Records Concert

Wild Records is an LA indie music label comprised of young Hispanic musicians, it is run by Irishman, Reb Kennedy. Wild is an unconventional family, reminiscent of the early days of Sun Records, all of its musicians write and perform 50s Rock n Roll. If Wild is going to continue to grow and reach broader audiences, its current business model will cease to work. Concert with Wild Records Artist The Rythym Shakers and Luis & the Wildfires immediately following in Route 66 Casinos ENVY Nightclub. Los Wild Ones screening & concert takes place on Friday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Rout 66 Casino Legends Theater, 14500 Central Ave SW, in Albuquerque.

One-of-a-Kind Special Events

Buddy Rich Big Band Alumni Tribute Concert

The Buddy Rich Big Band Alumni Tribute Concert at the KiMo Theater on June 1st will no doubt prove to be one of the true highlight concerts on the music scene in Albuquerque over recent years. Bringing together the incredible talents of former JOURNEY drummer Steve Smith to fill the shoes of Buddy Rich AND employing a number of the alumni from the early days of the highly famed Buddy Rich Big Band will make this a concert that attendees will never forget! Bobby Shew. BAND MEMBERS: Drums: Steve Smith Trumpets: Bobby Shew, Chuck Findley, Carl Saunders, Paul Gonzales Saxaphone: Andy Fusco, Sam Reid, Pat LaBarbera, Charles Owens, Glenn Ko


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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 24, 2014

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Center for Autism and Related Disorders Awarded $448,000 Grant from the State of Texas to Provide Therapy to Underserved Children

Corpus Christi, TX (PRWEB) October 30, 2014

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Inc. today announced the receipt of a $ 448,000 Autism Program grant from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). The grant will allow CARD to provide home-based, center-based, and school services for up to 24 months to underserved children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who live in Corpus Christi and outlining areas.

We are excited that Texas has allocated the resources to ensure that all children with autism get the treatment they need to lead happy, healthy lives, said CARD operations manager, Dorothy Light, M.A. Our team will partner with families, teachers and administrators to ensure these children see measurable results from their behavioral treatment.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission GIS/Demographic Team estimates 26,700 children in Texas, between the ages of three and eight years old, are diagnosed with autism. The DARS Autism Program will help the state identify models that best serve these children and will enable lawmakers to strengthen the state's efforts to serve those affected by autism.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimates that one in every 68 children in America is diagnosed with ASD, with one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls diagnosed. This is more than a 30 percent increase since the 2008 report. As the prevalence of ASD has increased, services for children with ASD have not always kept pace with demand. As a result, families affected by ASD may encounter challenges when trying to access quality treatment. The increase in autism diagnoses and the lack of resources available to families in many communities leave parents struggling to access the services that are crucial to their childs development.

CARD is one of the worlds largest and most effective autism treatment providers offering evidence-based, state-of-the-art services to individuals of all ages. CARD is also the nations third largest non-governmental organization contributing to autism research. In August 2009, CARD researchers published "Retrospective Analysis of Clinical Records in 38 Cases of Recovery from Autism in the Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, showing that recovery from autism is possible with early, intensive intervention using applied behavior analysis (ABA).

One-to-one ABA therapy and Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) will be provided to participants of the DARS Autism Program. Individual client assessment and intervention will be combined with caregiver training to provide optimal treatment for each family. The DARS Autism Program offers a sliding-scale fee based on adjusted gross income. Participating children must be between the ages of three and 15 years old, have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, and be a Texas resident. For more information about the DARS Autism Program, contact Dorothy Light at (512) 330-9520.

About Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services (DARS)

DARS is a state agency that works in partnership with Texans with disabilities and families with children who have developmental delays to improve the quality of their lives and to enable their full participation in society. To find out more about the agencys services, call the DARS Inquiries Line at 1-800-628-5115. Information about DARS is also available at

About Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

CARD treats individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at its 29 treatment centers around the globe. CARD was founded in 1990 by leading autism expert and clinical psychologist Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D. CARD treats individuals with ASD using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is empirically proven to be the most effective method for treating individuals with ASD and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Surgeon General. CARD employs a dedicated team of nearly 2,000 individuals across the nation and internationally. For more information, visit or call (855) 345-2273.

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Scholarships for Students with Special Needs Now Available Through Step Up For Students Scholarship Program

Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) July 17, 2014

Starting Friday, parents of Florida children with significant special needs including autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy can apply for a new type of K-12 scholarship that will allow them to individualize their childs education.

The Florida Personal Learning Scholarship Account (PLSA) is for students in kindergarten through 12th grade with one of eight specific learning disabilities. It allows a parent to use the money to choose from a variety of education options. Those options include private schools, therapists, specialists, curricula and materials even contributions to a prepaid college fund. For 2014-15, the scholarships are worth an average of about $ 10,000.

This scholarship will make all the difference in the world, said Dorothy Famiano of Brooksville, who has two children who are eligible for the scholarship accounts Nicholas, who has Spina bifida, and Danielle, 11, who has been diagnosed with autism.

The new program was the brainchild of Sen. Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, who is in line to become Senate president and has a son with Down syndrome. Gardiner modeled it after Arizona, making Florida only the second state to offer this unique educational option.

Under the PLSA, students can receive scholarship payments until they graduate from high school or reach age 22. Funds can roll over from one year to the next. The account remains in place until a student graduates from a postsecondary institution, or he or she graduates from high school and attends no postsecondary education for four consecutive years.

Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts are an enormous vote in favor of truly providing an individualized education for children who have unique abilities in the state of Florida, said Christine Bancalari, co-founder of the Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida. Allowing parents to customize their childrens education to their individual needs is a win-win for all. The impact that this has on a childs educational success will translate into more opportunities for their future success as an adult in the community.

The Home Education Foundation is very excited about the new Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts for special needs children, said Brenda Dickinson, the foundations president. This scholarship will help provide the much-needed therapies and services that most home educating parents cannot afford. We are so grateful that the state has given parents a choice and a helping hand to ensure that all special needs children can reach their full potential."

To be eligible, a student must be diagnosed with either autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Intellectual Disability (severe cognitive impairment), Prader-Willi syndrome, Spina bifida, Williams syndrome or entering kindergarten with development delays that cause them to be deemed high risk. The state set aside $ 18.4 million to seed the first year of the program, an amount that is estimated to serve roughly 1,800 students.

Applications officially open on Friday through a nonprofit scholarship organization, Step Up For Students, which also helps administer the Tax Credit Scholarship for low-income students. Students will need either an Individual Education Plan from a Florida school district or a formal diagnosis from a licensed physician or psychologist. The scholarship is also available for students who participate in home education.

Parents can apply online Friday at More details about the program are also available at the site.


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