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As back-to-school season approaches, college students prepare to start new classes, see friends, and be tested—both inside and outside of the classroom. When school starts, students will be faced with decisions about partying, drinking, and drug use, and what they decide can have profound effects on their academic achievement and health.
Marlena Vaifale understands the importance of having health insurance. In 2013, she was diagnosed with pre-diabetes and gallstones, which led to the removal of her gallbladder. She has had health insurance all her life, but did not take full advantage of the preventive services available to her for annual physicals. If she had, she would have made wiser and healthier choices.
The average cost of a 3-day hospital stay is $30,000. The average cost of a visit to the emergency department is $969,1 which is more than an average American pays in rent each month.2 Did you know that nearly 1 out of every 4 community hospital stays involves a mental and/or substance use disorder?3 Individuals without health insurance have to pay the full cost of all their health care expenses and, if not covered in 2014, may have to pay a fee. However, health coverage can protect you from high, unexpected medical costs.
It’s summertime! School’s out and there is a good chance that your kids will be spending some time at summer camp. Whether its sports camp, adventure camp, music camp, or any of the other amazing arrays of camps available to kids these days, most camps are equipped to understand and address bullying. As parents and caretakers, here are some tips to help have a conversation with your child and with camp staff if you suspect bullying may be taking place.
Find out about camp policies on bullying:
- Ask the camp director and counselors about the procedures that are in place and how parents are informed.
- Ask how camps proactively address the issue.
- Ask how campers are supervised between activities.
Talk to your kids: