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ACA Appears Here to Stay
David Walsh
Appellate Health Care Attorney
Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw & Anderson, P.C. in Dallas
"While there may be more tinkering with some aspects of the law, the Affordable Care Act has survived multiple challenges, and it seems it will generally remain in effect unless political forces gain the power to make significant changes or repeal it. The court's decision supports a growing belief that the law is here to stay, causing some people to purchase insurance who had not in the past and seeing a benefit from doing so. It's also likely that the requirement to purchase insurance and the availability of subsidies will lead more people to seek health care on a regular basis. Medical practices will need to have sufficient staffing to ensure that they can appropriately care for the new patient loads while taking steps to document improvements in efficiency and at the same time assure quality. That process is part of the ACA's incentivized system for reimbursements."
Contact: Barry Pound, barry@androvett.com

Genetic Screening Can Detect More Than 100 Recessive Diseases
Karen Grinzaid
Program Director, JScreen; Instructor, Department of Human Genetics
Emory University
"It's estimated that 80 percent of babies born with a recessive genetic disease are born to families that have no family history for that disease, which demonstrates the importance of offering preconception screening."
Grinzaid has more than 20 years of experience in genetics. She and other genetic counselors and geneticists from Emory University's JScreen program are available to discuss their innovative, national, public health initiative dedicated to education and carrier screening for over 100 devastating recessive diseases. By using an at-home, saliva-based test, genetic carrier screening has never been easier, more convenient, or more affordable.
Website: http://www.JScreen.org
Contact: Hillary Kener, hkener@emory.edu

The Lost Art of Family Connection
Josselyne Herman-Saccio
Communication Expert
Landmark
"Want to engage your kids? It's up to you. Parents, can you relate? You ask your kid, 'How was your day?' Your kid replies, "OK" (doesn't look up, thumbs texting, eyes glazed). Or maybe your child tries to tell you something and you're just as distracted (phone ringing, pot boiling, dog barking, etc.). How can we break free from the constant pull of tech gadgets, work and life demands and exhaustion that keeps us from sharing what matters with our kids? Creating a partnership with your children is so important but not an obvious thing to do, because you think you have to be the one with all the answers. It's very rare we spend a moment and just really get in another person's world, which is so important, especially with people you love."
Herman-Saccio, a mom of kids ages 9, 12 and 18, is also an expert on family communications and a polished TV guest. For 19 years, she has led programs for Landmark, an international training and development company. These programs are designed to inspire effectiveness and creativity in others, enabling them to make their own dreams come true and to make the world a better place. She can share practical tips for happier families through better communication.
ProfNet Profile: http://www.profnetconnect.com/josselyneherman-saccio
Contact: Michelle Tennant, michelle@wasabipublicity.com

One in Three Americans Interested in Leaving U.S.
Dr. Frieda Birnbaum
Research Psychologist, Psychoanalyst
A recent online poll of more than 2,000 adults by TransferWise, a peer-to-peer money transfer service based in the UK, revealed that 35 percent of American-born residents and emigrants would considering leaving the United States to live in another country. This percentage greatly increases for those age 18 to 34. Says Dr. Birnbaum: "Poll after poll shows that a growing number of Americans are stressed and unhappy. When people are unhappy, they instinctively look to escape their problems and escape their pain. However, regardless of your geographic location, internal problems and internal unhappiness will follow you wherever you go. The fact that so many Americans are interested in leaving their country is, I believe, a cry for help -- they want to feel good again. One of the reasons so many immigrants came to America was because it was a land of opportunity and it provided people the opportunity a chance at a better life. Because of high taxes, a sluggish economy, cultural and civil conflicts, and a continued regression on civil liberties, America isn't the same nation it once was. Some people appear to be fleeing America for the very same reasons people of nations once fled their nations to come to America -- for a chance a better life. Unless America returns to its founding principles and more people attain happiness, I believe that, in coming years, more and more Americans will desire to leave their nation of birth."
Based in the New York metro area, Dr. Birnbaum is author of "What Price Power: An In-Depth Study of the Professional Woman in a Relationship." She's an expert on depression, women's issues, and attaining happiness, and has been featured on "Oprah" and "20/20" as the oldest woman in the U.S. to have twins.
Contact: Ryan McCormick, ryan@goldmanmccormick.com

SCOTUS Becoming Pop Culture Spectator Sport
Chad Ruback
Dallas Appellate Attorney
"Through the end of the 20th century, U.S. Supreme Court decisions were seldom topics of conversation for most Americans. Outside of political and legal circles, the entire decades of the '60s, '80s and even the '90s seemed to pass without a Supreme Court case drawing the attention of more than a small subset of the public. But starting with Bush v. Gore in 2000, the switch flipped in American popular culture. Today, we have auto mechanics and office workers speculating on when opinions will be issued and which Supreme Court justice might be the swing vote in a particular case. In the 1990s, when I told people I was an appellate lawyer, they no more wanted to talk to me about my work than if I had told them I was a mortician. Now, even my barber asks me about the reasoning behind 'the Confederate flag license plate case' or 'the gay marriage case.' I think that our Founding Fathers would be proud."
Contact: Robert Tharp, robert@androvett.com

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