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Archive for July 9th, 2010

Some key factors in the Patient’s Bill of Rights

Posted by Admin On July - 9 - 2010 Comments Off on Some key factors in the Patient’s Bill of Rights

“Starting in September, some of the worst abuses will be banned forever. No more discriminating against children with pre-existing conditions. No more retroactively dropping somebody’s policy when they get sick if they made an unintentional mistake on an application. No more lifetime limits or restrictive annual limits on coverage. Those days are over.” – PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

President Obama announced a Patient’s Bill of Rights made possible under health reform—a basic set of consumer protections that end some of the health insurance companies’ worst abuses.

The Patient’s Bill of Rights:

  • 1. Prevents insurance companies from canceling your policy if you get sick. Right now, insurance companies can retroactively cancel your policy when you become sick if you or your employer made an unintentional mistake on your paperwork.
  • 2. Stops insurance companies from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. Beginning in September, discrimination against children with pre-existing conditions will be banned—a protection that will be extended to all Americans in 2014.
  • 3. Prohibits setting lifetime limits on insurance policies issued or renewed after Sept. 23, 2010. No longer will insurance companies be able to take away coverage at the very moment when patients need it most. More than 100 million Americans have health coverage that imposes lifetime limits on care.
  • 4. Phases out annual dollar limits on coverage over the next three years. Even more aggressive than lifetime limits are annual dollar limits on what an insurance company will pay for your health care. For the people with medical costs that hit these limits, the consequences can be devastating.
  • 5. Allows you to designate any available participating primary care doctor as your provider. You’ll be able to keep the primary care doctor or pediatrician you choose, and see an OB-GYN without referral.
  • 6. Removes insurance company barriers to receiving emergency care and prevents them from charging you more because you’re out of network. You’ll be able to get emergency care at a hospital outside of your plan’s network without facing higher co-pays or deductibles or having to fight to get approval first.

The Patient’s Bill of Rights starts to take effect this fall—but the benefits for individuals and families under health care reform don’t stop there. Over the course of the next several years, the historic health reform law will make care more affordable, hold insurers accountable, and finally give all Americans the coverage they deserve.

Note: This information was provided by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee, 430 South Capitol Street, SE, Washington, D.C., 20003. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Cuba’s Teatro Buendia makes their U.S. debut at Goodman Theatre

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“Fabuloso Fridays”—JULY 9 & 16—feature post-show specialty cocktails, dancing to DJ Miles Beyond and stories by Seprendipity Theatre Collective’s 2nd story


(Chicago, IL) Goodman Theatre audiences will be the first in the United States to witness the work of Cuba’s acclaimed Teatro Buendía in two productions during the 2010 Latino Theatre Fesitval: La Visita de la Vieja Dama (July 8 – 11) based on Dürrematt’s The Visit, and Charenton (July 15 – 18) by Raquel Carrió, a new interpretation of the story of the Marquis de Sade and his direction of the asylum inmates in theatrical performances. Led by Founding Artistic Director and theater educator Flora Lauten, Cuba’s premier theater company Teatro Buendía is renowned for its poignant adaptations of classic texts whose themes reflect the struggles and challenges of contemporary Cuban society. 

Goodman Resident Artistic Associate and Festival curator Henry Godinez, who first encountered Teatro Buendía in 2003 with Las bacantes (The Bacchae), describes their performance style as “heightened and ferocious, yet undeniably honest and personal,” informed by a ritualistic sense of rhythm drawn from Caribbean and African traditions. Lauten and playwright Carrió contextualize western and European classics in a uniquely Cuban setting with traditional music and dance, with an ensemble of actors trained through the Institute of Fine Arts in Havana.

After the show—don’t go! July 9 and 16 are “Fabuloso Fridays”, including such post-performance delights as signature cocktails ($7 “Teatro Margarita” and “Buendía Sangria,” specially mixed by Goodman House Manager Justine Bondurant) and Serendipity Theatre Collective’s 2nd Story with D.J. Miles Beyond spinning stories and funky mash-up music. 2nd Story performers include Jasmin Cardenas, Khanisha Foster, Tony Sancho and Ilana Shabanov.

Tickets to Teatro Buendía’s performances ($14 – $28) and the events in the Latino Theatre Festival are on sale now. Call 312.443.3800, click GoodmanTheatre.org or visit the box office (170 North Dearborn). Mezztix are half-price mezzanine tickets available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online (promo code MEZZTIX) day of performance; Mezztix are not available by telephone. All tickets are subject to availability and handling fees apply. Discounted Group Tickets for 10 persons or more are available at 312.443.3820.

In Raquel Carrió’s La Visita de la Vieja Dama, Clara Zajanin returns to her hometown, the fictitious Gula, 40 years after her neighbors drove her away for “indecorosa” (indecency). Now rich and glamorous, Clara arrives in ruined Gula offering riches in exchange for revenge. Charenton is a complex maze of madness, morality and revolution. The French aristocrat and writer of erotic novels the Marquis de Sade spent 13 years in the Charenton Asylum, where he infamously directed the other inmates in theatrical performances. In Charenton, the Marquis directs a play-within-a-play about the French Revolution that culminates with the murder of Jean-Paul Marat—the “friend of the people.” The performance is supervised by the director of the asylum, who has instructed the Marquis to ensure that his play supports the contemporary patriotic opinion—but the inmates have other ideas.

About Teatro Buendía

The most celebrated independent theater company in Cuba, Teatro Buendía is renowned for its poignant adaptations of classic texts whose themes reflect the struggles and challenges of contemporary Cuban society. Teatro Buendía was founded in 1986 by actress, teacher and artistic director Flora Lauten, with graduates from the Instituto Superior de Arte. Lauten and playwright Raquel Carrio contextualize western and European classics in a uniquely Cuban setting, with an ensemble of actors who have trained rigorously with Lauten through the Institute of Fine Arts in Havana. Top-notch performances, a meticulously chosen repertoire and the company’s unique acting methods have thrilled audiences and critics alike—both in Cuba and internationally.

La Visita de la Vieja Dama

Based on Friedrich Durrenmatt’s The Visit

Adapted by Raquel Carrió, Directed by Flora Lauten

July 8 (7:30PM); July 9 and 10 (8pm); July 11 (2pm) | Owen Theatre | Spanish w/English subtitles

$28/$14 (students w/ID)


By Raquel Carrió

Directed by Flora Lauten

July 15 (7:30pm); July 16 and July 17 (8pm); July 18 (2pm) | Owen Theatre | Spanish w/English subtitles

$28/$14 (students w/ID)

Latino Theatre Festival has been a biennial event at Goodman Theatre since 2003 and has introduced more than 20,000 Chicagoans to prominent Latino theater companies around the globe. Under the direction of Resident Artistic Associate Henry Godinez, Latino Fest is a multi-week event that transforms the Goodman into a hub of international artistic exchange; productions by local, national and international theater artists, plus a variety of events—workshops, master classes, panel discussions and post-show live music by local bands—define the experience. Teatro Buendía joins the expanding list of international Latino theater companies that have performed at the Goodman since 2003: Compañia Marta Carrasco (Spain); Comediants (Spain); Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes (Mexico); and Pia Fraus (Brazil). Last season, Compania Triptal (Brazil)’s Sea Plays were a memorable addition to the Goodman’s 2009 Global Exploration of Eugene O’Neill, an international festival and celebration of the father of the American drama. National artists of note have come to the Goodman from New York (Universes’ Blue Sweat; Adrianna Sevan’s Taking Flight) and Los Angeles (Luiz Alfaro’s The Book of Titus and Other Latino Bible Stories; Culture Clash’s AmeriCCa). Local participants have included works from Aguijón Theater Company, Albany Park Theater Project, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Luna Negra, Teatro Luna and Teatro Vista.

Goodman Theatre is grateful to The Sins of Sor Juana and Latino Theatre Festival Sponsors. Principal support of Artistic Development and Diversity Initiatives is provided by The Joyce Foundation. Target is the Lead Corporate Sponsor for The Sins of Sor Juana and Lead Festival Diversity Night Sponsor; Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is the Corporate Sponsor Partner for The Sins of Sor Juana; the National Endowment for the Arts is also a Sponsor Partner. Major Support of the Festival is provided by The Chicago Community Trust and The Boeing Company Charitable Trust. Other Festival Sponsors include Baker & McKenzie LLP, the Illinois Arts Council, Dominick’s, The Nielsen Company and State Farm Insurance. Hoy is the Print Media Sponsor, Univision is the Broadcast Media Sponsor, The Chicago Latino Network is the Digital Media Sponsor and Comcast is the Media Partner for the Latino Theatre Festival. Support for Sarruga: Insects is provided by the Ramon Llull Institute and The Tourist Office of Spain.

Treasurer’s Office to return lost loot at Soldier Field

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Lost money, assets discovered during Cash Dash event


Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias’ office wants to return more than $900 million in lost, forgotten and abandoned funds to Chicago-area residents.

A representative from Giannoulias’ office will conduct Cash Dash searches on the state’s online database from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 11 at Soldier Field in Chicago during the World Cup Festival. 

The Cash Dash program reunites Illinois residents with their lost or forgotten wealth, also known as “unclaimed property.” This wealth can be anything from long-lost bank accounts to entire estates that never made it to a rightful owner.

The Treasurer’s office is holding a total of $1.4 billion in unclaimed property for 10.2 million residents and businesses – with more than $900 million belonging to Cook County residents. The Cash Dash program aims to give it all back.

The World Cup Festival and screening of the final game is sponsored by the South African Consulate General in partnership with Ethnicity Soccer. For festival information, visit www.africachicago.com.

For more information or to conduct your own online search, visit www.treasurer.il.gov and follow the Cash Dash link.

McDonald’s® USA Achieves Better Business Bureau’s A+ Rating and Accredited Business Status

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(From the Better Business Bureau)                                                                                                                                       

Chicago, IL – McDonald’s USA of Oak Brook, Ill., has joined the Better Business Bureau (BBB) as an Accredited Business, achieving an A+ rating for its proven record of trustworthiness and ethics in its customer-related business practices. 
“We are very pleased to have McDonald’s USA as an Accredited Business of the Better Business Bureau,” stated Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Being accredited with the BBB shows that McDonald’s is committed to our strict code of business practices, and it reinforces McDonald’s dedication to its customers.”
To become a BBB Accredited Business, a company must adhere to the BBB Code of Business Practices, which represents sound advertising, selling and customer service practices that enhance customer trust and confidence in business. The Code is built on the BBB Standards for Trust, which include principles such as:
  • establishing and maintaining a positive track record in the marketplace
  • honestly adhering to established standards of advertising and selling
  • honestly representing products and services
  • openly disclosing all policies and procedures that influence a customer’s decision to buy
  • abiding by all written agreements and verbal representations
  • addressing disputes quickly, professionally and in good faith
  • embodying integrity in all business dealings
“McDonald’s has a long history of listening to our customers and using their feedback to enhance their experiences at our restaurants,” said Neil Golden, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of McDonald’s USA. “It’s a core value embraced throughout our system, which is why our customers trust us. We value the relationship we’ve built with them, and we’re pleased to be recognized for our efforts by this distinguished organization that shares our values of fairness, honesty and integrity.”


McDonald’s USA’s involvement with the BBB is not new. Since 2006, as a charter member, McDonald’s actively engaged in the development of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative program, a voluntary initiative to help address the importance of children’s well-being, by working with the Council of Better Business Bureaus. McDonald’s continues to be an active member of this group. The company has also been a supporter of the BBB’s Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) for many years. 


The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois represents more than 7,000 Accredited Businesses and lists an additional 102,000 businesses in its ratings of area companies. In addition, it is part of an international organization with ratings on more than 4.5 million businesses throughout the United States and Canada. These ratings are available on the organization’s Web site www.bbb.org


McDonald’s USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to more than 26 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local business men and women. Customers can log online for free at any of the 11,000 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter (@McDonalds) and Facebook (Facebook.com/McDonalds) for updates on our business, promotions and products.


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