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COVER STORY: Mark David Williams was cruising through life as a voice coach with an album and a ministry. Then he was hit head on by a drunk driver. . .
The Emotions of Parenting
In Honor of Dads
"How Can You Laugh?" Using Humor. . .
The Soul Clearing
Mosaic Moments Devotional
What Do Patients Really Want?
Searching for Answers
Is Yoga for You?
20 Ways to Save on Medical Expenses
Talk Over Tea with the Editor
Tell Us Your Thoughts
Strive to Thrive Health News
Joy Bites
Strength in the Shadows
Volunteer Corner
Book Review: The Bumps are What You Climb On
Ask the Doc
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  1. Go ahead and eat that apple. According to the U.S. Apple Association, research suggests that an apple a day really can help lowering LDL cholesterol and risk of stroke, promote liver and lung health, and lower the risk of some cancers. Chomp in!
  2. Use mail order for medications and get more than 1 month's supply at a time. Ask your doctor for recommendations.
  3. Check with your pharmacist to see if any pills could be split without changing the potency of the drug. Note however, this has been discourage by the American Pharmaceutical Association.
  4. Flexible spending through an employer makes the funds you spend on medical expenses tax free.
  5. Know what you can be reimbursed for through your insurance company and learn how to fill out their forms.
  6. Enter a clinical study to get personalized care and maybe a new medication. See www.clinicaltrials.gov
  7. Are you lacking decent benefits? See www.benefitscheckup.com. BenefitsCheckUp helps thousands every day to find programs for people ages 55 and over that may pay for some of their costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other essential items or services.
  8. Get a copy of your newest medical records annually so you don't have to spend money in the future on copying hundreds of pages.
  9. Find out what alternative treatments your insurance may cover. For example, many reimburse for acupuncture with a doctor's approval.
  10. Ask your doctor for any free samples of medications s/he supplies.

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