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June 2013
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Is Coming!
      Do you know how - or even whether - your insurance situation will be changed by the new national healthClose-up of a document title: Health Insurance care law? If you, your family, or small business will be affected when ACA is fully implemented on January 1, 2014, it's time to start exploring your options.
     KQED News has created a great starting point. "Obamacare Explained: A Guide for Californians" includes information for you as a consumer or small business owner. The State of California's web site for learning about ACA and selecting an insurance plan is CoveredCalifornia.
     Although not California-specific, two additional resources are an overview for consumers by the Institute of Medicine and the Consumer Reports web site. You will find the most extensive information on the federal web site
Get Better Online!
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    Would you like to more quickly find the best health information on the internet? Come to our workshop in the Community Room of the Los Altos Public Library at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23. Bring your health, medical, or dental questions. PlaneTree staff will show you resources for finding reliable answers to various health concerns.
    Of course, we always welcome your reference questions in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ the Cupertino Library. Patrons often find working one-on-one with our expert staff to be especially rewarding. Please check our open hours and directions before coming.
    Our personalized reference services are also available by phone (408/446-1677, ext. 3350) or email. Tell us what you need to know. We will research your topic and then send you information by email or U.S. mail.
News You Can Use 
Seaside Safety
Rip Current      About 100 people die each year in rip currents along American shores. An uninformed person's response to being carried out to sea is usually wrong, making these hidden currents unnecessarily lethal. Make sure all beach lovers in your family know how to react if swept away by a rip current.
Close-up of teen boy in hooded sweatshirt Grieving Teens
     If an adolescent whom you care about has lost or will soon lose a friend or family member, you may want to share this link with the teen and his or her parents.
Daily Aspirin Use
Aspirin in an EKG print-out      If you take aspirin daily to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, you are probably aware of this regimen's benefits and risks.
If you take coated aspirin in hopes of avoiding digestive problems, you may be interested in two recent articles. A research study has found that the coating limits aspirin's cardiovascular benefits. One of the study's researchers suggests how to maximize aspirin's cardiovascular effectiveness.
Veteran's Benefits
Veterans Administration logo     When a benefits claim is denied by the Veteran's Administration, knowing what to do - and not do - is critical to the appeal process. Unfortunately, following the VA's advice is sometimes counterproductive. Veterans and veteran caregivers may want to bookmark this page for future reference.

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Get Better Online!
News You Can Use


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    Except as noted, all events are free to the public. Pre-registration may be required.
Autism Screening Fair
Mtn. View - Sun., June 9
Seasonal Allergies
Mtn. View - Wed., June 12
Men's Health Fair
Mtn. View - Sat., June 15
Santa Clara - Mon., June 17
Orthopedic Injuries
Mtn. View - Thurs., June 20
Child Car Seat Installation Inspection ($10 donation)
Campbell - Fri., June 28, July 12 & 19 (Change date by using drop-down menu.)
Skin Care for Women
Mtn. View - Tues., July 2
Healthy Family Meals
Mtn. View - Tues., July 9
Campbell - Sat., July 13 & Aug. 10
Ayurvedic Support During Cancer Treatment (see p. 6)
Mtn. View - Sat., July 20
San Jose - Fri., July 26 
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