PHP leaving the Affordable Care Act

PHP Fort WaynePhysicians Health Plan (PHP) announced today that it will leave the ACA’s Indiana marketplace in 2017. PHP advised that medical expenses are exceeding premiums by 20%, or $1.20 in health care costs for every $1.00 in premium received. The move will affect PHP’s thousands of customers.

Source: www.journalgazette.net.

Recipe of the Month: Pasta Bolognese Sauce

This delicious sauce is easy to make and takes a little time but is worth the wait! Serve it with any kind of pasta. It tastes great with rice as well. Perfect for your college dorm mates to give them a break from fast food. Enhance it with your favorite vegetables and other additions to make it even better!   

Pasta Bolognese Sauce Pasta Bolognese SaucePrep Time 30 min

Cook Time 1 hr 30 min

Total Time 2 hr

Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup water
  2. 1/4 cup dried porcini mushrooms
  3. 3/4 cup white wine
  4. 1/2 small carrot
  5. 1/2 small onion
  6. 1/4 cup pancetta (Italian bacon)
  7. 1 can whole tomatoes
  8. 1 tbsp butter
  9. 1 clove garlic
  10. 3/4 lb meat loaf mix (group beef + veal)
  11. 1 link Italian sausage (casing removed)
  12. 1 cup whole milk
  13. 1 tbsp tomato paste
  14. Rigatoni pasta
Instructions
  1. Microwave 1/4 cup of water and dried porcini for about 1 minute. Let the mushrooms soak for 5 minutes until soft. Drain and save mushroom water for later.
  2. In a saute pan, reduce 3/4 cups of dry white wine to about 1/3 cup. Save for later.
  3. Using a food processor, pulse carrot and onion together.
  4. Cut pancetta into 1 inch pieces and pulse in a food processor.
  5. Pulse the can of tomatoes in food processor until finely chopped.
  6. In a saute pan, melt 2 tbsp of butter. Add pancetta and cook for 2 minutes, until browned.
  7. Stir in vegetable mixture and mushrooms for 5 minutes, adding a clove of garlic.
  8. Add meat loaf mix and sausage with casing removed. Cook until meat mixture is well broken down.
  9. Add milk and cook until the liquid is gone and meat is sizzling (20 minutes).
  10. Add tomato paste, tomatoes, mushroom liquid, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer.
  11. After 15 minutes, add reduced wine and cook for a few more minutes.
  12. Serve with pasta.

Check out the full recipe at Not Your Average College Food

Top 5 Tips for Dealing With Stress

Stress managementThere’s no getting around the fact that at some point we all experience stress in our lives. When it comes to our health though, how we deal with that stress makes all the difference in the world. Learn these top 5 tips to take a step back and deal with things one at a time to avoid getting overwhelmed. Please share this article around your office so everyone can be a little less stressed during the day!

Read Brian Tracy’s full article

Fort Wayne Uber drivers unaffected by City insurance requirements

Fort Wayne UberWhile the City of Fort Wayne has been grappling with raising insurance requirements on taxi companies, ride-sharing programs like Uber will likely be unaffected.

Understandably, some cab operators are irritated by the discrepancy. Yellow Cab owner Hassan Nassor told The News-Sentinel, “What regulations do they have to follow? They shouldn’t be able to operate at all.”

Most personal auto policies specifically exclude coverage for damage caused while collecting a fee to transport others.

Source: City wants to beef up insurance requirements for taxi cab operators .

Uber Fort Wayne

 

August Criminal of the Month

Carrying bags of drugs into a courtroom when you are on trial may not be the best idea in the world, but it definitely makes for a funny story for everyone to tell. These 5 criminals lacked the common sense needed to avoid getting busted. What criminal do you think was the most reckless? Do you know any people who weren’t thinking things all the way through when committing a crime?

Top Ten Things We Didn’t Know 100 Years Ago

Our scientific discoveries are still fairly young compared to how old the universe is. We’ve come a long way in discovering how many things work and what causes certain reactions during that short time. Here are 10 things that we didn’t know just 100 years ago! If you have relatives that are over 100 years old, think of how amazing it was for them to have all of this discovered throughout their lifetime.

The Family Feud Comeback of the Century

After his teammate fails miserably at the first round of fast money on Family Feud, this gentleman was left with the task of picking up the slack. Would he be able to get mostly number one answers to earn the 168 points needed to win the game? Say your answers along with him and see if you’d be able to pull your team out of the gutter and end up winners!

Ten Roads You Never Want to Drive On

10 Roads You Never Want to DriveI’m not sure if your auto insurance would have you covered if you drove on these 10 dangerous roads! From mountain passes plagued by landslides to a road that gets covered by the tide each day, you may want to steer clear. Do any of the treacherous roads that you’ve driven on before measure up to any of these when it comes to the danger factor?

FDA’s Talk Before You Take program

medicineWhen our doctor prescribes us a new medicine, lots of us don’t ask the questions we should. What side effects we should be aware of? Will it react negatively with another medication I’m taking? All these things should be known before we leave the doctor’s office so there are no bad reactions in the future. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched a “Talk Before You Take” campaign advising people what questions they should ask their doctor. Print this list and have it handy the next time you visit the doctor to make sure you know everything you need to!