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Association Health Plans

The History

In the late 1990s federal legislation had been proposed to create federally-recognized Association Health Plans (AHPs). Small businesses such as dairy farmers, car dealers, and accountants created AHPs to buy health insurance with the aim of lower cost with a larger pool of enrollees. Over time, many of the AHPs filed for bankruptcy, and, as a result, sweeping changes were mandated in the 1990s that almost made AHPs extinct.

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Listen Brothers & Sisters

I was sitting at my desk busily working on a printable conference brochure when I heard an older gentleman’s voice echoing from down our long corridor hallway. He was asking questions about the shelf life of his home fire extinguisher. I hear Marc instruct him on pressure checks, so I stumble my way out of my office and introduce myself. I explain to him that although home extinguishers do not come with an expiration date, the recommendation is between 5 to 15 years, and if you cannot remember when you bought it, it is best to replace it. I excused myself and stumbled back to my office. I heard the gentleman tell Marc that he too was a volunteer firefighter for Franklin before the department went full-time.

Next thing I know the gentleman is sitting in my office and we began talking about volunteer service and the topic of PTSD comes up. He tells me that his neighbor, a friend of his, was also in public service and that he had just committed suicide not long ago. I can see the pain in his eyes when he tells me that he just cut the grass and blew the leaves off the porch of his neighbor’s home even though he is gone. I can hear his pain when he tells me he just spoke to his neighbor’s brothers and family members offering them his shoulder and words of kindness.  I can feel his pain as he shares stories of conversations he had with his neighbor about how he dealt with stress and I can see his eyes light up with nothing but love for the neighbor he considered a son.

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WEMSA & ORH Listening Sessions

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of accompanying the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health (ORH) on a Rural EMS Listening Session tour across the North-woods. ORH provided a platform for rural EMS to describe their work and the condition in which they operate. These Listening Sessions were conducted with the hope that WI Legislators, municipal/county leaders, and state leadership will listen to their needs, struggles and ideas for solutions.

 

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You've Spoken and We've Listened

You’ve Spoken and We’ve Listened.

Less is more. Less emails but more content. That’s why we have created the WEMSA Connection as a bi-weekly email newsletter to bring our members only the important EMS news and updates, locally and nationally. This will combine a lot of emails that go out to reduce how many emails our members receive from us.

In addition to the WEMSA Connection, WEMSA Staff have started the WEMSA Blog. You’ll hear opinions and dialogue from our WEMSA Staff, WEMSA Board, and even interviews of leaders, professionals, and experts in the industry. Our staff has a diversified background with both direct and indirect experience in EMS, including areas of business, marketing, education, and operations.

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