Dachshund Reading Newspaper by C. Reichert, 1900's via ebay
Design*Sponge has an excellent summary on what The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, means to you by George Geldin, the owner and operator of Geldin Insurance Services.
Individual enrollment begins October 1, 2013 for guarantee issued health insurance.
"Guarantee Issue" means you can acquire health insurance without answering any questions regarding your health history. Someone with Cancer, for example, can sign up for coverage as easily as someone with no health issues, and all applicants in the same age group, living in the same zip code will be charged the same rate for the same plan. In addition, all pre-existing conditions will be covered on day one of the coverage.
If you live in California and make between $14,856 and $44,680, you are eligible for a government subsidy to purchase your coverage.
I am sad to report that Gwendolyn Huneck, Stephen Huneck's widow, died on Sunday. She was a fierce advocate for Stephen's legacy and for keeping Dog Mountain, their Vermont gallery and sanctuary, open to the public after he committed suicide.
The gallery stated, “Gwen became a beacon for people who had lost loved ones and pets and we think she absorbed a lot of that emotion and she may have had difficulty in releasing it.”
On a personal note, Dog Mountain Gallery had recently started advertising on Dog Art Today. I was honored to hear that Gwen had read my blog and liked its message. It was bittersweet to go through Stephen's work and pick which one to use for an ad. Flowers and Butterflies (above) was one of my favorites. And, I was surprised that there were pieces I hadn't seen before. Gallery manager, Kim Daggett, said that they keep discovering new works to share. I hope that those works can sustain Dog Mountain and bring comfort to the Hunecks' friends and family during this heartbreaking time. Rest in peace.