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"Taking the Dis Out of Disability with Emotional Intelligence." Because Every Life is a

I was first sponsored by a Life Insurance Company to get into the Insurance industry in 2006 for very personal reasons: saving the life of a family member. I had learned so much from the patient side, I thought “Why not get licensed?” I have been going BANKRUPT trying to do this ever since.

Taking the Dis Out of Disability

When my sponsor packed his things & left Houston, I thought “Medicare – that’s what I will do. Medicare.” So I spent five years starving to death trying to do Medicare at a Private Insurance Company with a government contract to provide Medicare coverage to senior citizens.

Agents get solicited for recruitment all the time. Before long, I was recruited by a private insurance company that does Employee Benefits, so I thought, "Ok, there's not a lot of caring in Medicare, let's try this."

I have signed on to do employee Benefits Counseling again this year, but honestly I am SO DESPERATE to get out of Insurance it just is NOT FUNNY. I am going broke trying to do this for a living. Read more at www.revolvingdoorhr.com/employeeretentionandteambuilding

“Putting the Caring Back in Health Care” Isn’t just a signature for my email address, it’s a way of life for me – always has been, still is: at least from the patient-side.

My inspiration for trying to start this little business at www.RevolvingDoorHR.com is my more than a decade of experience trying to provide CARE to others.

What has occurred to is that the entire Medical Community all the way down to the Health Insurance Industry is a HUGE part of the problem in the way they speak, in the way they teach & the way they “lead by example” – an example of WHAT NOT TO DO.

Medicare & the Private Insurance Companies that offer Medicare coverage had the opportunity to teach the public about the benefits offered by the various Plans available by COMMUNICATING it the right way: they chose the WRONG WAY.

EXAMPLE: The Medi/Meds.

Insured that are both over the age of 65 AND Low Income are eligible for both Medicare & Medicaid.

Some of my early teachers made a valiant effort to coin the term “Medi/Med”

Industry-wide, the bad decision was made to refer to this class of insureds by the much more aggressive, obnoxious & adversarial term “Dual Eligibles,” Then came the advertising – OMG.

Many of these companies took “dueling” to an all-time-low in their Enrollment Kits, in their printed material, in their Advertising Campaigns that actually PICTURED BOXERS IN A BOXING MATCH – “dueling!!!”

Teaching it WRONG.


Starting FIGHTS in the Medical Community.

OMG. OMG. OMG – How fast can I RUN???

And the Medi/Meds? What happened to those of us who preferred the more EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT term Medi/Meds???

I can only speaking for myself, but I got the brilliant idea to try Employee Benefits Counseling.

Ahhhh – “I’m safe from the DUEL ELIGIBLES” “No more Medicare PART A, PART B, PART C & all this PART, PART, PARTING all over the place.

My experience there with Medicare Advantage Plans, Medi-Gap coverage & Medicare Supplements did give me solid foundation & deep understanding of Voluntary Benefits in the world of Employee Benefits that I was now entering.

The world of Cancer Plans & Critical Illness Plans. Long & Short Term Disability Plans that protect people from BANKRUPTCY in the event of a Medical catastrophe. These Voluntary Employee Benefits function the same as Medicare Supplements to help pay Co-Pays & Deductibles until the Major Medical Plan begins to cover expenses.

Enter the CANCER people & their Advertising.

EXAMPLE: MD Anderson Cancer Hospital: FIGHTING CANCER.

In my humble opinion, the Medical Community has an OBLIGATION to calm fears & not panic the public when their patients have just been handed a Death Sentence: CANCER.

MD Anderson Cancer Hospital has the MOST AGGRESSIVE, PANIC-INDUCING, FEAR-MONGERING OBNOXIOUS ADS that I have ever seen on TV.

When we, the viewing public turn on our TVs, how does this make us feel???

The more EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT way to advertise their services to the public would be in “Making Cancer History” by CURING CANCER.

Can you hear the difference???



I prefer CURING over Fighting.

If it Language that we object to, may I suggest that we choose our words in a more Emotionally Intelligent way that calms our fear & reassure us that we’re taking CARE – that it will be alright?


When we take the “dis” out of Disability, we do it FOR THE RIGHT REASONS: Because every life is a life worth living.

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