Thursday, March 27, 2008

You are invited to The Soup to Nuts Progressive Dinner Carnival

Dear Health Plans Plus Readers

I am proud to be one of the hosts of the Soup to Nuts Progressive Dinner Carnival. For those of you who write blogs, participating in blog carnivals is a great way to meet other writers in the blogosphere and as a result increase traffic to your blog. The Soup to Nuts Carnival will take place on April 30th, and Health Plans Plus Blog will be hosting the first course right here at See below for more information on how to contribute your blog posts to the Soup to Nuts Carnival.

{Enter}Blogospherians in the know, those who value the social aspects of blogging above all, participate regularly in carnivals. There's no better way to promote your site and to connect with other bloggers.The latest, greatest innovation is the:

Soup To Nuts
Progressive Dinner Blog Carnival.

The way a progressive dinner works is...

You start out at one house or restaurant to have hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, then move on to a different one for appetizers, and continue moving from place to place all the way through dessert.

Soup To Nuts combines the power of blog carnivals with the adventure of a progressive dinner, while adding a dash of whimsy.

You can enter as many as five posts in the Soup To Nuts PROGRESSIVE DINNER Blog Carnival. If you wish, you can enter a single submission; or two or three or four or five.

How does it work that you can submit multiple posts to one carnival; and why would you?---(-)->

You could say, Soup to Nuts is FIVE CARNIVALS in one. All five are connected, to make one megacarnival. <-(-)--- Remember, there are five different host blogs involved. If you submit five posts, every one of the host blogs will have a link to your site. Entries are being accepted NOW. Don't be one of the people who come to enter late; to find they have no seat at the table. {Enter}

Dinner is being served 30 April

No entries will be accepted after 11:59 pm, Saturday, 26 April
Entries are being accepted NOW

The Rules...

---(-)-> Only English language posts will be accepted.

---(-)-> It's a FREE FOR ALL! - meaning you can submit posts on any subject, no matter when they were written.

---(-)-> No posts with titles that include profanity or pictures of a sexual nature.

--(-)-> Posts will not be accepted from blogs that publish primarily adult-oriented material; that means no sex blogs.

---(-)-> Please do not submit the same post for more than one course.

The individual portions, in the progressive dinner, are referred to as courses. The lineup for the second Soup To Nuts PROGRESSIVE DINNER Carnival:

The Hors d'oeuvres & Cocktails course...will be served by Soham at
The Soul And The Witness. {Enter} - Choose hors d'oeuvres category or email your name as you want it to appear, blog/url and post/url to - subject line: progressive dinner.

The Appetizer course...will be served by Nicole at Musings Of A Manic Mom.{Enter} - Choose appetizer categoryor email your name as you want it to appear, blog/url and post url to - subject line: progressive dinner.

The First Course...will be served by Helene at Health Plans Plus.{Enter} - Choose first course category or email your name as you want it to appear, blog/url and post url to - subject line: progressive dinner.

The Main Course...will be served by Dana at Simple Pleasures.{Enter} - Choose main course categoryor email your name as you want it to appear, blog/url and post url to - subject line: progressive dinner.

The Dessert Course...will be served by Kilroy_60 at The Gonzo Papers.{Enter} - Choose main course categoryor email your name as you want it to appear, blog/url and post url to - subject line: progressive dinner.

We would appreciate your help in promoting the Soup To Nuts Progressive Dinner Blog Carnival. Please email the url of your promotional post to - you will receive links back in future announcements by the hosts.This is a unique event. Please follow the format of this post to make the submission process as easy as possible for all involved.{Enter}

Gap in Life Expectancy Widens for the Nation

Once more we are reminded of the healthcare crisis that we have here in the United States. In an article in the March 23, 2008 edition of The New York Times, the author states that: “New government research has found ‘large and growing’ disparities in life expectancy for richer and poorer Americans, paralleling the growth of income inequality in the last two decades.”

According to the article, from 1966 to 1980, the gap in life expectancy between rich and poor actually decreased. It is not surprising that this same period saw the creation of Medicaid and Medicare, the growth of community health centers, the “war on poverty,” and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

According to Dr. Singh, a demographer at the Department of Health and Human Resources, the wealthiest Americans could be expected to live 2.4 years longer than those in the most impoverished groups (75.8 years vs. 73 years). By 1998 to 2000, this gap had widened to 4.5 years (79.2 years vs. 74.7 years), and it continues to grow. Even more alarming, the contrast between certain groups was much wider. The difference between poor black men and affluent white women was 14 years (66.9 years vs. 81.1 years).

Several reasons were given for this wide difference in life expectancy between rich and poor. One of the reasons cited was that lower income people were less likely to have health insurance. This meant that they were less likely to receive checkups, diagnostic tests and screenings, prescriptions, and adequate treatment. It is not uncommon to hear stories of patients cutting their pills in half because they can’t afford their prescription medications.

This disparity in health care should not exist in a wealthy country like the United States. Not only has the cost of medical care, hospitalization, and prescription drugs risen steeply, but health insurance has become unaffordable unless you are either wealthy or work for a large company.

If you are either uninsured or underinsured, consider AmeriPlan. We have 4 different health plans to choose from: Dental Plus, Basic Health, Total Health, and Total Health Plus. For a low monthly fee, these plans save your family up to 80% on all health care services. For more information visit: If you are unable to afford your prescriptions and can qualify financially, you may be able to receive your medications for free with the AmeriPlan Prescription Advocacy Program. For more information visit:

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Great News! AmeriPlan $25 Business Opportunity Extended to March 31st

In a previous blog post (see my February 3, 2008 post below), I wrote about a special opportunity to start your own health care benefits business with AmeriPlan for just a $25 startup fee. I have some great news; the $25 promotion has been extended until March 31, 2008. So, if you did not have the opportunity to start your AmeriPlan business last month, you now have until 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time to get started for just $25.

As a reader of this blog, you know that we have a serious health care crisis in the United States. There are over 47 million Americans who do not have any health insurance. Health insurance has become unaffordable unless you work for a large company. Even among those individuals and families who do have health insurance benefits, many are underinsured. Insurance companies can even drop your coverage if you become ill. If you are self employed and even have a minor pre-existing condition, you can be denied coverage. It seems as though those who need health insurance most are unable to either afford it or obtain it.

Why the AmeriPlan Business Opportunity?

As an AmeriPlan Independent Business Owner, you will have the opportunity help individuals and families save money on their health and dental care with our affordable discount health and dental plans. In addition to our Dental Plus, Basic Health, Total Health, and Total Health Plus plans, AmeriPlan offers discounts on diabetic supplies, hearing aids, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontia, lasik eye surgery, cosmetic surgery, and alternative medicine. To read more about our discount health plans visit and how they can help you save money visit:

What do you receive for $25?

Every new Independent Business Owner receives the following:

1. A Fantastic Marketing Kit which will include Brochures, DVDs, Forms, and a $50 certificate for additional sales aids and supplies.
2. 5 Websites to market your business.
3. Personal one on one training and mentoring.
4. training from the best in the industry.
5. Dental, Vision, Prescription, and Chiropractic Benefits for your entire household.

Other Benefits:

1. Set your own hours! Work from home!
2. Be your own Boss!
3. Earn true residual income and make what you are worth!
4. This business is willable and sellable.
6. Help others everyday get the healthcare they desperately need!
7. Help others work from home just like you, so that they can spend more time with their families.

Why AmeriPlan?

AmeriPlan is a 16 year old company. We are the nation’s largest discount health benefits company and are members in good standing of the Consumer Health Alliance, National Association of Dental Plans, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Health Underwriters. We have almost 2 million satisfied members nationwide. From the comfort of our home, we offer a service that allows people to save money on their healthcare costs…which is very rewarding.

For more information:

To start your career in the health benefits industry, simply visit: to explore the opportunity. Feel free to call me 24/7 at 800-635-3394. To get started today, visit: and hit the red Join Now button. Just complete the online application and you will receive your AmeriPlan Independent Business number. I will be in contact with you to help you get started.