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Current events lead us to believe Obama's needed health care reform will finally come to pass. Being that both sides of the issue are interested in cutting costs, there's an independent, alternative and affordable health care company which provides a good model for progressive, preventative protection to residents of the state of Oregon. It's called the Natural Health Plan.
According to the insurance company, Clear One Health Plans, Inc., "The Natural Plan is ideal for individuals who have the desire to treat the whole person (mind, body, spirit), are focused on health and fitness, yoga and other fitness products, green living, personal development, and those who follow Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS)." This, plus its dreamy, seemingly affordable, alternative medicine coverage (think: massage therapy) has left this Brooklyn blogger/yogini envious.
In addition to offering a more traditional comprehensive medical plan that includes physician services for illness, hospital, maternity, mental health, emergency and prescription drug services, it puts holistic medicine at the fore with special emphasis on naturopathic medicine, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, and nutraceuticals (vitamins and minerals).
According to Ruth A. Rogers Bauman, Executive Vice President of Corporate Analytics and Government Programs of Clear One Health Plans, the plan isn't one of these trickster conventional medical plans that deceptively offer alternative care yet charge the individual on top of their regular premium either. She's quoted saying,
"Currently individuals who want alternative health coverage have to purchase a medical plan as well as an additional alternative care rider or supplement plan to meet their needs. Clear One's Natural Plan offers members the convenience of both alternative care and other medical services included in one plan. Members will pay fixed co-pay amounts for the services they obtain from the alternative care provider of their choice while having the added security of comprehensive medical coverage for unexpected illnesses and injuries."
The organic cherry on top? Monthly premiums start as low as $83 for ages 20 and under, $95 for ages 20-29, $124 for ages 30-39, $169 for ages 40-49, and $240 for ages 50 and over.