Author: Caitlin Hasler

How to get health insurance

Everyone needs some form of health insurance for themselves and/or their families. It is estimated that about 60% of bankruptcies are due to medical bills and over a six-year period approximately 137,000 American died from lack of health insurance. So, if you don’t want to be just another statistic there are a few things you should know. Look into your employers health insurance plan. The larger the group the more benefits that can be negotiated on your behalf.  Guaranteed issue: The insurance company must supply coverage for all applicants whose employment qualifies them for coverage. The insurance company also cannot raise the cost for an applicant who has a pre-existing condition.  Group health plans are guaranteed issue. If you, or a spouse, attend a university that offers a health insurance plan, that could be the right plan for you. Make sure you do your research as a basic coverage plan may not cover everything life throws at you. For example, BYU health insurance doesn’t include maternity coverage. You have to pay more for maternity coverage. Also as part of the new health care reform law, all young adults between the ages of 19-26 will have the option to stay on their parents’ health care plan. Medicaid is another option that is available for those in low-income circumstances. There is a lot of paper work and you will wait on the...

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“The Hit”

Bells, drums, saxophones, trumpets, trombones and ukuleles. The small cast of the brand new show “The Hit,” at the Hale Center Theater Orem all played instruments throughout the production. According to director Christopher Clark, during the audition process actors were asked what instruments, if any, they played and then the musical segues were composed around those instruments. These musical interludes were used to distract the audience during scene changes and added theatrical flair to the production. “The Hit” is a brand new play from Mike Buckley, and has only been performed twice, once in San Diego and now in Orem.  The show follows antique shop owner, Susan whose death is imminent. Rather than endure her ailment, she hires a novice hit man, taking out a contract on herself. Staged in an antique shop, the location only allowed for a flow of characters, but became a character in its own right. A new actor was introduced by picking up an item and exclaiming, “My grandmother had one just like this. . .” From start to finish the play’s sole purpose was to entertain. There was no need for deep, insightful commentary or understanding, it just provided entertainment in its purest form. Playwright, Mike Buckley, thought of this play like lemon meringue pie. “It’s sweet and full of flavor, but doesn’t give much substance. You can’t make a diet of lemon...

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In the India Palace

A warm smile and open arms greeted us as we walked through the doors of India Palace. “Hello, hello good friends!” Almost all business owners are happy to greet their customers, but Amrik Singh and his wife Kulwinder treat their patrons like dear old friends. My husband and I are led straight to a booth and high chair for our 15-month-old son, Eli. Amrik hands us our menus while Kulwinder plays with our boy. Everyone at India Palace is family. Some are related through blood or marriage, with others “adopted” into the family and treated as nieces and nephews. The Singhs have been in the restaurant business for nearly 30 years.  Amrik’s father-in-law owned a restaurant in India where Amrik worked for almost 14 years. After moving to Provo, Amrik started working in another Indian restaurant prior to opening India Palace. The Singhs have operated the India Palace’s for almost four years. None of India Palace’s recipes are kept secret. Amrik loves teaching anyone how to cook authentic Indian food in their home. He has had friends and customers, two synonymous titles in his mind, come into his home to learn how to cook Indian cuisine. As Amrik and I are talking about recipes, Kulwinder took Eli over to the fish tank and even held him while she was talking to other customers. The atmosphere of India Palace is...

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When School Isn’t Out for Summer: How To Survive Summer Classes

Summer classes provide students with a chance to make some headway in school. Fewer students, more parking, and accelerated classes are just a few perks. For those that opt to stick around, here are a few pointers. Be realistic. If you rock the night-owl life, a 7:45 a.m. class isn’t for you. If around 2:00 p.m. your body goes into siesta mode, you should take a nap, not a class. Walk/ride your bike to school. Not only will you be on your way to that summer beach body, you’ll avoid the projected $5/gallon gas prices. Classes progress quickly so keep a schedule. It should go without saying, but you will need to frequently check said schedule. If marriage or a vacation is in your summer forecast, let your teacher know. They can work with you so as not to derail your merriment with a failing grade. Just bear in mind that this is their summer as well; so don’t harangue your teacher everyday. Keep it within reason. Don’t forget to have some fun! School might not be your quintessential summer activity but you should try and make the best of it. Most teachers will cut out unnecessary busy work and remember it’s only 7 weeks. You can endure anything for 7 weeks, right? Summer classes are a great way to catch up, get ahead or start in an academic...

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