END OF 2018 OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD (42 states)

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Personal

I'm saddened to report that my stepfather, Oscar Band, passed away early Sunday morning at the age of 99 1/2.

He was an incredibly kind and generous man who was a wonderful partner for my mother for over 23 years after my dad died, and I'll miss him terribly, but he lived a full and varied life to a ripe old age, and passed peacefully in his sleep in his own home, near loving family members. You can't ask for a better way to bow out.

When he became legally blind in his later years, Oscar was partnered up with a Leader Dog for the Blind named Mello, a beautiful golden retriever, who he grew to love more than anything on this earth.

Needless to say, this is going to be a busy week for me, so I'll probably be posting less frequently than usual for a few days.

If anyone would like to help honor Oscar's memory, I'd like to suggest a contribution to either of the following organizations:

Leader Dogs For the Blind
P.O. Box 5000, Rochester, MI 48308
248-651-9011

UPDATE 6/5/17: NO SITE UPDATES UNTIL WEDNESDAY, AS I'LL BE TRAVELLING TO/FROM D.C. FOR THE 2017 NIHCM FOUNDATION HEALTHCARE DIGITAL MEDIA AWARDS DINNER...

OK, this really isn't news (it's been public for several weeks now), but I was recently selected as one of seven finalists in the 3rd Annual NIHCM Foundation Health Care Digital Media Awards:

The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the health of Americans by spurring workable and creative solutions to pressing health care problems.

...The NIHCM Foundation Health Care Digital Media Award recognizes excellence in digital media that improves understanding of health care topics through analysis grounded in empirical evidence. The three-year-old award carries a $10,000 prize and is judged by an independent panel of experts: