Saturday, November 22, 2008

Do you want to use your Insurance & Flexible spending benefits before it is too late?

Do you want to use your Insurance & Flexible spending benefits before it is too late?

First of all...Happy Thanksgiving (almost)!
At this holiday season, there is no more appropriate time for us
to say Thank You for allowing us to play a role in your health and
to express to you and yours every happiness for the joys of this
beautiful season and health throughout the coming year!

The end of the year is quickly approaching and soon it will be 2009!
Most Deductibles reset at the end of the year .
Most Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) do not carry over to the next year.

The saying is, "use it or lose it".

Now is the time to schedule any doctors appointments for your
health, diagnostic tests, or get any health related equipment/supplies
needed before 2009.

Everyone's Health Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings accounts, and HRA's work differently.

Please research and understand how your benefits work so you can make the best use of your health benefits now and in the future.

**Please consult your individual health plan or human resources dept for more details on your specific situation.

See below for more detailed information on:

-Health Insurance
-Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
-Health Savings Account (HSA)
-Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)

I will continue to keep these newsletters short and sweet.
Thank you for reading.

If you have follow up questions or suggestions e-mail us at
Please feel free to forward this to family or friends.

yours in health,

Dr. Weisz, D.C.

Chiropractical Solutions & Massage

Click here:

Call: 773 - 598 - 5851

E-mail: with any questions or comments

**The best way to maintain health is to eat well, exercise, get regular Chiropractic adjustments to maintain alignment and a healthy nervous system as well as Massages for a healthy muscular system.

Detailed information on:

-Health Insurance
-Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
-Health Savings Account (HSA)
-Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)

*source information included from Wikipedia

Health insurance

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From Wikipedia,

The term health insurance is generally used to describe a form of insurance that pays for medical expenses.
It is sometimes used more broadly to include insurance covering disability or long-term nursing or custodial care needs.
It may be provided through a government-sponsored social insurance program, or from private insurance companies.
It may be purchased on a group basis (e.g., by a firm to cover its employees) or purchased by individual consumers.
In each case, the covered groups or individuals pay premiums or taxes to help protect themselves from high or unexpected healthcare expenses.
Similar benefits paying for medical expenses may also be provided through social welfare programs funded by the government.

By estimating the overall risk of healthcare expenses and developing a routine finance structure (such as a monthly premium or annual tax)
that will ensure that money is available to pay for the healthcare benefits specified in the insurance agreement.
The benefit is administered by a central organization, most often either a government agency or a private or not-for-profit entity operating a health plan.[1]

A health insurance policy is a contract between an insurance company and an individual. The contract can be renewable annually or monthly. The type and amount of health care costs that will be covered by the health plan are specified in advance, in the member contract or Evidence of Coverage booklet. The individual policy-holder's payment obligations may take several forms[7]:

  • Premium: The amount the policy-holder pays to the health plan each month to purchase health coverage.
  • Deductible: The amount that the policy-holder must pay out-of-pocket before the health plan pays its share. For example, a policy-holder might have to pay a $500 deductible per year, before any of their health care is covered by the health plan. It may take several doctor's visits or prescription refills before the policy-holder reaches the deductible and the health plan starts to pay for care.
  • Copayment: The amount that the policy-holder must pay out of pocket before the health plan pays for a particular visit or service. For example, a policy-holder might pay a $45 copayment for a doctor's visit, or to obtain a prescription. A copayment must be paid each time a particular service is obtained.
  • Coinsurance: Instead of paying a fixed amount up front (a copayment), the policy-holder must pay a percentage of the total cost. For example, the member might have to pay 20% of the cost of a surgery, while the health plan pays the other 80%. Because there is no upper limit on coinsurance, the policy-holder can end up owing very little, or a significant amount, depending on the actual costs of the services they obtain.
  • Exclusions: Not all services are covered. The policy-holder is generally expected to pay the full cost of non-covered services out of their own pocket.
  • Coverage limits: Some health plans only pay for health care up to a certain dollar amount. The policy-holder may be expected to pay any charges in excess of the health plan's maximum payment for a specific service. In addition, some plans have annual or lifetime coverage maximums. In these cases, the health plan will stop payment when they reach the benefit maximum, and the policy-holder must pay all remaining costs.
  • Out-of-pocket maximums: Similar to coverage limits, except that in this case, the member's payment obligation ends when they reach the out-of-pocket maximum, and the health plan pays all further covered costs. Out-of-pocket maximums can be limited to a specific benefit category (such as prescription drugs) or can apply to all coverage provided during a specific benefit year.
  • Capitation: An amount paid by an insurer to a health care provider, for which the provider agrees to treat all members of the insurer.
  • In-Network Provider: A health care provider on a list of providers preselected by the insurer. The insurer will offer discounted coinsurance or copayments, or additional benefits, to a plan member to see an in-network provider. Generally, providers in network are providers who have a contract with the insurer to accept rates further discounted from the "usual and customary" charges the insurer pays to out-of-network providers.

Prescription drug plans are a form of insurance offered through some employer benefit plans in the US, where the patient pays a copayment and the prescription drug insurance part or all of the balance for drugs covered in the formulary of the plan.

Some, if not most, health care providers in the United States will agree to bill the insurance company if patients are willing to sign an agreement that they will be responsible for the amount that the insurance company doesn't pay. The insurance company pays out of network providers according to "reasonable and customary" charges, which may be less than the provider's usual fee. The provider may also have a separate contract with the insurer to accept what amounts to a discounted rate or capitation to the provider's standard charges. It generally costs the patient less to use an in-network provider.

Flexible spending account

A flexible spending arrangement (FSA), or Flexible Spending Account, as they are commonly called, is one of a number of tax-advantaged financial accounts that can be set up through a cafeteria plan of an employer in the United States. An FSA allows an employee to set aside a portion of his or her earnings to pay for qualified expenses as established in the cafeteria plan, most commonly for medical expenses but often for dependent care or other expenses. Money deducted from an employee's pay into an FSA is not subject to payroll taxes, resulting in a substantial payroll tax savings.

The most common FSA, the medical expense FSA (also medical FSA or health FSA), is similar to a health savings account (HSA) or a health reimbursement account (HRA). However, while HSAs and HRAs are almost exclusively used as components of a consumer driven health care plan, medical FSAs are commonly offered with more traditional health plans as well. An FSA may be utilized by paper claims or an FSA debit card also known as a Flexcard.

An FSA allows money to be deducted from an employee's paycheck pre-tax and then spent on qualified expenses.

Use it or lose it
Any money that is left unspent at the end of the coverage period is forfeited back to the company; this is commonly known as the "use it or lose it" rule.

Health savings account

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a tax-advantaged medical savings account available to taxpayers in the United States who are enrolled in a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). The funds contributed to the account are not subject to federal income tax at the time of deposit. Unlike a Flexible spending account (FSA), funds roll over and accumulate year over year if not spent. HSAs are owned by the individual, which differentiates them from the company-owned Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) that is an alternate tax-deductible source of funds paired with HDHPs. Funds may be used to pay for qualified medical expenses at any time without federal tax liability. Withdrawals for non-medical expenses are treated very similarly to those in an IRA account in that they may provide tax advantages if taken after retirement age, and they incur penalties if taken earlier. These accounts are a component of consumer driven health care.

Proponents of HSAs believe that they are an important reform that will help reduce the growth of health care costs and increase the efficiency of the health care system. According to proponents, HSAs encourage saving for future health care expenses, allow the patient to receive needed care without a gate keeper to determine what benefits are allowed and make consumers more responsible for their own health care choices through the required High-Deductible Health Plan.

Opponents of HSAs say they worsen, rather than improve, the U.S. health system's problems because people who are healthy will leave insurance plans while people who have health problems will avoid HSAs. This however is just a rehashing of the criticism of current health insurance coverage where the young and healthy are forced to pay higher premiums to subsidize the old and sick. There is also debate about consumer satisfaction with these plans.

Health Reimbursement Account

HRAs are initiated by the employer and serviced by a third-party administrator or plan service provider.[citation needed] The employer may provide in the HRA plan document that credit balances in an employee's HRA account can be rolled over from year to year like a savings account.[citation needed] The employer decides if the funds are rolled from year to year and how much rolls over (which can be either a flat amount or a percentage).
According to the IRS, "employees are reimbursed tax free for qualified medical expenses up to a maximum dollar amount for a coverage period"[1]. HRAs reimburse only those items (copays, coinsurance, deductibles and services) agreed to by the employer which are not covered by the company's selected standard insurance plan (any health insurance plan, not only high-deductible plans).[citation needed] These arrangements are described in IRS Section 105.[citation needed]
Qualified claims must be described in the HRA plan document at inception, i.e., before reimbursing employees for those medical expenses.[citation needed]
Arrangements (medical services, dental services, co-pays, coinsurance, deductibles, participation) may vary from plan to plan, and an employer may have multiple plans in place, allowing much flexibility.
The employer is not required to prepay into a fund for reimbursements, instead, the employer reimburses employee claims as they occur.[citation needed]

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

DR. WEISZ’s SUCCESS STORIES from Chiropractical Solutions in Chicago

DR. WEISZ’s SUCCESS STORIES from Chiropractical Solutions in Chicago

Your condition is probably listed below.
We hope someday you have a chance to share your Testimonial too!!

“Dr. Weisz is the most caring doctor I ever had. I never really felt like any of the other doctors I went to cared about me as a person, but he really showed that.

I remember that a few hours after my first visit, Dr. Weisz called me to see how I was feeling. That was when I realized that he cared about me as a person and that I wasn’t just another patient. That experience has always stuck with me, and I always tell people about it every time I talk about Dr. Weisz. I suffered with Neck pain, Mid back pain, Low back pain, pain in both hands, wrist pain, and forearm pain. All the little things he did made me feel really positive about myself, and I believe that positive thinking accelerated my recovery. He is the most genuine, sincere, and honest doctor I’ve ever had. Even if there was another doctor that knew more about my condition, I’d rather see him because he always made sure I left his office with a smile.

Thank you Dr. Weisz.

Jay P. Chicago, IL

I have been using Dr. Weisz as my chiropractor for a few months now and couldn’t be happier with the service I receive. I started going for neck and lower back pain and my life has almost been pain free since. The office is always pleasant, and the atmosphere there is very serene. They are always flexible with there schedule and are warm and friendly. I was very skeptical about seeing a chiropractor but am glad I decided to go with an open mind. You couldn’t find a nicer place to go if you tried.

Debbie R. Chicago, IL

“Dr. Weisz, I know that I have thanked you in person for all that you have helped me with in improving my health, but I felt though I did not express enough of my gratitude and I wanted to take the time to do that. The accident I had with my ribs put a huge strain on my back, which was already in bad shape from my scoliosis and reversed curve in my neck. After spending almost a year going to tons of doctors and excessive physical therapy and not getting any better, I was really beginning to lose hope that I was never going to be able to get my back into a condition where I could maintain it and not be in pain. I am so thankful that right when I was ready to really give up and start taking pain killers, I was able to find you. You immediately gave me hope with your positive attitude and I really felt at ease with how thorough and concerned you were right from the beginning. It was very difficult for me to be going through all of this alone given that I am at school halfway across the country from my family and I wanted you to know how appreciative I am that I know that you sincerely care about how I am doing. The way that you have helped me is exactly why I hope to someday be a chiropractor myself.

Also I wanted to thank you for the unexpected relief that I have been getting with my acid reflux. I have not taken my medicine for a month now and I had really anticipated that I was going to have to be on my medicine for the rest of my life. I am only 21 years old and I was on a really high dosage of medicine to keep me from having to get surgery and it is extremely exciting that I may not have to go down that road. Once again thank you for all that you have done for me, you will always be in my prayers.

Daniella D. New Jersey

“I had annoying back, neck, and shoulder pain. Everything I did seemed to aggravate the pain, like sitting, driving, sleeping, and it made everyday living a chore. Chiropractic care has provided such a relief, especially with driving and sleeping! Waking up in the morning is now actually tolerable.”

Arelis R. Chicago,IL

“My main problem was lower back pain. My muscles were extremely tense and it caused everyday discomfort at work,driving, and during athletic activities. After Chiropractic care I have felt AMAZING! The muscle tenderness decreased quickly, movement became more fluid, and I am now working on building strength through my whole back. YES!…I would recommend another to see Dr. Weisz!!

Lindsey D. Chicago,IL

“My main problem was plantar fasciatus. Every step was painful and I had problems walking. After Chiropractic care I felt Wonderful! Dr. Weisz has a professional approach, is very reassuring, and has an amazing touch. He treats you by first explaining the problem, what approach/treatment he is administering. Frankly, I was cured with the treatment he provided much quicker than I anticipated. Dr. Weisz is a true “cut above”. I would absolutely recommend another person to see Dr. Weisz and felt he is the best of the best.”

David D. Chicago, IL

“My main problem was a slipped disc between the 3rd and 4th vertebrae and pain between my back and down my left leg. I could not sleep or walk hardly at all. After Chiropractic care, the problem seemed like it never happened. Of course! I would recommend another person to see Dr. Weisz.”

Ed. W. Lincolnwood,IL

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Chicago Chiropractor in Lincoln Park/Lakeview area

Chicago Chiropractor in Lincoln Park/Lakeview area

About the Chiropractor:

Dr. Jeremy Weisz, D.C.

Doctorate in Chiropractic:
Logan College of Chiropractic, Valedictorian

Bachelor of Science Studies:
University of Wisconsin at Madison, Biochemistry
Logan College of Chiropractic, Human Biology

Awards and Recognition:
Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude
Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) Scholarship
Academy of Missouri Chiropractors Scholarship
National Board of Examiners Scholarship
Radiology Department Award for Diagnostics and Clinical Competence
National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Specialized Training:
Treatment of pregnant women at the Pain and Pregnancy ward at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St Louis.

Lecturer: Dr Weisz has spoken on various health related topics at national and local organizations, including various accredited massage schools, universities, church groups, YMCA, etc.

Professional Membership:
Illinois Chiropractic Society

Background Information:

Dr. Jeremy Weisz’s background studies were in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and then went on to attend Chiropractic school in St. Louis. He excelled as the valedictorian of his graduating class and received numerous honors in clinical, academic, and diagnostic excellence.

Many ask…Why did Dr. Weisz decide to become a Chiropractor?

Chiropractic has been a part of Dr. Jeremy Weisz’s life since an early age. His father, who was afflicted with Neck pain, pain down his shoulder and arm, and numbness/tingling in his finger tips, had imbalanced muscles and joints in his spine. After years of pain, he eventually saw dramatic results through seeing a Chiropractor. This, together with other Chiropractic experiences and a fascination for the sciences, influenced Dr. Weisz to pursue a career as a Doctor of Chiropractic.

Dr. Jeremy Weisz specializes in back pain, neck pain, sciatica (leg pain), headaches, and pregnancy related back pain, among other musculoskeletal conditions. He has performed thousands of treatments on a spectrum of individuals including: professional football players, marathon runners, professional wrestlers, professional dancers, pregnant women,children of five years of age to seniors all the way up to the age of 92 years old with aches and pains, and everyone in between.

To schedule an appointment or for any questions that you or a family member may be having,
contact Dr. Weisz via e-mail at or 773-598-5851.

GO TO WWW.DRWEISZ.COM for more information

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Barack Obama Elected President of the United States

Barack Obama Elected President of the United States

It is a very exciting time for the US and healthcare since one of the centerpieces for Barack Obama's campaign was the healthcare system. We will see how his administration will take on some of the challenges in Chiropractic and Medicine. We will wait and see how his future plans effect Chiropractic care and our patients.

You can go to see some of the proposed policies at:

Here is a brief description on their homepage:

  • Barack Obama will make health insurance affordable and accessible to all:

    The Obama-Biden plan provides affordable, accessible health care for all Americans, builds on the existing healthcare system, and uses existing providers, doctors and plans to implement the plan.

  • Obama will lower health care costs:

    The Obama plan will lower health care costs by $2,500 for a typical family by investing in health information technology, prevention and care coordination.

  • Promote public health:

    Obama and Biden will require coverage of preventive services, including cancer screenings, and will increase state and local preparedness for terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

Please feel free to post any comments as we would like to hear your opinions.

Have a good day.

Chiropractical Solutions Staff

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

What are 5 of the Healthiest Foods for you to eat EVERYDAY?



& Massage

What are 5 of the Healthiest Foods for you to eat EVERYDAY?

1. Oranges (or orange juice): A great source of folic acid,fiber, antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin C, and anticancer compounds flavonoids and carotenoids. Drink fresh orange juice; eat fresh oranges for snacks; make fruit salad with oranges, and toss peeled orange sections into a spinach salad.

2. Dark Leafy Greens
: Full of anticancer compounds, vitamins and minerals. Contains folic acid to help prevent neural-tube birth defects, antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin C, fiber, and anticancer compounds beta-carotene and lutein. Try spinach, collard greens, kale, turnip greens. Eat raw or lightly cooked. Use in salads and stir-fry.

3. Bran Cereal (or other rich source of wheat bran): Prevents constipation, is a potent anticancer agent, prevents polyps, may fight breast cancer by diminishing estrogen supplies. Mix in with your other cereals, make bran muffins, sprinkle on salads, mix into casseroles, even eat out of hand with a mix of raisins and nuts.

(low fat, with live cultures): Supplies calcium to prevent osteoporosis, boosts immune function, fights bacteria, has anticancer properties, may prevent yeast infections. Make fruit and yogurt smoothies, top vanilla yogurt with fresh fruit and granola, use on baked potatoes instead of sour cream.

5. Green tea
:Mounting evidence supports green tea's cancer fighting properties, most likely due to it's anti-oxidant content. Boosts metabolism and aids in weight loss or maintenance. Drink your green tea either with or without caffeine, either hot or iced. Most studies showing the weight loss benefits of green tea were designed with green tea being consumed with meals.

References: thank you toSue Gilbert at for the information

If you want the next Newsletter to contain the worst foods you can eat then please e-mail us.

CONGRATULATIONS TO our Patient of the month:

November patient of the month: LORRAINE

We will give you your gift on your next visit and CONGRATS!

Each patient of the month was rewarded because of the following:
-kept their appointments as advised under their treatment plan in order to get better
-referred others to get better with Chiropractic and Massage
- followed through with home exercises and/or nutritional instructions to stay healthy

I will keep these newsletters short and sweet so you can get the point at a glance!
Thank you for reading.
If you have follow up questions or suggestions for the next newsletter then please feel free to e-mail me at
Please feel free to forward this to family or friends.

yours in health,

Dr. Weisz, D.C.
Chiropractical Solutions & Massage

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Call: 773 - 598 - 5851

E-mail: with any questions or comments

**The best way to maintain health is to eat well, exercise, get regular Chiropractic adjustments for alignment and to maintain a healthy nervous system as well as Massages to maintain a healthy muscular system.

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MASSAGE Special:

$35 one-hour Massage & Consultation
($120 value)
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2 Easy steps to schedule your appointment:

1. Email with your name, phone #, & best 2 times/days M-Sat.

Within 12 hours you will receive a confirmation email. You can also call 773- 598-5851 to make an appointment.

2. Show up and enjoy your Consultation & Massage for $35!

Street parking is plentiful & the Diversey bus & Diversey Brownline stop are close by.
Your consultation and one hour massage is tailored to reduce stress, decrease muscle tension, and promote healing.

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