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You’re Invited to a Book Launch Party!

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

My new memoir, Something to Prove: A Daughter’s Journey to Fulfill a Father’s Legacy, is going to be available from my publisher a couple weeks earlier than originally scheduled. And I wanted to do something special for friends, family, and fans to mark its arrival in bookstores.

So, if you’re in the New York/New Jersey area, I hope you’ll come celebrate with me at my Book Launch Party, on the 4th Floor of the Palisades Center Mall, Tuesday, December 14, between 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

We’ll have a special section of the café blocked off for the event. I’ll give a little talk, just to bring everyone up to speed on the genesis of this book, and its predecessor, The Ditchdigger’s Daughters. I’ll read from the book, and sign copies. (I can also personalize the signing for anyone who you might want to give the book as a Christmas present). And if the event isn’t too crowded, we should also get plenty of opportunities to mingle and chat a bit.

So, please, come join me, and share this special day. Coffee, pastries and other goodies will be available. I look forward to seeing you there. Time, place and other details are below:

Something to Prove: A Daughter’s Journey to Fulfill a Father’s Legacy
The Palisades Center Mall
4416 Palisades Center Drive – 4th Floor
West Nyack, NY 10994
Exit 12 off the New York State Thruway. (Get driving directions here.)

– Yvonne S. Thornton, MD, MPH

New Rules on Health Insurance Keep Insurers Honest.

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Starting in 2011, health insurance companies will be limited in how much they can charge you for insurance. If you work for a large employer, your health insurer will have to use at least 85 percent of your premiums to pay for actual health care or activities that improve health care quality. If you’re self-employed or work for a small business, your health insurer will be required to use 80 percent of your premiums for health care and improving health care.

That means that health insurance companies can no longer divert more than 20 to 25 percent to profits, or salaries, or marketing, and other overhead.

How much will this affect you? Potentially, a great deal.

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), told reporters at a press event that some health insurers currently spend less than 60 percent of premium revenues on health care. And that drives up your costs for health insurance:

“Those overhead costs contribute little or nothing to the care of patients and to the health of Americans. And while some administrative costs are certainly necessary, we believe that they have gotten out of hand. And that’s going to change in 2011.”

But what if health insurance companies fail to follow the new regulations? Starting in 2012, if your insurer doesn’t spend 80 to 85 percent of revenues on health care or activities that improve health care quality, you’ll be due a rebate on your premiums.

It’s about time that consumers had some clout when dealing with health insurance companies, and I applaud these changes. I also look forward to hearing your stories about how the new health care law affects you and your family. Has the new law helped your family get or keep health insurance? Get better care? Please let me know in the comments section.

– Yvonne S. Thornton, MD, MPH

Come See Me – and Get a Signed Copy of Something To Prove

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

I’ll be signing copies of my new memoir, Something to Prove: A Daughter’s Journey to Fulfill A Father’s Legacy, in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and beyond, starting in January 2011.

The list of book-signings and other appearances is on my website and will be updated as new events are added. I hope you’ll check often, to see when I’ll be visiting near you. Come say hello, tell me your stories and I’ll share mine. And I’ll be delighted to sign your copy of Something to Prove when we meet.

– Yvonne S. Thornton, MD, MPH

My Memoir, Something To Prove, Will Be Available in Time for Christmas!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Something to Prove: A Daughter’s Journey to Fulfill A Father’s Legacy, my new memoir, was to be officially published at the end of December. However, I just learned that the publisher is going to be shipping books earlier than that – in time for gift-giving at Christmas.

So, if you’re looking for a Christmas present, especially for anyone who is a fan of The Ditchdigger’s Daughters, you will be able to find Something To Prove in your local bookstore by December 14th.

Or just order online at either Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and you can have it gift-wrapped and shipped directly.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy for yourself as well. And please write to me and let me know your thoughts.

– Yvonne S. Thornton, MD, MPH