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Aug 30, 2013, 15:00 ET from ProfNet

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  • Court Orders that Benefits Be Paid to Policyholder in Persistent Vegetative State
  • Recent HIV Outbreaks in the Pornography/Adult Film Industry
  • How to Highlight Artwork
  • More Effective and Less Toxic Cancer Treatment for Children
  • Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation for Pediatric Cancer
  • Understanding Medicaid in New York


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Court Orders that Benefits Be Paid to Policyholder in Persistent Vegetative State
Lisa Kantor, Esq.
Kantor & Kantor
"The decision in the case of Ana Martinez v. The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows Employee Benefit Trust Employee Welfare Plan highlights the importance of holding insurers accountable for providing benefits to policyholders. It is unfortunate, but it is often true that insurers need to be ordered by the court to follow their own contractual obligations. Not only is this a victory for Ana Martinez and her son, but it is also a victory for Medi-Cal and therefore California taxpayers, who are not responsible for paying for medical treatment that Beverly Hills Hotel is responsible for."
Kantor, who is the founder of Kantor & Kantor, is available to speak about insurance denials as well as the verdict of this case. Kantor represents people denied health benefits for treatment of both physical and mental illnesses. Most recently, Kantor has focused her efforts litigating denials of medically necessary treatment for eating disorders. Kantor & Kantor is the only law firm in the country with a distinct eating disorder practice staffed with lawyers and other professionals experienced in the specific needs of people who have been denied benefits for residential care for eating disorder treatment.
Media Contact: Rachel Teicher,

Recent HIV Outbreaks in the Pornography/Adult Film Industry
David Mech
Shorts & Sandals Entertainment
"An ever-increasing risk that performers face is that of contracting sexually transmitted diseases."
Mech is available to speak to the social, psychological and economic impacts of performing in adult films. What makes people decide to become adult entertainers, how do they go about entering the business, what are their experiences in the business, and how do they deal with career options, finances and relationships once they exit the business? He can also discuss proposed regulations that would address current industry issues, including workplace health and safety, such as mandatory STD testing and condom use and job discrimination once performers decide to leave the industry and pursue conventional employment.
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Expert Contact: David Mech,

How to Highlight Artwork
Jayson Serrault
Lighting Expert
Batteries Plus Bulbs
"When hanging artwork in the home, one of the biggest challenges can be finding the right lighting to illuminate the piece's features properly. Depending on the type of lighting you choose, it can make the artwork appear washed out or too dark, thus there are many factors that should be taken into consideration when selecting the light bulb that will enhance the artwork."
If working on any stories that relate to decorating with art and selecting the best lighting options for your home and art, Serrault can provide in-depth tips about which lighting works best.
Media Contact: Chelsey Korman,

More Effective and Less Toxic Cancer Treatment for Children
Amy Bucher
St. Baldrick's Foundation
"Cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the U.S., with more than 13,500 children diagnosed every year. Childhood cancer takes the lives of more children than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined. Tragically, one in five children with cancer will not survive, and many children who survive suffer from heart failure, secondary cancers, infertility and other 'late effects' from the toxic treatments that cure them. As a parent of a child for whom cancer denied her future, her dreams and her life, I know how painfully critical it is to call attention to the lack of federal funding for pediatric cancer research and to support organizations like the St. Baldrick's Foundation that are working diligently to help children with cancer survive."
Bucher is available to discuss advocacy for increased funding of childhood cancer research, and advocacy for more effective and less toxic treatment for children with cancer.
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Contact: Jayme Owen, 

Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation for Pediatric Cancer
Jeffrey Lipton
Board Member, M.D., Ph.D
St. Baldrick's Foundation
"The five-year-old child who is cured of cancer may go on to great things and denying them the opportunity to do that denies society the potential of that child. We have to understand more about the biology of cancer in a very, deep and granular way. We then have to exploit that scientific knowledge to affect cures, and we have to be able to deliver those new therapies to patients. That is the daunting challenge of the next decade."
Dr. Lipton is available to discuss hematology, oncology and stem cell transplantation, as well as funding and the grant approval process. He is the director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at Cohen Children's Medical Center of N.Y. He is also a professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Medicine at Hofstra North-Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. He continues to ensure that the St. Baldrick's grant approval process adheres to rigorous standards put forth by the National Institute of Health.
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Contact: Jayme Owen, 

Understanding Medicaid in New York
Ronald Fatoullah, Esq.
New York Elder Law, Trusts & Estates Attorney
Ronald Fatoullah & Associates
"Often, people confuse 'Medicaid' with 'Medicare.' It is a common occurrence. Who is eligible? What are the requirements? How do you apply?"
Fatoullah, founder of Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, is available to explain the differences between Medicaid and Medicare and the steps required to apply for Medicaid in New York. He has been selected as one of New York's "Best Lawyers" in the fields of elder law, trusts and estates for seven consecutive years. He also serves on the executive committee of the Elder Law Section of the NYS Bar Association.
Media Contact: Carol Schell, 



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