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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Judge Halts Illinois’ Version of the HHS-Abortion Mandate


by Steven Ertelt | Springfield, IL | LifeNews.com | 1/15/13 4:05 PM 

A pro-life legal group today says a state judge in Illinois has halted the Illinois version of the Obama-HHS abortion pill mandate, that requires religious companies to pay for drugs for their employees that may cause abortions.

Today, Judge Terence M. Sheen of the DuPage County Circuit Court granted Triune Health Group’s motion for a temporary restraining order against Illinois’ contraception mandate, which forces coverage of abortifacients and contraceptives in group healthcare plans.

The Thomas More Society said the temporary restraining order comes on the heels of a preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve. That restraining order granted Triune Health Group temporary relief from the federal HHS mandated healthcare coverage of abortifacients, sterilizations, and contraceptives.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Businesswoman Keeps Faith Amid Threats to Religious Freedom

By Michelle Bauman

Washington D.C., Jan 11, 2013 / 06:04 am (EWTN News)

Facing challenges to religious freedom has helped one Catholic businesswoman grow in her convictions as she works to puts her principles into practice.

“It has clarified and intensified so much of what we do on a day-to-day basis,” said Mary Anne Yep, co-founder and vice president of Triune Health Group.

In a Jan. 9 interview with EWTN News, she explained that she was relieved and “filled with gratitude” to receive an initial court ruling protecting her company from the demands of the federal contraception mandate.
Yep helped found Triune Health Group in 1990, along with her husband, Christopher, who is the company’s president and CEO.

Read more here!


Friday, January 11, 2013

Catholic owners of healthcare company win injunction against HHS mandate

CHICAGO, Jan. 3, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Roman Catholic Owners of an Illinois healthcare management business are celebrating after winning an important first victory in their battle against the Obama administration’s HHS birth control mandate.

Today the Federal District Court in Chicago issued an order temporarily blocking the Obama administration from enforcing the mandate on Triune Health Group and its owners, Christopher and Mary Anne Yep, while litigation continues.  Read More...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

 
Amanda Ortman, a member of the Vocational Team at TRIUNE Health Group, has closed another file which resulted in a job placement.  In this case, Amanda was working with an Injured Worker (IW) who had been employed his entire adult work life as a Union Pipefitter.  He resided in rural Indiana.  He had a back injury and restrictions to medium work.  He was referred for placement roughly one year post-injury. 

The case had been referred to TRIUNE Health Group previously in early 2011 for a LMS based on the work history and the aforementioned restrictions.  The LMS indicated that without significant re-training that the IW would only be capable of entry level wages.  The Account attempted to resolve the file, but when they were not able to do so the file was re-opened.  The IW obtained a Class B Drivers License (the Account reimbursed this cost) and the IW initially expressed interest in obtaining a Passenger Endorsement as well.  This openness later changed and the IW began to show compliance issues with placement efforts.  The IW also noted that he no longer wished to get the Passenger Endorsement as he “could not handle a position where there were passengers”.  There did not seem to be a logical rationale for this change of heart.

Amanda persisted in the area of driving given the IW’s obtaining of the Class B license and previously stated interest in this area.  The IW was able to obtain employment as a driver for a Physical Therapy facility transporting patients (there was no requirement for a Passenger Endorsement).  The IW is being paid an appropriate entry level wage for the position and is receiving full benefits.  There is opportunity for advancement.  A case that could have been headed in the direction of an Odd Lot Total and Permanent should now be resolved as a wage loss case.

As the year wraps up and the need to clean off those troublesome files from your desk becomes more pressing, we at TRIUNE Health Group would be happy to provide Vocational Services on your behalf.  Please contact us at:  800/633-0884 and ask for Stephen Sprauer, Vocational Services Manager or visit our Website at www.triunehg.com to make a referral.

Stephen L. Sprauer MS, CRC, CDMS
Manager of Vocational Services

TRIUNE Health Group

Amanda Ortman has successfully concluded another file that is going to close as a placement result. In this case, the injured worker (IW) had been employed as a firefighter/paramedic with additional "dated" work experience as an assistant manager in a retail setting. The IW was 37 years of age and had sustained a cervical disc herniation, head contusion and had ongoing issues with headaches. The IW had been released to medium level work, which precluded his RTW with the municipality where he was employed.
During the initial meeting with the IW, he reported that he was moving to Texas and Amanda was asked to handle the file/job placement effort on a long distance basis by our account. Job Seeking Skills Training (JSST), Job Development and all other aspects of the handling of this file were completed over the phone or via electronic communication means.
As everything related to this file needed to be handled, "long distance" the file was open for upwards of 7 months. The IW secured an Area Supervisor position with a national retail department store chain at a competitive wage for this type of work. Amanda was persistent and aggressive in her expectations for the IW and this clearly affected the outcome of the case.
Amanda and every member of the Vocational Team at TRIUNE Health Group would welcome the opportunity to be of assistance to you.


 
Less than a year before Thomas Kinkade’s tragic death, he released a painting titled “Selfless Service,” which would be one of his last. In it, the “Painter of Light” depicts a fireman stepping out of ashes and smoke into a shaft of light, turning from the disaster back to his truck, symbol of his duty, for perhaps an-other rescue job or a well-deserved rest.
The artist’s explanation of his painting begins: “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” He notes that this type of selfless love forms the “foundational bonds that undergird and inextricably link our nation.”
The painting, released last year before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, memorializes the selfless sacrifice of our “beloved first responders.” It salutes the virtue expressed by the “Firemen’s Prayer,” written in 1958 by A.W. “Smokey” Linn after a particularly difficult fire in which three children died trapped behind window security bars.
“Give me the strength to save a life,” the firefighter prays, even if “I am to lose my life.”
This selfless attitude may seem more proper to the heroes of this world, but any one of us could echo his prayer in regard to our own lives: “I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me, to guard my every neighbor and protect their property.” We can live this same virtue because we all have opportunities for service that, although they may not be life-threatening, demand a similar level of selflessness.
Perhaps some of us would rather die than to give up our pride, our plans, comfort, laziness, or money. We may generally accept the idea of service, but not the “selfless” nature of it. Thus we may satisfy ourselves by giving from our excess, rather than giving what we find more costly and more personal.
For example, this Christmas season, we may give a “safe” amount of money to charity, something that sooths our conscience but doesn’t require us to sacrifice an extra self-indulgence. Or we may limit our holiday socializing to safe, superficial topics, without sharing our personal thoughts, insights and the beliefs that give hope and meaning to our lives.
The virtue of service calls us to go further, to give of ourselves in a personal way, to share our human experience rather than a collection of Confucius-style advice or media-popularized opinions.
It prompts us to give those things that we think we need, for those who need them more. It inspires us to give even when no one else is watching to praise and admire us.

We laud the selfless service of firefighters who rescue countless lives from the horror of lethal flames. Yet all around us, there are people who are living the pain of a different kind of flame. They might be watching their homes and families go up in smoke due to financial or interpersonal “fires.” They may feel surrounded and trapped by destruction with no idea of how to escape.
Kinkade himself, who dedicated his career to inspire joy and peace in others and transmit life-affirming messages through art, met his death under tragic circumstances earlier this year. After a relapse of the alcoholism that plagued him, he died, separated from his family, at the age of 54 of an accidental overdose of alcohol and Valium.

Sometimes those who seem most successful on the outside are battling the most raging fires on the inside. They call for our help, a rescue, our selfless service.
Yet it is also important to go and meet them where they are. Thus, our action is not to change others according to our plans for them, but rather to do our best to offer them help when they are ready for it. We could look at it in terms of the service we expect from a fine restaurant: we want a waiter who is always there when we need him, and disappears when we want to enjoy our meal in peace. In the same way, we should anticipate the needs of those around us, try to help and serve, while not interfering or becoming a nuisance in their lives.
Those who are suffering around us can-not offer a reward, because they do not know if they will have anything left to give when the fire burns out. In this case, virtue is its own reward. When we give, we receive.
Life takes on a new meaning when we live it in service of others. Perhaps “a life of service” should be touted right up there with “skydiving” and “bungee jumping,” because it is an extreme experience you shouldn’t miss out on if you really want to “live it up.”
Practicing the virtue of selfless service this month will do more for your Christmas spirit than more lights on your house, candles around your home, gifts under the tree, and types of cookies on your table. This is what Christmas is all about, a time when we celebrate the birth of one who came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Venite Adoremus! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers!
Genevieve Pollock M.S. Clinical Psychology
Action Items
  • What type of crises or life experiences mark your past? Sickness? Death of a child? Addiction? You are uniquely qualified to help those who have passed through similar events. Share your story with someone who is still struggling.
  • In the workplace or at home, do an act of service that no one will see. Resist the temptation to take credit for it later.
  • Imagine today that every customer and client will give you a tip after you meet with them. Serve them in a way that you would if you were rewarded monetarily.

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, one of the greatest speeches in American history, was an act of surrender.  What else could a man do in such a moment of crisis, as our nation, not even a century old, was tearing itself apart from the inside out? He gave this address on the bloodiest battlefield of the Civil War, where northerners and southerners, self-proclaimed enemies of the same family, were now united again in death.
This war, Lincoln said, was a test, to see whether a nation “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” could endure. He consecrated the battleground as a cemetery  for all those Americans from both sides who surrendered their lives so that this nation could live.
Then he challenged his listeners to dedicate themselves to finish the work that these fallen soldiers “so nobly advanced.”
Lincoln called on the nation to follow in the same path of surrender, to “take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.”
He exhorted all Americans to re-solve in that moment “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
The president’s address, given 149 years ago this November 19th, was short but successful. History shows that the nation did in fact pass that test, and endured through that crisis.

Although the southern states gave the official surrender to end the war, the entire nation took part.
Americans on all sides surrendered their hatred, prejudice, anger, and pride. It was a long process, but every-one learned to give up a little of their individualism for the good of the nation. They put aside selfish goals in favor of unity, and sacrificed resentment for the sake of forgiveness. In this way, we are indebted to them for their surrender, which left our nation intact for the future generations.

Surrender, especially in times of war, is usually seen as a negative act (or a positive step when initiated by the enemy). In a few days we commemorate the big surrender that ended World War I -- one can only imagine what that day was like for the Germans who surrendered and the Allies who were declared the winners.
Yet, outside of these more dramatic examples in history, experience shows us that surrender is a necessary part of daily life and an important step toward personal peace.
As we go along in life pursuing our various goals, we often do not realize how selfishness and individualism can creep in. It is usually not until conflict comes that we suddenly see how our desire is opposed to someone else’s. The only way out of the conflict is for one or both parties to surrender.
This can happen often in relationships: trouble erupts when two people stand resolutely against each other, neither wanting to budge. It can also happen when one person, through egoism, pursues self-seeking goals at the expense of the common good. In these circumstances, it is key to know how to gracefully surrender, to give oneself up.
Surrender is opposed to selfishness; it can imply delivering over power or possession to another, or it can mean to give oneself up to some influence or course.
We know that we will not get our own way all the time. If we lack the capacity to surrender our will and our plans when necessary, we will experience more resentment, anger and fear.
In order to restore our serenity, we must be able to surrender our desires and let go of the need to be in control. There are a million ways to practice this in daily life as small frustrations and setbacks confront us. Remembering the bigger picture can help us to look be-yond the temporary sting of not getting what we want. It can help us to move beyond our-selves to a plane where we live for higher values, for the greater good.
Moments of surrender can be moments of refocusing our lives on what is truly important. It can be a time to ask our-selves if perhaps there is a greater plan for our lives that goes beyond our limited vision.
Like Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, it can be the key point that turns the tide in our own history, where we pick ourselves up from petty conflict to live for something greater. In this way we leave a legacy for those who come after us, a family and nation that will inspire gratitude in the generations to come.
Genevieve Pollock M.S. Clinical Psychology

Monika Dabrowiecka recently assisted in the Job Placement of a 54-year-old Injured Worker (IW) who had been employed as a Concrete Finisher for the past 16 years.  The IW was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease and was precluded from returning to his past job.  The IW was referred for Job Placement 16 months post his Date of Injury (DOI). 

The IW had some distant accounting work experience and actually possessed a BA Degree in Accounting.  The IW had worked as a Controller in the late 80’s.  The IW also had a valid real estate broker’s license.  In addition, the IW had 11 years of volunteer experience for various Churches and non-profit organizations.  The IW was not proficient in current software applications to qualify for accounting positions and in this case, the Account did not authorize funding for such training.  With the real estate market down-turn, the real estate license was not felt to be a viable full-time work option either.  Monika did refer the IW to several free basic computer courses in an effort to upgrade/update his skills.
 
Job Seeking Skills Training was provided for the IW and Monika assisted with Job Development on his behalf.  The IW was consistent in his Job Search efforts and showed a strong desire to RTW.  After numerous overtures and visits to a non-profit serving a developmentally handicapped population, the IW secured a full-time “Direct Support Person” position at a residential facility which offered competitive compensation and excellent benefits.
 
Placement efforts occurred over a 5-month period and at a cost of just under $9000.00.  Monika Dabrowiecka and the other members of the TRIUNE Health Group Vocational Department Team would welcome the opportunity to assist you on your next Vocational referral.

TRIUNE Health Group

800/633-0884