Welcome to the HelpHOPELive blog!

A new year brings new opportunities and challenges. In 2014 the entire landscape of health care in the United States will be transformed in many ways as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues. Meanwhile, new technology will allow for improved independence for those who have been catastrophically injured, and treatment advances will improve the outlook for many people battling serious illness. Transplant procedures will continue to evolve as discoveries in stem cell research and regenerative medicine expand treatment options.

With all this progress, some things won’t change. People who are dealing with an injury or illness and those who need transplants will continue to encounter unexpected and uninsured expenses related to the medical care they need. Families will be forced to choose between putting food on the table and paying for treatment, devices and lifestyle modifications. Communities will need a place to turn to for reliable and timely resources and information – knowledge that can help rally support around those who need it most.

For 30 years HelpHOPELive has been showing community volunteers how to bring together a network of relatives, friends and neighbors in fundraising efforts to help people in need cover the costs of uninsured medical expenses. This year, we are taking a new approach to social media and we want you to be a part of the effort.

It’s not about us. It’s about you.

For many of our patients, caregivers and volunteers, it’s often difficult to find reliable information about a transplant, injury or illness. It can be hard to keep up with the policies and technologies that are quickly advancing and transforming our health care system. Each month in 2014 our new blog will focus on a topic of interest to our constituents, and we’d love for you to contribute!

In January we are focusing on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the issue of uninsured medical expenses in the United States. In February, we’ll turn our attention to issues related to heart transplant in honor of American Heart Month. March content will be split between kidney transplant information as we recognize National Kidney Month, and resources for people affected by a traumatic brain injury for National Brain Injury Awareness Month. In this effort, we’ll share expert resources and provide insight from our own experience and from our constituents.

To start, follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page. If you have a resource you’d like to share or are willing to post your own comments about a topic, don’t hesitate to say hello and include the hashtag #HelpHOPELive in your social media posts. Our goal is for this blog to become an essential resource with expert perspectives on important issues and updates from our organization and the amazing people who support us and who use our services.

We look forward to chatting with you, and wish you the best in 2014!

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