You have the opportunity to help NeverShoutNever with something musicians desperately need: healthcare! ROCK FOR HEALTH is giving you the chance to sponsor your favourite band’s healthcare for one year! Maybe you’ve bought CDs, t-shirts, and travelled far and wide to see them play, but now you can do something unique and personal for Christopher Drew, the band, and their crew!
You’re probably wondering…how can I help?! See the link below, and check out our auction. The winning fan will be improving the lives of an entire band and crew for one year. The auction starts at $360, which covers the band’s monthly healthcare fee for an entire year. Additional proceeds benefit Rock For Health, which is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. NeverShoutNever has catered their own prize pack specific to the winner of their auction. Prizes Include:
- 1 limited edition autographed Never Shout Never skateboard
- 2 giant 24 x 17 inch autographed Never Shout Never posters
- 1 copy of the Summer EP
- 1 copy of the out of print YIPPEE EP
- 2 VIP tickets to a Never Shout Never concert (excluding NYC area shows)
- meet and greet session with the band before the show
- 1 NSN t-shirt
- a thank you phone call from the band
- autographed copy of their upcoming 2010 full length signed by the
- band (mailed to you on release date)
Rock For Health will include for the winner:
(2) Rock For Health T-shirts
(2) Rock For Health Stickers
(2) Rock For Health Wristbands
(2) Rock For Health Buttons
Because the auction prizes are time sensitive, immediate payment through PayPal is required, otherwise, early tour dates will not be eligible to the winner. Payment must clear before prizes can be received. All prizes from the band will be received at the date of the winner’s choice (excluding NYC area shows). Prizes from Rock For Health will be mailed directly to the winner. The donation is tax deductible and the winner will receive a receipt for tax purposes.
Transportation to and from the event, as well as lodging, are the responsibility of the winner of this auction.
If you are the winner, please include your name, phone number and email when making the payment. You will be contacted to make arrangements within one business day of payment. Thanks for reading, and happy bidding!
Sprains and Strains
A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament. Ligaments are tissues that connect bones at a joint. Falling, twisting, or getting hit can all cause a sprain. Ankle and wrist sprains are common. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising and being unable to move your joint. You might feel a pop or tear when the injury happens.
A strain is a stretched or torn muscle or tendon. Tendons are tissues that connect muscle to bone. Twisting or pulling these tissues can cause a strain. Strains can happen suddenly or develop over time. Back and hamstring muscle strains are common. Many people get strains playing sports (and also being a rockin’ musician! –Ed). Symptoms include pain, muscle spasms, swelling and trouble moving the muscle.
At first, treatment of both sprains and strains usually involves resting the injured area, icing it, wearing a bandage or device that compresses the area, and medicines. Later treatment might include exercise and physical therapy.
If rest and ice do not improve the sprain or strain seek medical attention as special exercise and physical therapy may be needed to ensure a full recovery.
Fractured and Broken Bones
A fracture is a break, usually in a bone. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open or compound fracture. Fractures commonly happen because of car accidents, falls or sports injuries (again, also because of over-rocking’-out). Another cause is osteoporosis, which causes weakening of the bones. Overuse can cause stress fractures, which are very small cracks in the bone.
Symptoms of a fracture are:
- Out-of-place or misshapen limb or joint
- Swelling, bruising or bleeding
- Intense pain
- Numbness and tingling
- Limited mobility or inability to move a limb
You need to get medical care right away for any fracture. You may need to wear a cast or splint. Sometimes you need surgery to put in plates, pins or screws to keep the bone in place.
What is unique in the world about the U.S. health care system is the dominance of the private element over the public element. In public programs, the United States offers Medicare and Medicaid services. The private element offers employer-sponsored and private non-group insurance. Employment-based health insurance continues to be the predominant source of coverage for the non-elderly population. Almost two-thirds (62.7%) of the non-elderly population had employment-based health insurance in 2005. Of the total population of people with health insurance, 7% of the population purchases individual plans. The services available through privately owned insurance are similar to those provided through employers; average premiums are generally somewhat higher than those for employer-sponsored coverage but vary by age and occupations. Deductibles and other cost-sharing (a portion of service cost not covered by the plan) are also higher, on average. Musicians and artists are usually generalized as an “at-risk” population. The “at risk” assessment is based on legitimate occupational health risks mentioned before. Another reason insurance companies do not insure artists is because of biases created by the hypothesized decadence of art culture.
Private health insurance plans vary greatly in their benefits to customers. More expensive plans will give the customer the more choice. Being able to choose your doctors is vital with regards to one’s health. One of the major initiatives of ROCK FOR HEALTH is giving the musicians a choice. ROCK FOR HEALTH customers deserves top medical care for the dangerous health risks on tour.
A private health insurance policy is a basic agreement between a customer and the insurance company. The insurance companies manage the customer’s care and act as an intermediary between them and the medical doctor. The more a customer pays the better insurance he or she will have. America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) –a national association representing nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage – claims that managed care is nearly everywhere in America. Nearly 90% of insured Americans are now enrolled in plans with some form of managed care.
Two major Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) are Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs). Both of the major MCOs have advantages and disadvantages over each other.
The basic difference between HMOs and PPOs is the cost. HMOs prevent large out-of-pocket expenses for its customers, while with PPOs, the customers will have to pay higher deductibles and will pay a lot of out-of-pocket expenses. The concept of ‘you get what you pay for’ applies to the difference between HMOs and PPOs. In the HMO system, customers are restricted within a certain network of doctors stated within the insurance agreement. The HMO customer is given a primary physician, who is responsible to act as a general doctor for most injuries and diseases. If the primary doctor cannot treat their patient then the doctors will refer their patient to other doctors within a limited network. The customer cannot step outside the network unless approved by the primary physician and it is sometimes difficult finding certain speciality doctors within the network. In a PPO, the customer has access to a bigger network of doctors and they do not need the authorization to seek other doctors outside the larger network. In the PPO system, doctors have agreements with the insurance companies for providing discounted services to insurance companies clients. Customers are not limited to the doctors within the PPO network and have the ability to seek the best care and top specialists in America. The ability to go directly to a specialist is beneficial to customers because they receive immediate care by specialists and do not need to wait for primary physician referrals.
The PPO system tends to have better doctors within the network because the doctors within the network do not want to accept the minimum payments that HMOs companies offer. An HMO system works by pre-paying the doctors for providing care to their clients. This idea of pre-payment is called capitation and is defined as a specified dollar amount a physician gets, for a given time period, to take care of the medical needs of a specified group of people. The amount the doctor gets for a patient is a fixed monthly payment and does not increase on the patients’ unknown visits. This means that if a patient needs a considerable amount of care, and the worth exceeds the fixed monthly amount, then the money could come from the doctor’s budget instead of the insurance companies. Instead of capitation, PPOs uses a fee-for-service method. The fee-for-service method usually attracts better doctors because the payment is guaranteed and usually more.
Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder. It causes panic attacks, which are sudden feelings of terror for no reason. You may also feel physical symptoms, such as:
- Fast heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Breathing difficulty
Panic attacks can happen anytime, anywhere and without warning. You may live in fear of another attack and may avoid places where you have had an attack. For some people, fear takes over their lives and they cannot leave their homes.
Panic disorder is more common in women than men. It usually starts when people are young adults. Sometimes it starts when a person is under a lot of stress. Most people get better with treatment. Therapy can show you how to recognize and change your thinking patterns before they lead to panic. Medicines can also help.
Also called: Clinical depression, Dysthymic disorder, Major depressive disorder, Unipolar depression.
Depression is a serious medical illness that involves the brain. It’s more than just a feeling of being “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days. If you are one of the more than 20 million people in the United States who have depression, the feelings do not go away. They persist and interfere with your everyday life. Symptoms can include:
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
- Change in weight
- Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
- Energy loss
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Depression can run in families and usually starts between the ages of 15 and 30. It is much more common in women. Women can also get postpartum depression after the birth of a baby. Some people get seasonal affective disorder in the winter. Depression is one part of bipolar disorder.
There are effective treatments for depression, including antidepressants and talk therapy. Most people do best by using both.
On Sunday, September 13, San Diego based band A City Serene was involved in a major traffic accident resulting in all six members being air-lifted to area hospitals with life-threatening injuries. The band, who had just released their Debut EP, The Art of Deceiving Perception was on tour travelling north on Interstate 5 near Bakersfield when a truck travelling the opposite direction lost control, crossed the median, and hit their bus head-on. The incident shut down the freeway in both directions while crews cleared the accident and allowed life support to land. All band members were sent to different hospitals, the closest being nearly three hours from San Diego.
To assist with the financial burden this tragic event will pose to the band’s families, A City Serene fund (click here) has been set up through PayPal, allowing friends and fans to donate anything they can to the cause. A City Serene ranging in age from 19-22, include singers Xander Bourgeois and Carly Baker, guitarists Kris Renfro and Michael Sherman, bassist Michael Koch, and drummer Mike Buxbaum. The band was looking forward to playing their already scheduled homecoming show in San Diego, CA at SOMA on October 3, which will continue on in their absence with all proceeds raised going directly to the families of the band members. More information can be found www.SOMAsd.com.
Band representatives, friends, and families are asking for the support of fans at this time to help spread the word about the tragedy, donate to the fund, and stay up to date on new developments.
Please check back for more information on what you can do to help through ROCK FOR HEALTH.
Music exists because of the artists creating it. Record labels exist because of the artists creating that music. The employees of record labels (everyone from the mailroom guys to the CEO) all have health insurance and benefits. Yet – these people all have jobs because of the artists. The artists see no benefits, no health insurance, nothing. Musicians are not seen as employees of a record label. They are “temps” – temporary employees – because of the record contract that they sign. They sign their career and lives over to these labels, which help develop it and help it grow. Nine times out of ten, a band will break up or cancel tours due to prevailing health issues.
ROCK FOR HEALTH is a non-profit organization that seeks to educate artists on health issues, provide necessary medical information and be an advocate for musicians in regards to health insurance coverage and long-term care. A population that is better informed about its health care coverage options will be better able to access needed care. ROCK FOR HEALTH will inform musicians on a wide variety of health issues including preventative health services, social, mental and occupational outreach. Through leadership, communication, and partnerships, ROCK FOR HEALTH is dedicated to the creation of a healthy musical environment in which artists and performers can perform at their peak physical and mental abilities. Without healthy musicians, we will not have music that is created to its highest potential. Sick artists cannot tour. ROCK FOR HEALTH wants to make their life and music healthy by helping them address health problems before they escalate into thousands of dollars worth of hospital bills.
Today, health insurance companies often consider musicians and artists an “at risk” population based on legitimate occupational health risks – road travel, hearing damage, and repetitive stress disorders. Many times, insurance companies stereotype artists because of the way that they look and the generalized idea of “sex, drugs, rock and roll.” Musicians who lack health insurance will very often delay or forgo health care until situations get desperate. At moments of crisis, they are forced to use hospitals, emergency rooms, and trauma centres to seek treatment instead of addressing health problems at a point when less expensive interventions were possible. As a result, the musician as a patient can very easily run up huge medical bills that can put them in thousands of dollars of debt, sometimes causing the band to break up.
Sunstroke/Heat Illness is also called: Sunstroke
Your body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating just isn’t enough. Your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels and you can develop a heat illness. Most heat illnesses occur from staying out in the heat too long. Exercising too much for your age and physical condition are also factors. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are most at risk. Drinking fluids, replenishing salt and minerals and limiting time in the heat can help.
Heat-related illnesses include:
- Heatstroke – a life-threatening illness in which body temperature may rise above 106° F in minutes; symptoms include dry skin, rapid, strong pulse and dizziness
- Heat exhaustion – an illness that can precede heatstroke; symptoms include heavy sweating, rapid breathing and a fast, weak pulse
- Heat cramps – muscle pains or spasms that happen during heavy exercise
- Heat rash – skin irritation from excessive sweating