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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                g Thuttdny W CSB 6254144 iiiion To submit tetters and guwt columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address isDLovedayOAOLoom reporters dont feel we are doing oar jtfcfritta we stafiiy rely oa what gOiUMKMt ays its intentions are We do tfdafc ft is oar job skeptical WinWer journalist 1994 Funny home videos Offensive video may reflect real attitudes at Republican National Committee It must be quite a video What are your qualifications the interviewer asks the buxom young job applicant For an answer she strips down to flimsy lingerie Im an a man but you still got the the gawking interviewer tells her In another scene a man sitting in a chair is apparently receiving sexual favors from a woman under the table A payperview soft porn movie Maybe something Phil Gramm invested money in years ago No mis little ditty was produced by the Republican Nation al Committee for its Christmas party last year and the inter viewer is Bill Greener Republican convention manager The disclosure of the tape is an embarrassment for the Republican party and the Republican National Committee in particular And it would be little more than an embarrassment if not for allegations from three female former employees who claim in a lawsuit mat the Republican National Com rters jn Washington is rife with lewd behav ior racism and gaybiashihg Considering what the leadership at the RNC feels is appro priate entertainment for a Christmas party it is easy to believe the womens claims have merit The leadership of the Republican National Committee could start to rebuild its credibility with an apology a simple acknowledgment that portions of the video were in poor taste But if what the former employees claim is the standard of conduct in mat office is true the RNC needs to do more than apologize It needs to clean house editorial written by City Editor Roger a us The tfeft Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion known factual errors Bhould be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald Zetiing bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone numbert which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the days k Mail letter to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311326 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung t Edtarand Publisher David Sullens Managing Editor Dougloveday Retell JackOsteen Accounting Manager Mary Lee Hall Carol Ann Avery Billy Parnell Roger Croteau PuWtihed on Suqfey rooming wd weekday roomings Tuesday through ftjday by the S New HtraUZeHung in New Bwnfcls Texp Mail delivery OMttkte goroal County in Texas three months six one outefcte Tews six months f 78 one year 51 Subiaibaf who a newspaper by p Friday orby730fun w Sunday W PT by 7 pjn U am KWIMAfflfiK SfOd to the Mw fraunfels HeraMZtitung f 0 Draw a 31132S New 781311328 Choose health plan carefully Whats fa Choosing a benefit plan in todays health care eu viHjmnent can be quhe confusing A concept called managed care has crept into oar society forced IB to learn a new vocabulary of health care jargon Managed care health plans include many dif ferent loads of health insurance All managed care plans place restrictions on access to medical ser vices some more man oners to lower costs to die plan Most plans take care of their membCTS through organized networks of preselected doctors hospi tals and other health care providers Managed care plans include health maintenance organizations point of service POS and preferred provider organizations These plans include features mat go well beyond the managed care in conventional insurance plans HMOs are more restrictive but cost less HMOs usually restrict patients to doctors and hos pitals who have a contract with the HMO If you seek medical care outside the HMOs network of hospitals and physicians the cost of your care usually wonfthe paid for unless the care was authorized ahead of time by the HMO or it was an emergency HMOs also require patients to obtain referrals from prima ry care physicians ie family practice pediatrician internal medicine before visiting a specialist POS and PPO offer more freedom A POS plan is an HMOtype plan that will allow a member to self refer to a specialist physician in the network without obtaining a referral from a prima ry care physician first However the plan usually penalizes the patient through much higher out of pocket expenses PPOs are die most similar to traditional indemni ty insurance Patients are allowed to visit any type of physician whetherprimary can or specialist with no restrictions Patients are covered whether they seek care within a1 outside be PPO network TTiey are giv en finandal incentives through lower copayments to seek innetwork care A Health Care Benefit PUn Checklist The rapid changes in health care can make choosing a health plan quite confusing When choosing an insurance plan it is important to weigh the benefits included in the health plain you choose with the costs of the plan Below is a simple checklist to use when evaluating your current health care plan I Access to Care Can you choose your doctor and hospi tal Does this plan offer access to doctors and hos pitals locally If you travel out of state can you be guaranteed that doctors and hospitals in the area you are traveling are in your plan If not your costs could be greatly increased Do you have freedom to seek specialty care or are you required to visit a pri mary care doctor family practice pediatrician internal medicine to obtain a specialty referral first II Insurance Plan Benefits What preexisting conditions are included in the plan and will they R Gay Bums limit the ability to seek covered treatment Whtt ii die lifetime maximum benefit of the policy iW win it limit me number of services or amount of time you may seek services Is there a dollar limit on any specific type of care such as mental health or bone marrow transplant services How is the doctor and hospital reimbursed on the plan and are they given incentives to provide the least expensive treatment first frt Quality of Services Check references before choosing a health plan How many members kft the plan last year and why What percentage of physicians in the plans net work are boardcertified Are other people current ly signed with the plan pleased with the turnaround time for preauthorization approvals and claims reim bursement Remember health insurance is purchased to pro tect you from the financial losses incurred from a cat astrophic illness not just coverage for routine pro cedures An understanding of how the system works can make a tremendous difference This consumer information was provided by Health Reach a Physician Hospital Organization composed ofMcKenna Memorial Hospital and 63 locally based physicians who work together to provide a complete system of quality health care services to the local community If you have a medical or insurance ques tion you would like addressed in this column please write to Health Reach 598 N Union Suite 320 New Braunfels 78130 R Gay Burns is executive director for Health Reach USt BORDER North Korea may have miscalculated ByTOMRAUM Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP President Clinton went to the Korean demilitarized zone on his first presi dential trip overseas and sternly warned the North that it would be the end of their country if they devel oped and used nuclear weapons North Koreas recent military incursions into the DMZ may be a way of tweaking Clinton who pays his second visit to South Korea next week for that provocative July 1993 performance While the true motives of the secretive communist regime in violating terms of the 43yearold armistice remain obscure any efforts by Pyongyang to try to wring concessions from the Clinton administration seem unlikely to succeed Clintons 1993 warning to the North made in the DMZ only feet from grimfaced North Korean border an effort by a new Democrat ic president to demonstrate solidarity with previous Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday April 11 the 102nd day of 1996 There are 264 days left in the year Todayf Highlight in History On April 11 1945 during World War II soldiers liberated the notorious Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald in Germany On tnii date In 1619 WHliam III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain In 1814 Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as emper or of France and was banished to the island of Elba In 1898 President McKinley asked Congress for a declaration of war against Spain In 1899 the treaty ending the SpanishAmerican War wss declared in effect In 191 Iowa became the first state to impose a cigarette tax In 1947 Jackie Robinson made his rnajoMeague debut playing in m between the Brooklyn Analysis administrations in dealing firmly with the Pyongyang government Now Clinton is seeking a second term and the pre sumptive GOP nominee Seriate Majority Leader Bob Dole pretty much agrees with him on pol Asia In fact with the exception of some disagreements on Bosnia and on Pentagoa weapons programs Clin ton and Dole are not that far apart on most national security issues Most of Doles disagreements arent with Clinton but with many younger GOP activists in Congress who favor a reduced commitment abroad and in the United Nations Dole is more of the inclined to support the president in foreign policy endeavors Last month when China launched military exer cises in the Taiwan Strait in advance of presidential elections in of its continued attempt Dodgers and the New York Yankees In 1951 President Truman relieved Gen Dou glas Mac Arthur of his commands in the Far East In 1953 Oveta Gulp Hobby became the first Sec retary ofHealth Education and Welfare In 1970 Apollo 13 blastea off on a mission to the moon that was disrupted when an explosion crippled the spacecraft the astronauts managed to return safe ly In 1979 Idi Amin was deposed as president of Uganda as rebels and exiles backed by Tanzanian forces seized control In 1980 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued regulations specifically pro hibiting sexual harassment of workers by sors In 1981 President Reagan returned to the White House from the hospital 12 days after be was wouiid ed in an assassination attempt Ten years ago Two FBI agents were killed in a wild shootout in Miami that also resulted in the deaths of two robbery suspects Five years The United Nations Security to stifle proindependence sentiment Clinton replied with strong rhetoric and by sending two Navy carrier battle groups into the region Dole called Chinas war games a test of Clinton but also said he supported the presidents steps North Koreas violations on three successive days of the 19S3 armistice agreement that halted the Kore an War comes in advance of South Koreas parlia mentary elections on Thursday and Clintons brief visit next Monday on his way to Japan and Russia officials theorized that the provocations were an attempt by Pyongyang to lure the United States to enter formal peace talks without South Korea sitting at the table North Korea did in fact get the United States to bargain with it directly in resolving the crisis over its nuclear program in 1994 and in winning the freedom of a helicopter pilot shot down near the border Now maybe theyre practicing DMZ said Helmut Sonnenfeldt an analyst at the Brookings Institution Council announced a formal end to the Persian Gulf War The space shuttle Atlantis landed safely after an extended 93orbit mission that included deploy ment of an observatory the musical Miss denounced by detractors as racist and sexist opened on Broadway One year ago President Clinton expressed sym pathy for Pakistans angerover the blocked sale of American fighter jets telling visiting Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto that it was not for the United States to keep the planes and refuse to give the mon ey back Todays Birthdays Fashion designer Oleg Cassinj is 83 Former New York State Gov Hugh Carey is 77 Ethel Kennedy is 68 Actor 1 Grey is 64 Actress Louise Lasser is 57 Syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman is 55 Actor Peter Riegert is49 Thought for Today Only the vanquished remember McLuhan Canadi an communications theorist   

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