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July 11, 2008

Finding Affordable Health Insurance
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Virtually all Americans have been impacted by the skyrocketing costs of health care. Many say there is no simple solution. But weve found an expert who has some great ideas for you. Then can the environmentalist movement make more progress on its own with less help from the government? We look into a trend known as civic environmentalism. Plus where theres smoke, theres fire. Unfortunately, there may not be firefighters.
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The Rising Costs of Health Insurance
Economist Paul Zane Pilzer, author of The New Health Insurance Solution talks about the rapidly increasing costs of health insurance and the declining number of employers offering it. He shares simple suggestions on how to find an affordable health insurance plan, and discusses the basics of Health Savings Accounts and prescription drug plans.
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Civic Environmentalism
The President of the environmental/conservation group Sand County Foundation Dr. Brent Haglund discusses "civic environmentalism;" an alternative to government-enforced regulations. He believes the environment is everyones problem, and that volunteers, landowners and businesses should get involved in joint conservation efforts on a local level.
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Volunteer Firefighters Wanted
Heather Schafer, Executive Director of the National Volunteer Fire Council discusses the decline in the number of volunteer firefighters across the nation. She explains the reasons for the decline, its dangerous repercussions, and how citizens can assist their local fire departments.
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