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Adria Gross from MedWise Insurance Advocacy – Speaking on Current & Upcoming Health Care Laws

February 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM, Adria Gross from MedWise Insurance Advocacy will be speaking about the Current & Upcoming Health Care Laws.  Refreshments; Free; Held at the Esplanade, 168 Red Schoolhouse Road,  Chestnut Ridge; For details, contact Carolyn Geiger, Tel. 574-4950; avi@avi-eyes.org;  www.avi-eyes.org.

Established in 1973, the Association for the Visually Impaired (AVI) assists people who are visually impaired,  blind or deaf-blind. They help all ages living Rockland and Orange Counties by providing rehabilitation and counseling services in their own homes and communities. As a not-for-profit organization, these services enable their clients to  lead as independent a life as possible through recognizing individual  preferences and specific needs.

“All services are at no cost to the person,” said President Laura Geberth. “The Association for the Visually Impaired is a non-profit organization that recieves funding from the Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, the Offices for the Aging in both Rockland and Orange counties and Rockland County Legislature. AVI also relies on donations and contributions and also runs fundraiser throughout the year to raise money that helps us continue to provide these free services.”

Each of AVI’s 160 volunteers are matched to their respective clients based on interest and skills. These volunteers help clients with reading, groceries, bills, transportation, etc … There is even a driver and vehicle for AVI.

“The transportation program is very unique,” Geberth said. “Our major focus is medical appointments.”

AVI has helped those  from birth to over 100 years old. Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Juliana Albertie currently works with two clients over 100. AVI receives about 300 new adult referrals every year and 65 children between birth to 3-years-old.

Some of the free services offered by AVI are:

  • Educational support group that meets in Rockland and Orange counties.
  • Counseling.
  • Cane skills.
  • Evaluating the home for safety and navigating home terrain.
  • Employment placement program.
  • How to use specialized equipment such as a Closed Circuit TV and a Perkins Brailler.
  • Transportation program.

For more information, go to their website or call 845.574.4950. Their office at 260 Old Nyack Turnpike, Spring Valley, NY 10977 is open Monday – Friday 9-5.

Every 1st & 3rd Thursday, 11am-12:30pm: Social & Educational Support Group
for the Visually Impaired – Association for the Visually Impaired. Featuring guest
speakers and refreshments; Free; Held at the Esplanade, 168 Red Schoolhouse Road,  Chestnut Ridge; For details, contact Carolyn Geiger, Tel. 574-4950; avi@avi-eyes.org;  www.avi-eyes.org.

 

 

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Adria enjoys being a medical bill advocate and I believe this is the key to her outstanding success.

When you are overwhelmed by your medical bills and you would like to have a meaningful conversation about the charges you are faced with and what can be done about resolving them, call Adria. Talking with a person who cares about finding a way to help your family is such a wonderful feeling of support. Her enthusiasm to listen to your concerns and then investigate the best way to approach your bills becomes an uplifting experience, rather than one that is beating you down.

Adria offers a high level of customer service. She answers her phone and works on your case herself!

She works on weekends!

She lets you know when you will hear from her and she often gets back to you sooner then she anticipated.

She is upfront about her billing and tries to estimate how much time the case may take her.

She sent the contracts immediately and started to work immediately.

She takes each case personally and listens to your needs, asking a lot of good questions to understand every detail of your case.

Adria depends on years of experience to get heard by the right person and keeps persisting until she gets the answers she needs. She knows where to push to get money back finding errors in the bills you have been presented. She knows how to appeal to the bill collector's human side and helps them to understand what you can afford. She understands the personality of the people she needs to deal with and can speak their language making it easier for them to help your family.

On top of everything, she takes time to chat with you about your life and listens. She also shares heartbreaking and heartwarming stories of other families in similar situations with you. She is a fantastic storyteller and it is a privilege to listen to her life accomplishments and experience.