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  1. A Social Worker’s Perspective on Medical Bills

    This week we will continue to look at how we can better gear up for the financial stress that will come our way in paying for CHD. We will analyze the topic through the eyes of Akina Takahashi, a Heart Center Social Worker. She offers us great advice on how to work with various professionals…

  2. Congenital Heart Disease in an Era of High Deductible Health Plans

    Hello readers! This week, we have a fantastic post written by Mr. Kinney of the Herma Heart Institute, on how patients and families can gain a little piece of mind and take control when the medical bills are rolling in. The journey of CHD can be overwhelming in many different ways, and medical bills is…

  3. Social Security Disability Benefits – Children

    Last week, we heard a patient’s story on the financial difficulties and challenges that come with CHD. This week we hear from another heart warrior, who comes with a hopeful message. Deanna Power shares her expertise with PCHA, and how patients of all ages may qualify for SSI. If your child has a congenital heart…

  4. The Ways we Pay for CHD

    The theme for August is finances, and how the families affected by CHD pay for all the healthcare that goes into a CHD patient. This month we will be sharing stories and advice from people of all walks of life who come with many different perspectives. This week we will hear from a patient who…

  5. 5 Ways Heart Families Beat the Summer Heat

    The summertime sunshine can be a welcome treat after a long winter, but it can also be dangerous. Many people with complex CHD have difficulty tolerating the summer heat. PCHA recently asked the CHD Community, families, and patients to share what they do to beat the heat. This is what they had to say!  …

  6. A 2nd Opinion: Finding the Right Care

    Although we know it’s not Thursday, this week we’re doing a throwback! We are always working on improving the transparency between patients, and the doctors. In our continuing conversation of transparency, please read this family’s story in navigating the difficulties of finding the right care for  their little boy, John… Spoiler alert, there’s a happy…

  7. Taking a Break for Fun: Summer Possibilities with Margaret King

    This week we are continuing with the theme of summer fun! Today we’ll hear from Margaret King, a Heart Mom, who spends her summer hanging out with her fun-loving son.   In the CHD life, sometimes it’s hard to get a break. While summer brings a brief reprieve from school expectations and IEP goals, we…

  8. Summer Fun! – Laura’s Adventures with CHD at Camp Odayin

    For the month of July, we are bringing you stories of how CHD families enjoy the summer, along with tips and tricks on how CHD patients can beat the heat. To kick us off for the month we have Laura Hoagland, an adult CHD patient and avid adventurer. Laura shares her experience with Camp Odayin,…

  9. Father’s Day – A Heart Dad How-To

    For Heart Dads new to CHD,  feeling a little lost, or those not sure where they fit in the CHD world, Aaron Carpenter shares what he found, after 8 years on the CHD roller coaster, worked best for him and his family. His tips just might help you too! I am the dad of two…

  10. Father’s Day – I See You, Heart Dad

    Often times, Heart Dads do the behind the scenes work, the work that the world can’t see. Yet, in truth, their job as dad, their love, their encouragement  and concern doesn’t go unnoticed by the ones that matter. Diana Schneider shares with us just how special a role her husband plays in their family and…