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38 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 26 - July 2, 1998 Web site offers resources to parents of children with disabilities Parents of children with disabilities now have a new free resource on the World Wide Web that offers information, support and entertainment all in onep!ace. "&apos;Parents of children with special needs are often overwhelmed by the enormous amount of commitment and energy that is required in raising a special child," said Lisa Baker, editor-in-chief of "Special Child Magazine." Baker has laced many of her own tribulations as the mother of a child with special needs. "Not only must they learn to deal with the fact that their child is not "normal," but they must become experts on their child's disor- der(s), therapies, legislation and current technology. In addition, they must be able to hold themselves together for the sake of their en- tire family and their own well-being," she said. Visitors to this new, free online Internet magazine, "'Special Child Magazine," at <www.specialchild.corn> will benefit from the following information: Informative articles will keep:parents up-to-date on the latest therapies, technolo- gy, legislation, education issues, methods of behavior management and more. Articles written by parents will allow them to tell their stories to help other par- ents and to celebrate their child's achieve- ments and milestones. A family-advice column is featured that allows parents to send their questions to a nationally known and well-respected social worker, who then addresses the questions in the magazine. A fully interactive bulletin board ser- vice is available, which allows parents to meet and support one another, exchange ideas, sell their used equipment and discuss anything else related to raising a child with special needs.. For more information regarding "Special Child Magazine," visit the Web site or send an e-mail to <>. Biden targets health-care fraud through legislation As part of his ongoing efforts to crack down on health-care fraud, Sen. Joe Biden has joined Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., in intro- ducing legislation designed to strengthen anti-fraud laws by giv- ing states more latitude when in- vestigating fraudulent claims. Often, state agencies responsi- ble for investigating Medicaid fraud uncover alleged illegal ac- tivity in another government health insurance program, such as Medicare. Because Medicare is a federal program, if a state agency uncovers Medicare fraud in the course of its Medicaid investiga- tion, it cannot pursue that portion of the inquiry; instead, it notifies federal authorities, who are often unable to pursue the case further. According to Biden, this typi- cally disrupts the continuity of an investigation, diminishes the state's ability to fully prosecute the case and allows fraudulent providers to get off the hook. The proposed bill would give state fraud units the authority to begin investigating any health-care fraud uncovered in the course of Medicaid investigations and to seek settlements from health-care providers. "At the height of the nation's health-care fraud epidem- ic, it was esti- mated that Medicare and Medicaid fraud cost the Ameri- BIDEN can taxpayers close to $34 billion each year," said Biden. "In the last few years, we have made some progress in combating this perva- sive problem, but there is more work to be done. This legislation removes an unnecessary obstacle and gives state agencies the ability to more thoroughly investigate fraudulent cases and crack down on the criminals bilking the sys- tem out of billions each year." "This bill came to fruition, in no small part, due to the efforts of Delaware's Medicaid Fraud Unit in the attorney general's office. I want to personally thank them for working closely with me for near- ly a decade to bring this issue to the forefront," Biden said. In 1992, Biden was the first U.S. senator to introduce legisla- tion specifically designed to com- bat health-care fraud. Since then, he has worked in several fronts to crack down on this crime, presid- ing over several judiciary commit- tee hearings on health-care fraud, offering the Harkin-Graham- Biden Medicare fraud proposal and hosting a 1995 Delaware pan- el discussion with federal and state prosecutors, insurance eom- panies and victims. This current initiative enjoys bi- partisan support and has been en- dorsed by the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Association of Attorneys General and the inspec- tor general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Super Sitter class set for July 1 and 2 Beebe School of Nursing is of- fering Super Sitter, a two-day course for youths 11 to 13. The course includes infant and child CPR and other useful information pertaining to baby-sitting. The class has limited enrollment. The next session is July l - 2; another session will be offered July 15 - 16. To register, call 645-3248. Diabetic education classes meet in July Beebe Medical Center is offer- ing diabetic education classes for diabetics and their families, dur- ing a seven-week course begin- ning July 6. The class will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. at Beebe School of Nursing. Topics will include day-to-day disease control, dia- betes symptoms and prevention, and treating complications. The cost is $79 for the entire program or $15 for one class. Call 645-3251 to register. The Senso TM is 100% Digital The World's Smallest The World's Fastest The World's Most 00plmtical00l and C00mplete00 Automatic DIGITAI HK4gING AID HEARING AID ASSOCIATES Millsboro - 934-1471 Hours: Monday - Friday 9.5 p.m., Evenings available by appointment 2 miles N. of Fit. 24 on Fit. 30 6 miles S. of Fit. g on Fit. 30 24-hour Emergency Medical Care Minor emergencies demand expert care. When you're too far from your family doctor, and you don't need to call 911, you can depend on Beebe Emergency Medical Centers. Beebe Emergency Center, in Millville, and Beebe Medical Center, in Lewes, meet your needs with emergency-trained specialists at both locations, 24 hours a day. For emergency medical care: Center 1' I I Millville ! "['"gel I Millville Near Bethany and Fenwick BEEBE EMERGENCY CENTER Rou 26, just west of Rt. 1 and Ifle Canal Bmlge, MilM'ge (41/2 miles west of Bethany Beach} Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from Memorial Dey through Labor Day. For emergency information, call 539-8450. Lewes, near Rehobeth and Dewey Beach BEEBE MEDICAL CENTER EMERGENCY SERVICES Savannah Road, east of Rt. 1, Lewes Open 24 hours o day, seven days o week, year-round. For emergency information, call 645-3291. Dial 911 for life-threatening emergencies. Call-A-Nurse at 645-3332 for phone advice. Beebe Medical Center