Several recent topics have popped onto my radar recently. This month we'll take a look at a little of THIS and a little of THAT - some serious, some "Entertainment Tonite" stuff and. gasp. some humor!
HIPAA Recreational Injury Technical Correction Act
First the serious.
The American Motorcyclist Association has been tracking a problem in our health insurance system for many years. Certain health insurance companies have written provisions into health insurance policies that actually deny health insurance to motorcycle operators and other legal recreational users. How can they do that? How does it work? Are you at risk?
Insurers in various parts of the country have been discriminating against motorcyclists, ATV riders and others who engage in legal transportation and recreational activities. How it works is like this - the insurance policy says "If you get hurt, we'll pay your medical bills.. Except. If you get hurt while participating in certain recreational activities." Included on the list of "recreational activities" is riding a motorcycle!
How can this happen?
In 2001, Congress passed a bit of legislation that created a new legal acronym which virtually every lawyer, doctor, nurse, therapist and medical professional screams at - "HIPPA." HIPPA protects your privacy. It forbids the release of medical information without your consent. HIPPA actually did many good things to protect the average Joe. One loophole that insurance companies found, unfortunately, permits insurers to discriminate against those hurt while engaging in legal activities, like riding the bike!
If you are covered by such a discriminatory insurance policy, the ramifications are horrific. For example, if you are on your bike and your work buddy, covered by the same insurance, is behind you in his car when a drunk driver clobbers both of you, what do you think will happen? Well, under these discriminatory health insurance policies, the CAR driver will have all of his medical bills paid while he spends months recuperating. The motorcycle operator will get a nice letter from his health insurance company saying, "Sorry to hear about your bad luck. Unfortunately, because you were engaged in a recreational activity on our list, you were not covered at the moment the drunk driver hit you, so we're NOT paying your medical bills!"
What can you do? First, get on the AMA website [American MOTORCYCLIST Association, not the doctor's group] and go to the RIGHTS section. [http://www.amadirectlink.com/index.asp] Click on the 'RAPID RESPONSE CENTER" and read up on how the AMA is trying to protect your rights. If you punch in your zip code or hit the "TAKE ACTION" button, you will be directed to page that will allow you to write an email to your congressional representatives in the House and Senate expressing your support for pending legislation to FIX this loophole. This fix is supported by motorcyclists, snowmobilers, skiers, horseback riders and others who engage in perfectly legal activities.
So TAKE ACTION NOW!
"Stars" who have wrecked on bikes!
Ann Margaret: She's an "accomplished rider" who suffered a broken arm and fractured ribs from a 2000 accident in Montana.
Gary Busey: Suffered head injuries in a 1988 crash after picking his Harley up from the shop.
Billy Idol: Ran a stop sign in 1990 and got clobbered.
Adrien Brody: The actor crashed into a car and skidded feet first through a crosswalk.
Bob Dylan: Did he or didn't he? Some say his "crash" in 1966 was staged to give him some time off. Others believe it was a near-death, life-changing experience..
Eric Estrada: Mr. CHiPs Himself suffered 12 fractured ribs and other injuries in a 1980 crash during production of the show.
Peter Fonda: Mr. Easy Rider lost ½ inch of his height after a 1985 crash. Says he STILL prefers a bike to a horse because he's "never been bitten by a bike."
George Clooney: He and flame-of-the-day were sideswiped in 2007 and made the frontpage on 16 continents both here and on Mars.
Johnny Knoxville: Almost had his testicles torn off trying a back flip with no skills to his credit!
Ben Roethlisberger: Big Ben took his Hayabusa out for a spin with no helmet and no license. He got nailed by a classic "left hook" with an errant motorist.
Arnold Schwatzenegger: In 2001, Ahhnold broke 6 ribs when his chest hit the bike's windshield as he swerved to avoid a car stopping ahead. His second crash occurred in 2006 when a car backed out in front of him.
Kellen Winslow: As a lifelong Browns fan, this one hurt. The kid got the money, bought the Big Bike, and suffered a nasty ACL injury when he HIT A CURB at 35 mph while practicing in a parking lot!
OK, I usually pass these up when they pop onto my computer, but this one is just TOO funny. The "Wave" always intrigues me. Who does it. How they do it. Why they do it, or NOT do it. I can't tell you who wrote these, or even where they came from, but I DO think you'll enjoy them. Perhaps some of the humor is tooooo close to home, eh...??
In any event, here's the Last Word on The Wave..
Top Ten Reasons Why Harley Riders Don't Wave Back
10. Afraid it will invalidate warranty.
9. Leather and studs make it too heavy to raise arm.
8. Refuse to wave to anyone whose bike is already paid for.
7. Afraid to let go of handlebars because they might vibrate off.
6. Rushing wind would blow scabs off the new tattoos.
5. Angry because just took out second mortgage to pay luxury tax on new Harley.
4. Just discovered the fine print in owner's manual and realized H-D is partially owned by Honda.
3. Can't tell if other riders are waving or just reaching to cover their ears like everyone else.
2. Remembers the last time a Harley rider waved back, he impaled his hand on spiked helmet.
1. They're too tired from spending hours polishing all that chrome to lift their arms.
Top Ten Reasons Why Gold Wing Riders Riders Don't Wave Back
10. Wasn't sure whether other rider was waving or making an obscene gesture.
9. Afraid might get frostbite if hand is removed from heated grip.
8. Has arthritis and the past 400 miles have made it difficult to raise arm.
7. Reflection from etched windshield momentarily blinded him.
6. The espresso machine just finished.
5. Was actually asleep when other rider waved.
4. Was in a three-way conference call with stockbroker and accessories dealer.
3. Was distracted by odd shaped blip on radar screen.
2. Was simultaneously adjusting the air suspension, seat height, programmable CD player, seat temperature, and satellite navigation system.
1. Couldn't find the "auto wave back" button on dashboard.
Top Ten Reasons Why Sportbikers Riders Riders Don't Wave Back
10. Have not been riding long enough to know they're supposed to.
9. Going too fast to have time enough to register the movement and respond.
8. You weren't wearing bright enough gear for them to acknowledge you.
7. If they stick their arm out going that fast they'll rip it out of the socket.
6. They're too occupied with trying to get rid of their chicken strips.
5. They look way too cool with both hands on the bars or they don't want to unbalance themselves while standing on the tank.
4. Their skin tight-kevlar-ballistic-nylon-kangaroo-leather suits prevent any position other than fetal.
3. Raising an arm allows bugs into the armholes of their tank tops.
2. It's too hard to do one-handed stoppies.
1. They were too busy slipping their flip-flop back on.
Top Ten Reasons Why BMW Riders Riders Don't Wave Back
10. New Aerostich suit too stiff to raise arm.
9. Removing a hand from the bars is considered "bad form."
8. Your bike isn't weird enough looking to justify acknowledgement.
7. Too sore from an 800-mile day on a stock "comfort" seat.
6. Too busy programming the GPS, monitoring radar, listening to ipod, XM, and talking on the cell phone.
5. He's an Iron Butt rider and you're not!
4. Wires from Gerbings is too short.
3. You're not riding the "right kind" of BMW.
2. You haven't been properly introduced.
1. Afraid it will be misinterpreted as a friendly gesture
GOOD LUCK AND GOOD RIDING!