Solutions: Plan Well, Live Better
Laura D. Cooper Esq
Soft Cover 1-888799-55-2
Demos Medical Publishing
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Insurance Solutions: Plan Well, Live Better
A Workbook for People with a Chronic Disease
Laura D. Cooper,
When faced with long-term disability or chronic illness many people
find the financial consequences as harrowing as the disease itself. Cooper shows
that, with adequate planning, insurance should cover any and all
disability-related costs. In fact by choosing the right insurance people can maximize their
lifestyle and gain financial freedom.
Readers will learn how to look at various insurance options—including
life, disability, health, and long-term care, from a new perspective.
They will discover that they do have options for reliable insurance and
ultimately financial security. Cooper offers practical advice on finding insurance,
evaluating its coverage, and avoiding pitfalls.
Using a logical, workbook approach, this resource gives readers
exercises, worksheets, and checklists to help them judge whether they are
adequately prepared for dealing with disability-related costs. In a step-by-step manner they will
learn how to: catalog current illness-relevant insurance data, evaluate the
comprehensiveness and quality of existing insurance products, and improve their insurance
She shows readers precisely how to foresee whether their present
insurance plans will help them safeguard assets—even in the worst scenario. If readers
find serious potential problems in their coverage, this excellent practical
book offers concrete information for dealing with them to secure future
Packed with ideas and strategies, this handy guide will help readers find and
purchase insurance that a typical insurance company might not make available to
a disabled person. They will also find suggestions for obtaining insurance when
traditional sources appear to closed. To assist readers with the language
of insurance, the book contains glossary of terms.
About Laura D. Cooper, Esq. :
Laura Cooper graduated from the University of WashingtonLawSchool in 1986. She has been a practicing
attorney for the past sixteen years,
including two as counsel to the Chairman of the Interstate Commerce
Commission in Washington, D.C. She is a nationally-recognized expert in
disability law as well as an expert consultant on life planning for people with
chronic diseases and disabilities.
Ms. Cooper was teaching science on an Indian reservation
when she first experienced gait problems, vertigo, numbness, and tingling. The severity
of her MS forced her to leave her job at the age of twenty-two. Her failing
health and precarious financial circumstances put her, at the age of
twenty-three, into a nursing home.
Despite these setbacks, Ms. Cooper decided to attend law school.
While in law school, she experienced several exacerbations that left her
temporarily blind and virtually quadriplegic. She finished her law degree at the University of Washington in Seattle, following which she was named one of the twenty
outstanding young American "Lawyers Who make A Difference" by the American
Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.
During her search for employment, Ms. Cooper received more than
400 rejections, until one law firm was willing to look at her abilities
instead of her disabilities. She was named a Finalist for White House Fellowship
in 1990. She was the recipient of the 1994 National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National Distinguished Service Award. She served a term as member, then
Chairperson of the National Advisory Board for Medical Rehabilitation Research
within the National Institutes of Health. She is a former member of the Board
of Directors of the Endependence Center of Northern Virginia, and was co-founder of the Greater
Independence & Mobility Project, LC, a personal
assistance cooperative located in Arlington, Virginia. Ms. Cooper has also served as the
Life Planning and Independent Living Consultant as well as Legal
Counsel to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society,