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Thanksgiving Traditions Explained

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The History of Saint Patrick

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Valentine’s Day Facts and Statistics

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Rental Car Insurance

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Tips On What You Need To Know At The Counter

Rental car insurance can be confusing and frustrating. Learn what you need to do before you ever step foot in a rental car office.

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 3rd, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in U-Tube

A time to celebrate mothers

As the second Sunday of May nears, it’s time to think of ways to celebrate mothers – although, of course, that’s a worthy pursuit at any time of year!

At Hodge, Hart & Schleifer, Inc, we thought it would be fun to give you a little of the history behind Mother’s Day, as well as a few ideas to honor the special women in all our lives.

Ancient beginnings

According to MothersDayCentral.com, the ancient Egyptians held an annual festival to honor “the mother of the pharaohs” – the goddess Isis. This is one of the earliest historical records of a society celebrating a mother.

How Mother’s Day came to be in the U.S.

In 1870, Julia Ward Howe, a social activist and poet (and author of the lyrics for “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”) had became distraught by the toll of the Civil War. She issued a “Mother’s Day Proclamation” that year, calling on mothers to protest the killing and create a day celebrating peace and motherhood.

Howe’s proclamation did not result in a national Mother’s Day, but in 1908, Anna Jarvis of West Virginia took up the cause. She wanted to accomplish her mother’s dream of making a celebration of all mothers. By 1909, more than 40 states were holding Mother’s Day services, even though it was not a national holiday.

In 1912, according to Wikipedia, West Virginia was the first state to officially observe Mother’s Day. Jarvis continued to promote the day until President Woodrow Wilson made it an official national holiday in 1914.

She later regretted creating the holiday, believing that it had become too commercialized.

Enough with the history – where are the gift ideas?

Like us at Hodge, Hart & Schleifer, Inc, we know you might have more urgent concerns on your mind, like last-minute shopping, so here are the most popular Mother’s Day gifts, according to MothersDayCentral.com.

Gift baskets
Personalized gifts
Spa gifts

Of course, perhaps the best gift of all is getting in touch and letting the moms in your life know just how much they mean to you. Happy Mother’s Day!

History of Mother’s Day

Choosing the Right Provider

October 7th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in U-Tube

Choosing the right provider is one of the most important decisions you’ll make about your health care. We can help you find the right one.

Remember, you’re looking for a provider you can trust and work with to improve your health and well-being, so take time to think about what you need. Depending on how complicated your health care needs are, you may need to see more than one type of provider.

Primary Care Providers: You’ll see a primary care provider first for most health issues. They’ll work with you to get your recommended screenings, help you manage chronic conditions, and refer you to other types of providers if you need them. Your primary care provider may be called a family physician or doctor, internist, general practitioner, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant. Your child or teenager’s provider may be called a pediatrician.

Specialists: You’ll see a specialist for certain services or to treat specific conditions. Specialists include cardiologists, oncologists, psychologists, allergists, podiatrists, and orthopedists. You may need a referral from your primary care provider before you go to a specialist in order for your health plan to pay for your visit.

Here are some tips for finding a provider where you live:

  • If you already have a provider you like and want to keep working with, call their office and ask if they accept your coverage.
  • Call your insurance company or state Medicaid and CHIP program. Look at their website or check your member handbook to find providers in your network who take your health coverage.
  • Ask your friends or family if they have providers they like and use these tools to compare health care providers in your area.

Source: healthcare.gov

Happy Mother’s Day

May 1st, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in U-Tube

What Kids REALLY Think About Their Moms

Mother’s Day is here (happy, happy!) and to honor the holiday we sat down with some talkative tots, who eagerly shared their favorite things about their moms. Check out our video below to hear the simple yet endearing answers, and then share what little thing your kiddo loves about you using the hashtag #pbjellymom — because everything mom does is special.


Flood Insurance

April 1st, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in U-Tube

FEMA Addresses Flood Insurance Policyholders