The AVMA Group Health and Life Insurance Trust was pleased to sponsor the Wellness Booth at the AVMA Annual Convention in Salt Lake City in July. Some 966 participants recognized the importance of this wellness screening. Offered, at no charge, were rabies titer testing, a full blood chemistry profile/lipid panel, and the prostate specific antigen (PSA). Aventis Pasteur Company lent sponsoring assistance.
Kansas State University's Rabies Laboratory tested 788 individuals for their rabies antibody titer. You should review your results with an appropriate health agency or your physician. Approximately 22 percent of those tested had a rabies antibody titer of less than 1:5, which, according to some studies is an indicator of a need for further assessment. You can find current rabies prophylaxis recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices online at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/Professional/ACIP/ACIP99.htm. Standards written by the Compendium Committee on Animal Rabies Prevention and Control may be found at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/Professional/comp00.htm. The Rabies Laboratory at Kansas State University may be contacted at www.vet.ksu.edu/depts/rabies/index.htm or by phone at (785) 532-4483.
Specimens for those who requested the blood chemistry profile/lipid panel and PSA were analyzed at LabOne in Lenexa, Kan. Although the GHLIT was not provided with individual participants' results, the trust did receive collective results. Overall, the testing group did well, although lipid results suggest that some may need to do follow-up. Because individual risk factors, including personal and family medical history, medications, and fasting or nonfasting state all play a part in individual findings, you should share the results with your physician. This screening does not substitute for a complete physical examination and evaluation of risk factors by a physician.
In keeping with the GHLIT's commitment to education and encouragement, articles in JAVMA News on health and wellness issues important to you will continue to be published. The trust also anticipates Wellness booths at future conventions.
As an important component in the pursuit of wellness, the GHLIT hopes that the insurance plans offered through the trust will continue to be an attractive, affordable avenue in meeting your insurance needs. The GHLIT trustees and their advisers worked aggressively in the past year to improve future coverages, such as increasing the major medical maximum to $2 million while insured. As AVMA members, you may also now apply for up to $1 million in life insurance and up to $500,000 for spouses; a new option of $10,000 for children has been added.
The trust continues to offer long-term disability insurance of up to $7,500 a month for insureds of most ages and recently increased the professional overhead expense maximum to $15,000 a month. Early next year the GHLIT will begin offering a preferred provider organization choice.
Call (800) 621-6360 or go online at www.avma.org/noah/ for information about eligibility, plan benefits, limitations, and exclusions.