MyHealthTeams Survey Finds That State Lines Do Not Impact Where Americans with Pre-Existing Chronic Conditions Seek ObamaCare Information

More than 60% of Americans with a Chronic Health Condition Do Not Think ObamaCare Will Impact the Cost or Amount of Their Insurance Coverage or Costs

 

San Francisco, CA – October 17, 2013 – MyHealthTeams, the San Francisco-based company that creates social networks for chronic condition communities, today announced results of a new survey of more than 500 people living with and caring for those with a pre-existing chronic condition.  The survey results revealed that more than 60% of those living with a chronic health condition do not think the implementation of health exchanges will impact their insurance coverage or costs.

Regardless of state lines, participants with chronic conditions identified the same top three sources which they would turn to for more information regarding the health exchange: Google Search, ObamaCare Navigators, and disease-specific social networks.

One-third of respondents are unsure of how the Affordable Care Act will impact the treatment they receive for their condition. That said, those from Red States are more likely to turn to Google Search for answers to their health exchange questions, while those from blue states are more likely to turn to ObamaCare Navigators. No matter the state (red or blue), 25% of respondents feel they can turn to chronic condition peer social networks such as MyMSTeam (for those living with MS), MyAutismTeam (for parents of individuals with autism) or MyBCTeam (for women facing breast cancer) for answers from those who share their condition. Many also answered they would turn to their HR departments for more information.  And while peer social networks for chronic conditions were popular, noticeably under represented from the places people would turn for more information about ObamaCare were Facebook and Twitter.

 

Where Blue States Seek More Information on the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare):

  • 39% ObamaCare Navigators
  • 36% Google Search
  • 24% MyHealthTeams’ social networks (disease specific social networks)
  • 1% Facebook or Twitter

 

Where Red States Seek More Information on the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare):

  • 43% Google Search
  • 26% MyHealthTeams’ social networks (disease specific social networks)
  • 26% ObamaCare Navigators
  • 4% Facebook or Twitter

 

“When you have a chronic condition or disease, it doesn’t matter if you’re from a red state or blue state,” says Eric Peacock, co-founder and CEO of MyHealthTeams.  “You want to talk with other people in the same situation as you, and learn what is working best for them.  People are turning to these communities for more objective, de-politicized advice on how to navigate ObamaCare.”

 About the Survey

MyHealthTeams conducted this online member survey of its three social networks for chronic condition communities (MyMSTeam, MyBCTeam, MyAutismTeam) from October 2 – October 7, 2013, with more than 500 individuals living with and caring for those with a pre-existing chronic condition participating in the survey.

About MyHealthTeams

MyHealthTeams is a San Francisco-based company that creates social networks for chronic condition communities. We believe that when you or a loved one are diagnosed with a disease, it should be easy to connect with people just like you, who can share their experiences, and help you discover the best people around for help. MyHealthTeams’ flagship site, MyAutismTeam, launched in December 2011 and has nearly 50,000 parents of individuals with autism. In September 2012, the company launched MyBCTeam for women facing breast cancer, which has more than 5,000 women on the site. The latest site created by MyHealthTeams is MyMSTeam, designed for those living with multiple sclerosis, which has 8,000 members. To learn more about the full MyHealthTeams network, visit MyHealthTeams.com.

MyBCTeam Keeps Momentum Going With 5,000 Strong

San Francisco, CA, October 2, 2013 – On the heels of its first anniversary, MyBCTeam, the social network for women facing breast cancer, celebrates its rapidly growing member base of more than 5,000 women.

For women who’ve been newly diagnosed, are in treatment, or post-treatment, MyBCTeam is where women meet other women who’ve been in their shoes.  By finding women just like them who’ve faced breast cancer, and sharing tips and provider referrals, the members of MyBCTeam make true, lasting connections that they draw daily support from throughout their breast cancer journey, and beyond.

To date, there have been more than 70,000 connections made on MyBCTeam.  From frank conversations about everything from sex to chemo brain to radiation burns, the members of MyBCTeam converse openly and honestly about the issues that only those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer understand. MyBCTeam provides the platform that inspires the members to turn those connections into a real time support network.

“Our goal is to give those women facing breast cancer the best possible support experience. That means helping our members connect with women who are not only just like them, but also introduce them to women they didn’t even know they needed to meet.  We help them discover new methods of finding support that is personalized to their needs,” says MyBCTeam co-founder, Mary Ray. “We continue to focus on innovating the ways women get support so that we make that process as easy and effective as possible.”

MyBCTeam Product Features

  • Activity Page: The heartbeat of the site, where members share their daily ups and downs with each other—triumphs are cheered and challenging moments are supported.
  • Meet Others: Members can search for other women by diagnosis (both stage and type) and also by age and location and more.
  • Provider Directory: A searchable directory (by keyword and location) of a variety of providers, submitted by members, specializing in breast cancer treatments.
  • The Team: From oncology radiologist to nutritionist or hair stylist, members build and share their personal team of providers that helped them during and after treatment. Members also add other MyBCTeam women to their team that they find especially supportive.
  • Q & A: A searchable database of questions and answers submitted by the community of MyBCTeam members.
  • Pinboard: A discovery area where members visually share their journey with breast cancer and treatment. Pins include ways members manage their self-image, favorite recipes, family photos, or places they’d like to travel after treatment, among many others.
  • “Hug” Button: The unique “hug” button is used to show empathy and understanding to other members.
  • Mobile App: Members connect to the community wherever they are – a doctor’s waiting room, the chemo chair, at home or on the road. The free, MyBCTeam app is available on iOS andAndroid devices.

Member Highlights

While breast cancer may be the shared experience that brings the members of MyBCTeam together, it is the close relationships and connections that the women form that keep them coming back.  Here’s what they have to say:

“MyBCTeam is an amazing network of women who provide support to one another. For someone who has been through the whole ‘cancer process’, it means a lot to provide support to other women as well,” says 24-year old Justine Egan of Kingston, RI. As for what keeps Egan coming back on a daily basis, she explains, “I get the opportunity to read other women’s stories and see that there is life after this whole cancer mess. Everyone in my life is kind of ‘done’ with talking about my cancer with me at this point. MyBCTeam allows me to discuss all of my emotions without having others judge me for talking about it so much.”
“MyBCTeam means my safety net, my comfort zone.  The warriors of this community are like my sisters!” describes Amy Cliett of Los Angeles, CA. “Because we’ve shared similar experiences on this journey, my feelings are validated and not judged.  I’m understood and it’s a wonderful feeling. But my favorite part of the site is sharing our lives outside of cancer – we all have families, work and daily struggles that are the human aspects of this disease.”

“I started out on MyBCTeam to see if I could help anyone that is going through the same thing that I’ve gone through. And now I believe the network has helped me more than I’ve helped anyone else,” says new mom Kristy Davis of Chicago, IL. “It is so comforting to know that there is an entire community of women that are just going to listen, give you a ‘hug’, and give you the inspiration that you need to push the fears aside and move on.”  

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About MyBCTeam

MyBCTeam is a social network for any woman in the United States that has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer.  MyBCTeam makes it easy for women to find and connect with other women just like them, share tips and support, ask and answer questions, and even find first-hand referrals of great providers and breast cancer specialists.  MyBCTeam was founded in September 2012 and is the second health social network created by MyHealthTeams, a San Francisco-based company, that creates social networks for chronic condition communities.  MyHealthTeams’ flagship site, MyAutismTeam, launched in December 2011 and has nearly 50,000 parents of individuals with autism from across the country. To learn more about the full MyHealthTeams network, visit MyHealthTeams.com.

MyMSTeam and MSWorld Announce Alliance

Collaboration Extends Further Support to Multiple Sclerosis Community

San Francisco, CA; September 10, 2013MyMSTeam, the social network for those living with multiple sclerosis, announced today that it has formed an alliance with MSWorld, a leading multiple sclerosis support organization and community. Together, the organizations will continue their pledge to empower people living with multiple sclerosis.

“We are proud to align with MSWorld, an organization that has pioneered the way for those living with MS to find resources and vital information,” said Mary Ray, co-founder of MyMSTeam. “MSWorld shares our passion for bringing together the best MS resources and contributing collectively to the greater MS community. MS is a chronic condition that is filled with more questions then answers. Our complementary services work together to bridge that information gap and provide the MS community the support they need from those who ‘get it’.”

MyMSTeam is the fastest growing social network for those living with MS with more than 6,000 users since it launched in April 2013. At MyMSTeam, people can search and connect with others who are living with MS and have faced the same personal experiences, challenges, treatment options, are the same age and even in the same city. The community is designed so that those living with MS can build real connections and share perspectives and information with others who truly understand the day-to-day challenges of living with MS.

“Ending the isolation that people experience when diagnosed with MS has always been our mission at MSWorld,” says Kathleen Wilson, Founding President. “When we launched our site in 1996, we learned the power of peer support and today we are striving to meet the same needs, worldwide in a socially responsible and current way. Offering live chat, message boards and extensive resources, we continue to implement technology that fosters connections and greater access to information and services. Our alliance with MyMSTeam supports our continued mission of serving those living with MS and brings greater benefits to a community in need.”

 

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About MyMSTeam

MyMSTeam is a social network for those living with Multiple Sclerosis in the United States.  On MyMSTeam is it easy to find and connect with others just like you, share tips and support, ask and answer questions, and find first-hand referrals of great providers and MS specialists.  MyMSTeam was founded in April 2013. The site is the third health social network created by MyHealthTeams, a San Francisco-based company.   MyHealthTeams makes it easy for people to build an online support network by connecting with one other and discovering the best providers around them.  MyHealthTeams’ flagship site, MyAutismTeam, launched in December 2011 and has over 47,000 registered parents of kids with autism from across the country. To learn more, visit www.MyHealthTeams.com.

 

About MSWorld

We are here to provide support and educational information to people living with multiple sclerosis worldwide. MSWorld offers chat rooms, message boards, a Resource Center, Conference Center, and Creative Center to showcase world news about MS treatments etc. and creative expression from the many talented artists among our members.  Additionally we offer social networking connections on Facebook and Twitter. Our CafePress store located on the right side of our website helps to support MSWorld while you shop. We welcome your contributions and most importantly, appreciate you becoming part of a community that share your day-to-day challenges of living with MS.  All volunteers who manage the MSWorld website have been diagnosed with MS or care for someone who has. We understand what it means to live with this disease and we are here to support each other in any way that we can.

MSWorld is very unique because it has been a Patients Helping Patients organization from the beginning, in 1996.  We are committed to helping people out of isolation and into a place off current and accurate information.  We believe that knowledge is power and peer support is invaluable.  MSWorld is the largest patient run online support site worldwide, with a membership of 90,000, growing on average at a rate of 1,500 new registrations each month.

We strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment by maintaining a G-rated site and offering the latest information and referrals for you. We hope you enjoy being a part of this vital community. For more information, visit www.msworld.org.