Healthcare Advocates Helping Patients Make Critical Health Decisions

Healthcare in modern times can be confusing even for those trained in the medical field. To this end, Betty Long founded the Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates, in order to provide support to patients in need of a knowledgeable nurse to explain insurance claims and provide information about better treatments.


Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates assist their communities with health care plans and the health care system. Advocates are available to patients of all ages and races, regardless of the patient's condition. These advocates do their part to help those who need help most find affordable care, great resources and good insurance.

The Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates was founded in 2003 by Betty Long, RN, MHA. A few months later, her advocacy grew with the addition of three nurses assisting ten clients. This group was tested in 2005 by 7,500 police officers with a pilot program through Law Enforcement Health Benefits in order to determine the effect of nursing advocacy on health care costs.

Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates were publicized in 2006 by their inclusion in the Pennsylvania Small Business Centers' Client Exposition entitled, We Mean Business, applauded as one of Pennsylvania's best small businesses. The same year, the Law Enforcement Health Benefits group expanded their relationship with the Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates as a result of almost two million dollars in claims' savings during the pilot program.

Since 2006, a number of Pennsylvania based businesses and unions have signed on to take advantage of the know-how provided by Betty Long's advocacy group. Guardian Nurses has become a certified Women's Business Enterprise. Long herself has been praised for her good deeds and effective business management, nominated for Small Business Association's annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award and honored by Glamour Magazine and Tag Heuer North America for her good works in the community.

Patient advocates sit in on doctor's appointments, and can help confused patients sift through the medical jargon and insurance lingo to find the best course of treatment. Most of these patient advocates are former nurses and health care workers. Former nurses and health care workers are perfect applicants for patient advocacy positions, with the experience needed to understand physician instructions and help figure out insurance claims.

Because of their health care experience and nursing degrees, the patient advocates working with the Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates often have resources not available to members of the lay community. With connections to insurance companies and knowledge of nearby specialists, the Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates can provide information and more that can't be found anywhere else.

Patient advocacy is not a new concept. More and more people every year look to patient advocates for more ease in health care. Because of groups like Guardian Nurses and the complexity of the medical field in modern America, patient advocacy continues to develop. Advocates aid in the paperwork side of recuperation, helping their patients get better faster and easier.

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