Monroe, NY (PRWEB) January 06, 2014
Through her company, MedWise Insurance Advocacy, which she founded in 2012, Gross has recovered almost $1 million in medical expenses that insurers have tried to block or that healthcare providers erroneously charged her clients. She said her early experiences have spurred her to help others. At age 11, she contracted encephalitis which led to epilepsy; she suffered an average of 18 seizures a month through her mid-30s, when she underwent brain surgery to overcome the epilepsy. Despite these challenges she pursued a normal life, including a college education, marriage, and raising a family.
“I have been blessed in that I have experienced a total circle of life. I had epilepsy for almost 25 years which I beat through brain surgery. I am also a cancer survivor. The driving force behind my work is gratitude for being healthy and my concern for those who are struggling.”
Business reporter Joe Connolly of the Wall Street Journal Small Business Report, carried on WCBS Newsradio, announced the winners on the air during his show the next day. Of Gross, he said, “Here’s a great example of someone who starts a business when they see a need that’s not being met.” In advance of the WCBS Newsradio awards event, Gross was interviewed by morning-drive news anchor Pat Carroll on December 6; she has also been featured on CBS News and in multiple publications, in stories about the health insurance industry and medical insurance advocacy.
A History of Community Service and Recognition
Gross was instrumental in establishing a YMCA in her hometown of Monroe. The need for this type of facility was obvious for years; she convinced all relevant parties to work together to make the YMCA a reality in February 2011 so that children in the community would have some place safe to go in town. The effort was a direct outgrowth of her participation in Leadership Orange, a ten-month program sponsored by the Orange County, New York Chamber of Commerce; the program helps county residents become leaders and advocates for businesses and residents in their communities.
“After I completed the Leadership Orange program, I was inspired to get even more involved in the community,” said Gross. “When I noticed that the children in our community had no place to go, I was determined to get a YMCA opened in Monroe.” She was recognized for her efforts by winning the 2013 YMCA Special Award in Appreciation for Spirit, Drive and Dedication.
Gross has also been recognized as the 2011 Volunteer of the Year by the Mental Health Association of Orange County for her work on the Autism Move-a-thon of Orange County; the 2009 Pinnacle Leadership Orange Award; and the 2008 Insurance Professional of the Year from the Insurance Professionals of Orange County, N.Y.
She is an active member of many professional organizations including the American Medical Billing Association, American Academy of Professional Coders, and Alliance of Claims Assistance Professionals. She is a licensed insurance broker and consultant, and serves on the board of Insurance Professionals of Orange County (New York).
For more information about how medical insurance advocacy benefits patients, visit http://www.medicalinsuranceadvocacy.com; to arrange a consultation with Adria Gross, contact her at (845) 238-2532 or Adria(at)medwisebilling(dot)com.