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The 2014 Health Care Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony saw six individuals honored for their community contributions in health care by Genesee Health Plan on March 31, 2014.
Award recipients included Rick Wyles for the Visionary Leadership Award; David Burr, Brenda Clack and Colleen Sproul for the Community Partner Award; Dr. Brenda Fortunate, DO for the Physician Leadership Award and Dr. F. Michael Jaggi, DO was the 2014 Inductee into the Health Care Hall of Fame.
To read more about this amazing night visit MLive's coverage here.
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Signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act can be intimidating. That's why two mid-Michigan agencies are teaming up to make it a little easier.
For many people enrolling online with a government program is uncharted territory. That's why the Genesee Health Plan and Goodwill Industries are offering classes on how the process works.
"It's a chance for people to come in, get some information and ask a lot of questions. If they
think they're ready, the can then roll right onto a computer and we would be able to help in the system doing that," said Jim Milanowski, vice president of development and marketing, Genesee Health Plan.
Classes are being held at Goodwill's store on Miller Road in Flint Township and at their
facilities on Averill in Flint.
"We're going to be doing these classes form now until probably the end of March," Milanowski said.
While you don't want to procrastinate too much, time right now isn't much of an issue.
"There's not a real urgent hurry. For people's insurance to be effective January 1, they no need to come in by December 15," said Milanowski.
Workers will help clients get an email address if they don't have one or guide them through the log in process if they need help.
"People don't have to do anything right now if they don't want. They can even go on line and
do some research, what plan might be better for them," said Milanowski.
In Flint Township, the enrollment process went smoothly. There have been reports on people have trouble logging on to the ACA web site, but President Obama say the bugs are being worked out.
"People weren't able to get through all the way, sometimes it would kick them out, so yeah, there have been a lot of glitches," Milanowski said.
Goodwill Industries will sponsor a number of classes to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The Goodwill store at 4340 Miller Rd., Flint Twp. will host classes November 4 and 18 and Dec 2, 16 and 30. Classes start at 9am.
At Goodwill Industries, 501 S. Averill Ave. in Flint classes will be held Oct 24, Nov 7 and 21, and Dec 5 and 19. Classes there also start at 9am.
Call (800) 232-0503 for more information. People need to schedule a visit.
A lot of time and energy has been spent discussing strengths and weaknesses of the Affordable Care Act, but there has been little discussionabout how consumers can effectively shop for an insurance plan that best meets their needs. As consumers make decisions, GHP is committed to helping people understand their options under the new health care law, enroll in the Michigan Health Insurance Marketplace and continue to help the uninsured and those in need to connect with health care services.
Provided below are a few tips that will help you find the plan that works best for you:
Review All Health Coverage Costs
On the exchange the most prominent number you will see will be the monthly premium. While finding a plan with a competitive premium is important, there are other costs that should be considered when choosing a plan. Review the plan deductible (the amount you will have to spend on healthcare before your insurance kicks in) and copayments for office visits and prescription drugs. Reviewing all these numbers together will help you identify the most cost effective option for you or your family.
Find a Coverage Level that Works Best for You
Many consumers will qualify for additional federal tax credits to reduce non-premium insurance costs. This tax credit is applied automatically and is based on your income. The credit is only available for Silver plans. This means that a consumer that qualifies for subsidies may be able to get a Silver plan that costs a great deal less overall (accounting for co-payments) than low-premium Bronze plans and could have higher levels of coverage than higher cost Gold or Platinum plans.
Think About How Much Federal Help You Should Take
Federal subsidies are calculated using tax data and income information entered online. If you know, or strongly suspect, that your income will grow in 2014 you should consider taking less federal help on insurance costs. Assistance is based on income and if you receive too much help in a tax year you will have to pay the government back on your taxes.
Think About How Much Coverage You Need
It is important to think about how much coverage you will need. If you are younger, and rarely need to go to the hospital or receive prescriptions, you may be better off exploring lower cost Bronze or Catastrophic plans that would protect you from the high cost of major health events with a lower monthly premium. If you typically need prescriptions and have gone to the doctor or hospital a lot, then a plan with a higher monthly premium and higher levels of coverage may be a better and cheaper option.
Take Your Time and Ask for Help
There are a number of factors that should be considered when choosing a health plan, including cost, level of coverage and access to preferred doctors. This can make choosing a plan that best fits your needs a difficult task. While the exchange opened this week, making a final plan selection for January 1 of next year does not require an immediate decision. Go to www.healthcare.gov and look at all the plan options available to you, but don’t feel the need to select a plan until you are comfortable you have found something that meets your needs. If you are concerned or confused by the plan options available, call Genesee Health Plan at 1.800.232.0503 for an appointment with trained staff available to answer your questions at no charge.
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Genesee Health Plan
FLINT – Genesee Health Plan today called on the Michigan Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder to quickly pass and implement a bipartisan plan to expand healthcare access through Medicaid that would help an estimated 35,000 uninsured people in Genesee, Bay and Saginaw counties get access to healthcare.
“While we applaud the Michigan Senate for doing the right thing and approving this bipartisan plan that would benefit hundreds of thousands of Michiganders, we still face some hurdles before this is enacted, and we are hopeful that this can be resolved quickly,” said Linda Hamacher, GHP president and also president of the Bay and Saginaw Health Plans.
Late Tuesday, the Michigan Senate finally passed a proposal to expand Medicaid access, which would help close to 500,000 uninsured Michiganders get access to healthcare.
The proposal passed in the Senate on a second vote Tuesday, 20-18, well short of the two-thirds needed for the proposal to take immediate effect. This means implementation of healthcare expansion won’t take effect Jan. 1, 2014, as scheduled, but 90 days after the end of the current legislative session, meaning April 1, 2014.
Other facts about the bipartisan House Bill 4714 that passed the Senate Tuesday:
SB4714 Medicaid Expansion
Health Savings Account
The following resources and tools from NDEP (the National Diabetes Education Program) are designed to help you promote diabetes awareness, prevention and management throughout the month of August.
Check out NDEP’s new Diabetes Resources for Schools and Youth webpage for information about diabetes in children and teens as well as tools and resources to help them manage their diabetes.
Share NDEP’s Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel (School Guide) to help students with diabetes, their health care team, school staff, and parents work together to provide optimal diabetes management in the school setting. Also check out NDEP’s School Guide promotional tools.
Distribute NDEP’s bilingual tip sheets for youth with diabetes.
Helping a Loved One with Diabetes
In addition, we would like to share some helpful resources to encourage individuals with diabetes to involve their loved ones in their diabetes management plan.
Facebook Posts to Use & Share
These sample Facebook posts incorporate information from this month’s NDEP promotional tools. Please feel free to simply copy and paste this information on your organization’s Facebook page, or share these resources with those who might find it helpful.
For students with diabetes, it’s important that their health care team, school staff, and parents work together to provide optimal diabetes management in the school setting. With the start of school right around the corner, the @National Diabetes Education Program offers some great resources for effective diabetesmanagement at school. http://ndep.nih.gov/publications/PublicationDetail.aspxPubId=97#effectivediabetesmanagement
Tweets to Share on Twitter
These sample tweets are 140 characters or less and incorporate NDEP’s theme for August, 2013. Feel free to copy and paste these tweets and use them on your Twitter page, or use these resources to create your own tweets!
.@NDEP offers great resources for schools and youth on helping students with #diabetes succeed. Read more, here: http://ndep.nih.gov/publications/PublicationDetail.aspxPubId=97#effectivediabetesmanagement
About 215,000 young people under age 20 have #diabetes. Help your child manage diabetes at school w/ tips from @NDEP: http://ndep.nih.gov/hcp-businesses-andschools/Schools.aspx
The Genesee County Reaching Across the Nation Consortium (RANC) project, coordinated by the Genesee County Health Department, focuses on addressing obesity and hypertension through active living and healthy eating. The program’s goal is to improve individual health outcomes by encouraging individuals to develop healthy eating habits and engage in regular physical activity.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. Locally, Genesee County reported the highest rate of obesity in 2008, and in 2009; Michigan ranked 10th overall forobesity in the nation.
To address this issue, we are planning our first event entitled “Get Out and Move!” Health Extravaganza scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2013, at Atwood Stadium from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. This event is designed to encourage individuals to get up, out, and moving. In addition to providing healthy eating education, healthy food demonstrations and health screenings will be a part of this event. It will als include many types of interactive physical activities that participants can engage in throughout the day. The main activity will be the “Wobble” a popular line dance/hustle. As a matter of fact, we will be trying to break the world record for this by attracting 11,000+ individuals to Atwood Stadium to do the Wobbl at the same time.
For additional information, or to find out how you can be a part of this exciting event, please contact Tonya French-Turner, RANC Program Coordinator, Genesee County Health Department, (810) 257-3194.
The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare: Health Insurance Changes Coming Your Way Under the Affordable Care Act
2014 is coming–are you ready for Obamacare? Join the YouToons as they walk through the basic changes in the way Americans will get health coverage and what it will cost starting in 2014, when major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” go into effect.
Written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Narrated by Charlie Gibson, former anchor of ABC’s World News with Charlie Gibson and a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Creative production and animation by Free Range Studios.
Medicaid expansion is important and necessary. Watch the below videos to hear what is being said.