National Suicide Prevention Month

National Suicide Prevention Month By Nancy Gau   Please reach out to family, friends, co-workers, (or even a stranger) and remind them that September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and encourage them to please pass the word on.    On average, there are 120 suicides every day in the United States. It is the tenth leading cause of death in America and the second leading cause for the age group 25-34! The suicide rate among young adults (ages 15-24) has tripled since 1950. We can help reduce these numbers by spreading awareness, advocating, educating, and kindness. Also, three LWVPBC Issue Groups (Healthcare, Gun Safety, and Education) will be working together to find solutions to this issue. These plans are currently on hold due to the pandemic, but we still communicate, e.g., Becky Pickup and Kristin Murtaugh presented a piece about the “lock it up” program during one of our weekly

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

By Nancy Gau Please reach out to family, friends, co-workers, (or even a stranger) and remind them that September is National Suicide Prevention month, and encourage them to please pass the word on. On average, there are @ 120 suicides every day in the United States. It is the tenth leading cause of death in America and the second leading cause for age group 25-34! The suicide rate among young adults (ages 15-24) has tripled since 1950. We can help reduce these numbers by spreading awareness, advocating, educating, and by just being kind. Also, three LWVPBC Issue Groups (Healthcare, Gun Safety, and Education) have plans to work together on this issue. These plans had to be placed on hold due to the pandemic, but we still communicate, e.g., Becky Pickup and Kristin Murtaugh presented a piece about the “lock it up” program, during one of our weekly COVID Zooms in

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Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It

Even after a vaccine joins the fight against Covid 19, the long term health effects and costs will remain in your community. It will take long term health resources, such as Medicare, Medicaid and community health centers to continue our response. And the way to secure those resources is to answer the Census NOW. Ask all your friends, organizations, congregations and neighbors to respond by going to www.2020census.gov for information in your own language. It takes just a few minutes to respond by phone (1-844-330-2020) or on line. And every response will bring over $30,000 to Florida during the next decade. The majority of that money will be for health programs.

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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

By Nancy Gau Total number of cases in Florida as of May 31:  55,424 Total number of cases in Palm Beach County (PBC) as of May 31: 5996 Gender difference in PBC cases:  50% Male and 50% Female Median age of cases in PBC:  48 Total number of deaths in Florida:  2447 Total number of deaths in PB County:  337 Per CDC as of May 29), national levels of influenza-like and COVID-19-like illness, and the percentage of specimens testing positive for COVID-19 continues to decline or remain stable.  (Note-according to the Palm Beach, the number of COVID-19 cases in PB County went up by nearly 100 cases on May 31.)             Testing sites: FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches (561-642-1000) South County Civic Center (1-800-209-7919) Belle Glade: Primary Care Clinic (561-642-1000) LabCorps (1-800-845-6167) MD Now Urgent Care with locations www.mymdnow.com/locations Some CVS stores (call your local

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Healthcare Committee Announcements

Healthcare Committee Announcements

May 15, 2020 Nancy Gau COVID-19: As our state and county begin to re-open, we continue to suffer the medical and economic effects of this pandemic.  Please continue to tune in to our weekly COVID Zoom calls every Wednesday at 6:00 pm.  Brent Schillinger always begins with a medical update (on testing, treatments, etc.) and then we have a guest speaker.  We have covered a variety of topics, from mental health, domestic abuse, to the census.  In the future, we will cover topics such as disparities in testing and treatment, and the effect that the pandemic has had on the health insurance industry. Useful contact information: 561-642-1000 for testing appointments.  TESTING IS FREE! For mental health support, call 211. Or 211palmbeach.org. For mental health counseling information, you can also contact the Faulk Center for Counseling (561-483-5300.) For additional Covid-19 information: cdc.gov or coronavirus.gov For medical assistance for the uninsured, contact

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Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

by Nancy Gau   On April 29, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the partial reopening of the state, with the exception of the three counties in southeast Florida. This includes “Palm Beach County”. Here, we look to Dr. Alina Alonso (PBC Director of the Florida Department of Health, for guidelines. She announced on April 29 that most golf courses, pools, parks, and tennis courts in the county would be open, with social distancing still required. Beaches, hair salons, and restaurants remain closed (with the exception of carryout for food). Elderly individuals continue to be advised to stay at home as much as possible. Everyone should wear a mask when they do go out.   Abuse centers (e.g., The Lord’s Place, Butterfly House for Rape Victims, etc.) are open to assist victims of domestic abuse. Victims should NOT avoid reporting or seeking treatment out of fear for contracting the virus. Please at

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COVID-19

COVID-19

Check below for the latest COVID information.
Learn first hand how the Coronavirus is affecting our local community and what we can expect in the weeks to come, and what we need to do to stay safe.

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Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

by Nancy Gau Keep washing those hands for 20 seconds, but if your hands become chapped or cracked-moisturize! Practice social distancing! (Even on your walks and grocery run.) Wearing a mask to the grocery is now advisable if only to prevent you from touching your face. Contact the Florida DOH Covid-19 call center at 1-866-779-6121. If you become symptomatic and are unable to reach your physician, contact the Health Department at 561-840-4500. And stay home! Other useful contact information: 561-642-1000 for testing appointments.  TESTING IS FREE! For mental health support, call 211. Or 211palmbeach.org. For mental health counseling information, you can also contact the Faulk Center for Counseling (561-483-5300.) For additional information: gov or coronavirus.gov For medical assistance for the uninsured, contact FACHC.org or FLmedical.org. Price Gouge Hotline: 1-866-966-7226 Elder Care Hotline: 561-684-5885 or 561-214-8600   Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (including your cell phones), using wipes, or a

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2020 Healthcare Enrollment

2020 Healthcare Enrollment

Wow — 1,912,394 That’s the number of people in Florida who enrolled in an Affordable Care Act Health Insurance plan for 2020.  The enrollment period ran from November 1, 2019, to December 15, 2019.  During that period, our Healthcare Issue Group assisted Epilepsy Florida, which had the lead navigator contract, by distributing some 3000 of their fliers.  We delivered or sent fliers to churches, synagogues, community centers, etc. and to every Palm Beach County public library.  We also shared it with thousands of people on social media. The nearly two million enrollees were the highest of any state in the nation, and it marked a big increase from last year.  We extend big thanks to our Healthcare team (a few of whom are pictured) and kudos as well to Joyce Sullivan and her daughter, Marci Ball-Elordi, who assisted with printing.  And to Pam Maldonado who assisted with the distribution of fliers at registration

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Healthcare Reform- November Report

Healthcare Reform- November Report

NOVEMBER HOT TOPIC: HEALTH CARE REFORM Marsha Vinson The LWVPBC Healthcare Issue Group sponsored Kelly James of Florida Blue at November’s Hot Topic. Many Leaguers consider it the most important Hot Topic this year. Kelly, Director of the Florida Blue Center for Health Policy, explained that it is a very complicated subject. Kelly covered many significant topics including the impact of the Federal government’s regulations on health coverage, open enrollment, essential health benefits, as well as Medicare Advantage, prescription drug prices, Medicaid expansion, and the possible impact of Medicare for all. He suggested looking at the Kaiser Family Foundation website for an in-depth review of national health issues: https://www.kff.org/interactive/compare-medicare-for-all-public-plan-proposals/. More than a hundred attended. Kelly made a clear and concise presentation of a very complicated subject. As always with Hot Topic events, the presentation may be viewed on-line LWVPBC website. The link to his PowerPoint on Health Care Reform can

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