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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Medicaid Expansion Aids Maternal Health

Medicaid Expansion Aids Maternal Health

Medicaid Expansion Aids Maternal Health By Emilie McKendall A young woman in Broward County, FL was recently forced to deliver her newborn baby alone, in a prison cell.  And an Alabama woman was charged with murder when she was shot in the abdomen during an altercation, resulting in the death of her unborn child.  (These charges were later dropped.)  Both women were minorities. These are just two examples of racial disparities in our country. A report by Christine Sexton of Tallahassee, (Medicaid expansion aids maternal health) says it all.  Ms. Sexton’s report states “Medicaid plays an important part in maternal and child health care, and states like Florida that refuse to expand the program are missing an opportunity to address racial disparities in maternal health” according to the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Infant mortality is a key indicator of health and the effectiveness of the health care system in

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Healthcare Meeting: How to prepare for an emergency

Healthcare Meeting: How to prepare for an emergency

How to prepare for an emergency, save your life and manage life’s transitions. The Healthcare Committee in partnership with Emergency Info Plan is hosting two meetings for League members and their friends at the Compass Community Center. Register December 10, 2019, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM Today families often live states apart. Learn how to be better prepared for emergencies. Use your iPhone to alert 911 and important contacts. Provide first responders with medical info at the scene. Determine what documents are important to have on hand at a moment’s notice and show healthcare surrogates how to access them no matter where they are. Attendees receive a complimentary iPhone Sticker to show bystanders how to alert 911 and contacts and show First Responders how to access medical info at the scene. Plus a list of important documents and information you will need to assemble and make available for a life transition. Our speaker John

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Healthcare Committee Kickoff Meeting

  LWV has supported ACA ( Affordable Healthcare Act)  for 10 years. The program has been underfunded by the Feds for 3 years so they depend on grassroots to help get the word out about open enrollment and assistance in enrolling.  We get nothing in return, except kudos and warm hearts (for helping more people get affordable, quality, healthcare). Contact Nancy Gau at 561-439-4522 if you are interested in assisting with this project.

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Be Better Prepared for an Emergency

Be Better Prepared for an Emergency

HEALTHCARE ISSUE GROUP ANNOUNCES A NEW PROJECT The Healthcare committee and Emergency Info Plan LLC is excited to announce that we are promoting a program (EIP) to members of the League, organizations, and businesses. This will help their members and employees be better prepared for an emergency by using their iPhone to alert 911 and emergency contacts and provide vital medical information to First Responders. This program offers an opportunity for the League to receive revenue for our operating budget by introducing EIP to businesses and organizations that might want to support the program As a League member, you are entitled to receive a free sticker for your iPhone and be entered into a gift card giveaway. As a League member you are entitled to receive a free sticker for your iPhone to show bystanders how to Alert 911 and Important Contacts should you have an emergency in your incapacity.

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

By Nancy Gau Sept. 15, 2019 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 123 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) are currently in the planning phase of working together on this issue. In 2017 there were @40,000 gun deaths in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, the majority of these deaths were due to suicide. A recent

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Falls Prevention Awareness

Falls Prevention Awareness

Nancy Gau, Healthcare Falls can kill!  And according to recent studies published by JAMA, deadly falls among older Americans are on the rise, nearly tripling in recent years.  The actual numbers are shocking.  Approximately 25,000 older Americans died last year as a result of a fall.  You CAN help prevent yourself from becoming one of these statistics.    Here are some tips from the National Council on Aging, and similar agencies: MEDS Some blood pressure meds and anti-anxiety drugs can make you lightheaded or dizzy and more prone to falls.  Speak to your physician!  Review your list of meds and their dosage and discuss any needed changes.  And hydrate!  It is a good way to fight dizziness. EYE EXAMS Eyesight is definitely a component when it comes to falls.  Do not delay those annual exams.  And try to avoid wearing your progressive lenses or bifocals when taking a walk outside.  They

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