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July 25, 2017

Your Weekly Source for Health Center Policy Updates

Senate Moves Ahead to Health Debate, Endgame Unclear

Just after 3pm on Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted on the “Motion to Proceed” to debate over health reform legislation. The vote, which has been considered a key hurdle in the Congressional process of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was 50-50, with two Republican Senators (Murkowski and Collins) voting no, and with Vice President Pence stepping in to break the tie.

What will happen next is very unclear. Reports this morning indicate that Senate leaders do not believe they have the necessary votes to pass either a “repeal and delay” bill along the lines of what passed in 2015, nor a version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) that’s gone through several iterations in the Senate so far. They are rumored to be planning a vote on a “skinny” repeal package that would include three elements: repeal of the individual and employer mandates, as well as the medical device tax put in place by the ACA. Under this circumstance, this would be considered a “lowest common denominator” necessary to get the votes to pass the Senate, and key details of a final package would be left to be negotiated with the House in a conference committee.

Click here and here for good summaries of where things stand, and keep an eye on the NACHC blog for the latest developments. In the meantime, advocates should continue to weigh in with Senators, as health centers’ concerns over these proposals remain unchanged.

If you aren’t signed up to receive NACHC’s weekly ‘Washington Update’ you may do so here.

UPDATE: Last night, the Senate voted on a modified version of the BCRA. This did not receive the required votes to pass.

UPDATE: Today, the “repeal and delay” option was introduced. This did not receive the required amount of votes to pass.

Live Well Wednesday

Don’t Bug Me- Keep the Ticks Away While You Play!

At Compass Community Health Care Center we are dedicated to providing the best health care possible. We are listening to our patients, families, and community with their health concerns and questions. Watch for #LiveWellWednesday posts each Wednesday, which focus on giving you the information and tips you need to understand current health care concerns and topics.

During the month of July we will be focusing on a new summertime weekly topic that addresses important seasonal issues.  Be sure and check back each Wednesday in July to get helpful information and tips from the Compass Community Health Care Center providers on keeping yourself, and your family healthy all summer long.

With the peak of the summer season upon us, and daylight hours lasting longer, our outdoor fun and activities keep us outside well into the evening hours.  Swimming, hiking, boating and soaking up the sun are enjoyed by many, but there are occasionally some uninvited guests.  Ticks are always present in high grass and forested areas, as well as neighborhood back yards.  Here are some tips to insure those tick pests don’t derail your summer fun.

Prevent tick bites by applying a repellant that contains DEET.  The amount of DEET should contain at least 20 percent for adults, but no more than 30 percent for children.  Consider wearing permethrin-treated clothing and avoid high grass and heavy brush areas when hiking.  Check your body thoroughly everyday, paying special attention to places bugs like to hide, like armpits, behind ears, in your hair, between the legs and even inside the belly button.

Should you find a tick, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers to grasp it and pull upward slowly and steadily.  Do not twist, as this can leave the tick’s head in your skin.  Finally, dab the area with alcohol to disinfect.

Be aware to watch for signs of inflammation after the removal of a tick, and visual symptoms like a rash, or fever, fatigue, or flulike symptoms.  If you notice any of these, seek medical attention.  Keep in mind that Lyme disease often causes a “bulls-eye” rash.  Should your tick bite develop into anything like this picture, contact your doctor or visit the emergency department or urgent care nearest to you.tick2.jpg

For additional information on this topic, or to schedule an appointment with one of our providers please contact our office at 740-351-7102.

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Live Well Wednesday

Ask the Experts- What’s the best Way to Protect Yourself from Harmful UV Rays?

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At Compass Community Health Care Center we are dedicated to providing the best health care possible. We are listening to our patients, families, and community with their health concerns and questions. Watch for #LiveWellWednesday posts each Wednesday, which focus on giving you the information and tips you need to understand current health care concerns and topics.

During the month of July we will be focusing on a new summertime weekly topic that addresses important seasonal issues.  Be sure and check back each Wednesday in July to get helpful information and tips from the Compass Community Health Care Center providers on keeping yourself, and your family healthy all summer long.

This week we asked our providers at Compass Community Health Care Center…

“What do you do with your own family to protect your skin from harmful UV rays?

Megan Whisman, FNP: “Use sunscreen everyday, even on cloudy days, and reapply every couple hours.  Big hats will also limit the amount of skin exposure, and are super fun.”

Ryan Carpenter, FNP-BC: “When in doubt reapply your sunscreen.  Most people have a false sense of protection, especially ‘waterproof’ that isn’t really waterproof and wears off quickly.  Another often misconception is that 100 SPF gives you twice the time and protection as 50 SPF and that isn’t the case.”

Thea Floyd, RN: “I make sure my family uses a sunscreen of SPF 50 or higher, reapplying at least every hour while in direct sun, wear protective clothing, umbrellas, and avoid early afternoon sunlight.”

For additional information on this topic, or to schedule an appointment with one of our providers please contact our office at 740-351-7102.

#LiveWellWednesday                           #CompassCares                                    #RealPeopleCompassionCare

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#CompassAdvocates @ The Ohio Statehouse

Following the introduction of the Ohio Senate’s version of the state budget early last week, Governor Kasich issued a line-item veto later that same week for the provision which would freeze enrollment for the expanded Medicaid group come July 2018. It was then heavily rumored that the Ohio legislature would seek to override the veto.

With hundreds of thousands of lives depending on expanded Medicaid, representatives from Compass Community Health and The Counseling Center travelled to Columbus, Ohio yesterday to partake in a rally outside the statehouse. There, they showed their support for the cause alongside OACHC and representatives from other Federally Qualified Health Centers, as well as many other Medicaid advocates.

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Photo Courtesy of OACHC (Facebook)

Among the group of representatives was Chuck Oliver, a counselor at TCC, who not only went in show of support, but also spoke to the large crowd about what Medicaid expansion meant for him. Oliver, who also spoke during last month’s press conference, explained that, because of expansion, he was able to enter addiction treatment services, receive treatment for chronic conditions he was unaware he had, and then attend school in order to become a counselor. As a result, he now pays it forward and sees how expansion makes a positive impact in the lives of the clients he serves each and every day. “Without expansion, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Oliver explained.

Other speakers included a retired mother who, due to divorce, was finding it difficult to provide for the needs of her mentally ill son. Through expansion, he was able to receive in-home care, counseling, and prescription coverage. She now worries what might happen if he were to lose access to the program.

Next, a provider told the story of a patient of who had lost her job due to the recession. Being diabetic, she was unable to afford the high cost of her prescriptions and would wind up in the ER when the need arose. Because of expansion, her diabetes is now under control and she has since re-entered the workforce.

He also spoke of a male patient who, because of an illness (and no coverage), wound up in the ER where they found a spot on his lung. He eventually received assistance through expansion and started seeing his primary care physician. Fortunately, they found the spot in question hadn’t progressed and was treatable.

He also stressed the cost saving measures of expanded Medicaid, as exemplified by his patient stories; when people can’t afford to go to a primary care provider, especially for chronic conditions, they seek care from Emergency Rooms which ends up costing everyone more.

Save Lives

The rally was a chance for Ohioans affected by expansion to share their stories publicly, as well as for others to show their support for the hundreds of thousands of Ohioans who now have access to coverage thanks to expansion.

While each person’s experience with expansion is unique, one theme rings true among all the stories shared by yesterday’s speakers, as well as those stories shared by patients in exams rooms all across the state of Ohio, each and every day, and that is that expanded Medicaid saves lives.

If you are interested in helping advocate for quality affordable health coverage, sign up to be an advocate TODAY!

Protect Medicaid
Photo Courtesy of OACHC (Facebook)

 

A big THANK YOU to Chuck for sharing his story!


BREAKING : Due to the commitment to advocacy in the past several days from Ohioans all across the state in the form of calls, emails, tweets, and more, as well as the presence at yesterday’s rally, the Ohio House of Representatives has decided to forego overriding Governor Kasich’s veto of the expansion freeze. While the discussion of an override is “pending” and there is talk of the Ohio House bringing the conversation back up this fall, it all indications are that your voice has been heard. Strong advocacy works and you all are to thank for making a difference in the lives of not only the patients and clients of CCH and TCC but those of Ohioans all across the state.

Live Well Wednesday

Ask the Experts– What’s the best way to stay hydrated in the summer?

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At Compass Community Health Care Center we are dedicated to providing the best health care possible. We are listening to our patients, families, and community with their health concerns and questions. Watch for #LiveWellWednesday posts each Wednesday, which focus on giving you the information and tips you need to understand current health care concerns and topics.

During the month of July we will be focusing on a new summertime weekly topic that addresses important seasonal issues.  Be sure and check back each Wednesday in July to get helpful information and tips from the Compass Community Health Care Center providers on keeping yourself, and your family healthy all summer long.

This week we asked our providers at Compass Community Health Care Center…

“What do you do to keep yourself and your family hydrated during these hot summer days?”

Megan Whisman, FNP: “A few good tips to keep hydrated on hot summer days for my family is flavored ice cubes and fruit smoothies consisting of fruits high in water and yogurt.  Staying hydrated through what we eat is also important, watermelon is one of our big go to fruits.  And last but not least are homemade popsicles, our favorite summertime treat!”

Ryan Carpenter, FNP-BC: “Our family hiked through Death Valley last year and used hydration backpacks filled with water and frozen bottles of water.  I noticed that when water was readily available that my family stayed well hydrated.  Here’s an example of the hydration pack we used.”

hydration pack

For additional information on this topic, or to schedule an appointment with one of our providers, please contact our office at 740-351-7102.

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