Informational brain health program
The informational program “Brain Health – Can You Prevent Alzheimer’s?” by Kimberly Bland and Nickie Keagy will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Leetonia Community Public Library, 181 Walnut St. There will be a door prize and snacks. Register by calling 330-427-6635.
The Niles City Health Department, 34 West State St., is offering immunization clinics from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 4 and 18.
No appointment is necessary, and no one will be refused because of inability to pay. Parents are reminded that they must have their child’s immunization record; that children should be feeling well with no illness, fever or rash, and that children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Lisa Solley to address Area Ostomy group
Lisa Solley of the Area Agency on Aging 11 Inc. will address the December meeting of the Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Maple Room at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, 8401 Market St., Boardman. For information, call 330-480-3440.
Solley is site coordinator for the Aging Disability Resource Center and oversees the Area Agency on Aging’s wellness programs including Senior Olympics, A Matter of Balance for prevention of falls, chronic disease self-management, and Healthy Ideas.
How to obtain health insurance
The Community Action Agency of Columbiana County Health Centers’ certified application counselors are offering a program from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at Salem Public Library, 821 E. State St., on how to obtain health insurance through the Marketplace Exchange Insurance Program.
Registration is not required. There is no cost to attend, and the program is open to the public. For information, call 330-332-0042.
Health care concerns
Growing concerns about problems associated with Pennsylvanians losing their health insurance or not being able to enroll for newly introduced insurance Marketplace plans due to problems with the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace website have prompted physicians to press elected leaders for solutions, said Dr. Bruce A. MacLeod, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.
Also, members of the PMS passed a resolution at its annual House of Delegates meeting last month to work with the governor, state legislators and insurance commissioner to assure those experiencing cancellations in the state would be able to renew or extend their existing insurance contracts.
Plans at risk
According to Families USA, the national organization for health care consumers, almost 75 percent of people with individual health coverage are eligible for the Affordable Care Act’s premium subsidies or expanded Medicaid, and less than 1 percent of the nation’s nonelderly are at risk of losing their current individual market plan and paying more for insurance under the ACA.
Termination letters sent to end individual insurance policies are for plans that do not meet the ACA coverage standards, such as annual caps in insurance coverage, which are eliminated by the ACA. The ACA is designed to upgrade such substandard health coverage and, for many, to provide help to make insurance premiums more affordable, according to a Families USA report.