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Uninsured Americans in Minnesota with pre-existing conditions continue to gain coverage through Affordable Care Act


Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today made new resources available to the media, consumer groups, states, health care providers, and others to increase awareness of the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), a health plan for uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions created by the Affordable Care Act.

Americans in Minnesota continue to enroll in the plan, which was created in 2010 to provide comprehensive health coverage - at the same price that otherwise healthy people pay - for uninsured Americans living with such conditions as cancer, diabetes, or heart disease who have been unable to obtain affordable health insurance coverage.

"This program has helped thousands of people that desperately need coverage and we are excited to see Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan enrollment is ramping up, in much of the way enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) did in the 1990's, as more people learn about the new insurance options available," said Steve Larsen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), which operates the program. "We are working every day to get the word out about this program, to find people who have been abandoned by the health insurance industry to get them the coverage they have been denied for so long."

This temporary program covers a broad range of health benefits and is designed as a bridge for people with pre-existing conditions who cannot obtain health insurance coverage in today's private insurance market. In 2014, all Americans - regardless of their health status - will have access to affordable coverage either through their employer or through a new competitive marketplace, and insurers will be prohibited from denying coverage to anyone based on their health status.

The Department is actively working with states, consumer groups, chronic disease organizations, health care providers, social workers, other federal agencies, and the insurance industry to promote the plan, including holding meetings with State officials, consumer groups, and others. New resources that are available to communities to help inform eligible Americans of the plan include a new web badge that links toPCIP.gov, as well as a new newsletter and website drop-in language that partners can use in their outreach efforts.

In Minnesota, 29 people have enrolled in the plan, and nationally, enrollment in the Pre-existing Condition Insu .....
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Gundersen Lutheran-Harmony Clinic welcomes Randi Berg to their staff

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Randi Berg, MD, has joined the staff at the Gundersen Lutheran - Harmony Clinic as a family medicine physician. Having lived in Decorah for the first 11 years of her life, returning to attend Luther College, and spending the past 10 years as a physi ..... 
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Volunteer needed for Semcac

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Semcac Board of Directors is looking for one person to represent the interests of the consumer from Fillmore County.

The board includes three groups from the community: one-third represent the public sector; one-third represent the consu ..... 
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Get ready for the Relay for Life kick-off!

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Relay for Life would like to invite you to two very important events coming up! Help us kick off this year's Relay for Life!

Sunday, February 20th-Kick off Breakfast 

•When? 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

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Harmony blood drive collects 51 units

Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 14th succeeded in collecting 51 units of blood. There were 65 donors that presented with seven first-time participants. Congratulations to these three donors who reached the following milestones:

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Bloodmobile in Harmony on December 14

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14, 2010. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver's license.

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Ban the bug clinic scheduled

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

In an effort to encourage Minnesotans to get vaccinated against influenza, Fillmore County Public Health will be holding flu clinics as part of the statewide Ban the Bug Campaign (December 5-11, 2010). Ban the Bug Influenza Vaccination Clinics will ..... 
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HHS Officials to Unveil Update to HealthCare.gov Insurance Finder

Mon, Nov 15th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, November 15 2010

Contact: HHS Press Office

(202) 690-6343

Doubles Number of Plans Available for Comparison in Consumer Tool

WASHINGTON -- On Monday, November 15th, Todd Park, Ch ..... 
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HHS Officials to Discuss New Choices in the Affordable Care Act's Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan in 2011

Fri, Nov 5th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

WASHINGTON - On Friday, November 5, at 12:30 p.m. officials from HHS' Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight will hold a press conference call to discuss new choices that will be available in federally-administered Pre-existing Condit ..... 
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