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February 19, 2014

LHIC News and Updates


Hello LHIC members!

As a reminder, our LHIC retreat will be held at the Hawthorn Center, located at 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, MD 21044, on Thursday, April 3 from 9-5.  Lunch and snacks will be served. More details to follow.

Please RSVP for you or your group. RSVPs are only necessary if you are planning on attending the retreat.  

RSVP here: 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FNCZNYP

Remember, we're now on Facebook! Please "like" us and spread the word about the LHIC. Check the page for LHIC updates, local and national health news, as well as information about local events here in Howard County. If you have something you'd like to post on the page, email Alisha at awolf@healthyhowardmd.org.

Maryland Health Exchange Updates

Connection Update, Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Enrollments in qualified health plans increased to a total of 31,112 individuals; 
  • 158,263 Marylanders have created identity-verified accounts;
  • 95,889 Marylanders signed up through the Primary Adult Care (PAC) program were now automatically converted to Medicaid coverage effective January 1, 2014.
Open enrollment continues through March 31, 2014 so Marylanders that have not enrolled yet can still do so.

For more updates on ACA enrollment, see the full report.
 

Howard County 

Do you need ACA enrollment materials? Healthy Howard's Patricia Omana, the regional outreach manager, has free enrollment materials available for anyone who needs them. These include posters, flyers and brochures. She is also available to do outreach, meetings and trainings on enrollment and the Affordable Care Act.  You can contact Patricia at pomana@healthyhowardmd.org or 410-313-5170. She is anxious to partner with anyone who may need assistance. See detailed information from the Door below.
 
She writes: "People who need health coverage can come to the Door to HealthCare for help. Our hours of operation are: Monday-Tuesday-Friday 8:30AM to 5:00PM; Wednesday-Thursday 8:30AM to 6:00PM and Saturday the 8th and 15th of February and March from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. We can go to your location, give a presentation and enroll your staff."
 

Health in the News
Healthy Weight
Montgomery County Introduces Bill That Would Ban Energy Drink Sales to Minors
A bill that would ban the sale of energy drinks to minors in Montgomery County, Maryland, was introduced by two council delegates last week. The bill would prohibit minors from purchasing or possessing any 12-ounce beverage containing at least 71 milligrams of caffeine and other ingredients, and also remove such beverages from vending machines. Retailers and minors violating the ban would be subject to fines. Read the full article here.

Behavioral Health
DHMH Releases Continuity of Care Report
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a report from the Continuity of Care Advisory Panel, which included recommendations to improve the state's behavioral health service delivery system, health outcomes, and disparities that prevent care for patients with severe mental illness. According to the report, interruptions in treatment for individuals with serious mental illness can delay recovery. The advisory panel examined barriers to continuity of care including economic, social, legal, and clinical concerns. The report includes 25 recommendations in the following categories:
-accessibility of mental health records,
-services to address the needs of individuals with serious mental illness,
-workforce training,
-mental health literacy,
-additional areas for research,
-delegated decision making,
-services for court-involved individuals, and
-involuntary commitment


Click here to read the press release.

Access to Care
Tax Time is the Right Time for ACA Enrollment
Three-fourths of the uninsured who qualify for help under the Affordable Care Act, including 90 percent of young adults eligible for health insurance marketplace subsidies, file federal income tax returns, according to a new brief. Most will use professional tax preparers and file by the March 31 close of open enrollment. This offers an innovative and timely approach to reach the majority of eligible uninsured, including 90 percent of the young adults whose participation levels many believe will determine the ACA's eventual success or failure. This brief was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and prepared by researchers at The Urban Institute. Learn more about how tax time could lead to a boom in health insurance enrollment here.

Upcoming Events 

Substance Use and Mental Disorders: Early Detection, Prevention, and Treatment (FREE WEBINAR)
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 12:30 to 2:00 pm ET
Healthy People 2020 will host a Progress Review Webinar on “Substance Use and Mental Disorders: Early Detection, Prevention, and Treatment.” NIMH Deputy Director Philip Wang, M.D., Dr.P.H. will present on the state of science for mental health and mental disorders, with a focus on NIMH efforts related to suicide prevention and early detection of serious mental illness, including schizophrenia and related disorders. Click on the link above to register.

Living with Cancer Support Group
February 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Designed to meet the needs of men and women cancer patients diagnosed with Stage IV or Metastatic Disease. We offer a safe and welcoming place that provides encouragement, support and education. The support group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month and is facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C. Please call 410 964-9100 to register for this free support group. Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD.

HC DrugFree Call for PSAs
DrugFree is looking for teens to create Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that focus on preventing prescription & over-the-counter drug misuses and abuse in youth ages 12 to 25 for the HoCo FilmFest. Submission deadline is March 3, 2014. For more information contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director of HC DrugFree, at joan@hcdrugfree.org or 443-325-0040.

Weighing in on Your Child's Weight
HCGH Wellness Center 
March 25, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Learn about what parents can do to help their overweight child achieve a healthy weight.  A pediatrician and psychiatrist will share ideas, tools, and tips to help children reach a healthier weight.  Register for the class at hcgh.org or call (410) 740-7601.

NAMI Howard County Fashion Show

NAMI Howard County in partnership with Success in Style will be sponsoring a Spring Fashion Show fundraiser on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 2:00pm at Savage Mill. Please call 410-772-9300 for tickets.

St. Agnes Rehab Fitness Center is offering new fitness classes!  
New classes include Zumba, Pilates and Boot Camp.  Classes are free for members and $8 for non-members. Please contact Wauseca Briscoe at 
wauseca.briscoe@stagnes.org for scheduling information.

Upcoming LHIC Events

Monday, 2/24/14
12 noon-1 pm

Next Executive Committee meeting at 8930 Standford Blvd., Columbia, MD
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