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March 5, 2014

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Full LHIC Meeting on Monday, March 10
A reminder that our next full LHIC meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 10, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Ascend One Building, 8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia. This meeting will be in the Potomac Room, which is accessed from the back of the building. Watch your email for more detailed instructions. 

LHIC Member Survey
Many thanks to all who completed the survey! We had a total of 42 respondents. Maryland Nonprofits will be analyzing the data and we will discuss the results during our March 10 meeting. 

LHIC Retreat
If you haven't already RSVP'd for our LHIC retreat on Thursday, April 3 from 9-5, please do so by Friday March 14.  The retreat will be held at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia. Lunch and snacks will be served. More details to follow.

RSVP here: 

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 28, 2014

  • 35,636 Marylanders have chosen to enroll in private health plans through Maryland Health Connection; 
  • 170,390 Marylanders have created identity-verified accounts;
  • 19,068 Marylanders who who have chosen plans through Maryland Health Connection have paid the first premium for their policies;
  • 95,889 Marylanders signed up through the Primary Adult Care (PAC) program were automatically converted to Medicaid coverage effective January 1, 2014.
Open enrollment continues through March 31, 2014, so Marylanders who 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 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
Study Finds 43% Drop in Obesity Rate for Preschoolers
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-olds dropped from 14 percent in 2004 to eight percent in 2012. Although this age group makes up only a small portion of the population, they are, perhaps, the most significant age group, as eating and exercise habits formed early are often harder to change later. For the full article, click here.

Behavioral Health
Telemedicine Increases Access to Behavioral Health Services in Maryland 
To treat patients with behavioral health care needs in underserved areas of Maryland and Washington, D.C., Catholic Charities plans to increase access to services in Allegany County through telemedicine technology. With a $53,479 grant from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Eckhart Alternative School will be able to remedy mental health needs with the help of Catholic Charities Mountain Maryland Behavioral Health Clinic. This collaboration helps children affected by emotional and behavioral challenges and other mental health issues access resources necessary to improve health. Click here to learn more.

Access to Care
Maryland Health Connection Enrollment Fairs
Maryland Health Connection is sponsoring a series of enrollment fairs around the state. With the assistance of certified representatives, individuals attending the events will be able to apply for and enroll in Medicaid or qualified health plans. On Saturday, March 15, there will be an enrollment fair at the Door to Healthcare in Columbia. For more information, visit http://marylandhealthconnection.gov/healthconnectnow.

Upcoming Events 

Latino Health Fair
March 15, noon-4:00 p.m.
Join us for a free health fair at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center - free health screenings and health information for the Spanish-speaking population in Howard County and adjacent areas. Free health screenings include: blood pressure, colorectal cancer, glucose, cholesterol, children’s dental exam, HIV/AIDS, vision and hearing. 

Health Reform/Healthy Business Forum
March 20, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The Meeting House
5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia
In today’s healthcare environment, small businesses worry about two things:
1. How will Health Reform affect my business? Join us to hear how health reform will impact your company! What are the deadlines? How will Health Insurance Exchanges affect your company? What will tax credits mean to you?
2. How can I improve my company’s profitability? Healthy employees miss less work, and they are more productive while they are at work. Hear from companies that are creating healthier employees, and reaping the rewards! Share your challenges and learn solutions.
We hope you can join us for this free breakfast forum. Seating is limited. Please no more than 2 per company.
For more information, please call 410-988-3737 X53. To register, please visit

Healthy Aging and Care Management
March 21, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Elkridge Senior Center
6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge

Learn about healthy aging behaviors as well as the challenges and management options to ensure your family member's function and quality of life. Presented by Susanne Gibbons, CRNP, Ph.D. and Joseph Gibbons, M.D.  Light healthy refreshments. Registration is recommended but walk-ins are welcome.

Weighing in on Your Child's Weight
March 25, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
HCGH Wellness Center 
Learn about what parents can do to help their overweight child achieve a healthy weight.  A pediatrician, psychiatrist, dietitian, and exercise specialist  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

Sunday, March 30, 2:00 p.m.
Savage Mill
NAMI Howard County in partnership with Success in Style is sponsoring a Spring Fashion Show fundraiser. Please call 410-772-9300 for tickets.

Upcoming LHIC Events

Monday, 3/10/14
10 am - 12 noon

Next Full LHIC Meeting
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD

Thursday, 4/4/14
9 am - 5 pm
LHIC Retreat

The Hawthorn Center
6175 Sunny Spring
Columbia, MD
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