Wednesday, June 14, 2017

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Health Coverage



In the United States, an estimated 12.7 million people signed up for coverage in the 2016 Open Enrollment, allowing them to gain or renew access to the health coverage they need. Enrolling in a health plan, however, is only the initial step. To help you go from coverage to care, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has created resources in multiple languages, available at no cost, to help you understand your benefits and connect to a primary care provider and preventive services.

Here are five ways to make the most of your health coverage:


  1. Confirm your coverage: Be sure your enrollment is complete. Contact your health plan and/or state Medicaid office. Pay your premium if you have one, so you can use your health coverage when you need it.
  2. Know where to go for answers: Contact your health plan to see what services are covered, and what your costs will be. Read the Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You to learn about key health insurance terms, like coinsurance and deductible.
  3. Find a provider: Select a health care provider in your network who will work with you to get your recommended health screenings. Remember you might pay more if you see a provider who is out-of-network.
  4. Make an appointment: Confirm your provider accepts your coverage. Talk to your provider about preventive services. Ask questions about your concerns and what you can do to stay healthy.
  5. Fill your prescriptions: Some drugs cost more than others. Ask in advance how much your prescription costs and if there is a more affordable option.

Share these tips with your family and friends so they too can make the most of their health
coverage and live a long healthy life. Also, check out the Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You for a step-by-step guide on how to use your coverage and more detailed health insurance information.

For more information about From Coverage to Care, visit http://go.cms.gov/c2c.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Best of Luck, Karie!

AAHI bids farewell to our Program Coordinator (Outreach), Karie Cheung. Karie joined AAHI in January 2016 and has been an indispensable member of our team since. Before she leaves, we had a short interview with Karie on her experience working at AAHI and here are her responses!

Q: When did you join AAHI?
A: January, 2016; shortly after I graduated from University of Maryland.

Q: What brought you here?

A: While interning at the Adventist Healthcare Center of Health Equity and Wellness, I happened upon AAHI's Resource Information Table at an outreach event. I was drawn in by their mission and how they correlated with my personal career goals to create a bridge between healthcare and those that might face cultural and linguistic barriers.

Q: What are your responsibilities at AAHI?
A: I am responsible for planning, coordinating, and evaluating health initiatives that included health fairs, health lectures, and health screening. I also oversee the Health Promoters Program that consists of 24 community health workers. For the Health Promoters Program, I interview, hire, and lead trainings.

Q: What are some of the fondest memories you have while working here?
A: My favorite part of the position is doing outreach. I have the honor to be able to experience first-hand the countless cultures and backgrounds of how diverse the Asian American subgroup is. The best perk of the job is being able to attend the outreach events with our Health Promoters who treated me like family and guided me through the diversity of their own cultural backgrounds as well.

Q: What’s your next destination?

A: My next chapter is to take what I learned here at AAHI and bring it with me as I start nursing school in the fall. I hope to be able to pair my background in public health with a nursing education to continue to provide healthcare to all.

 


Karie, we will miss you at a lot at AAHI! Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to AAHI during your time here. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Recap: ECHO Workshop #13 "Aging in Montgomery County: Building a Safer Community Together"

On May 16th, AAHI, in partnership with the African American Health Program, the Latino Health Initiative, and the Community Action Agency, hosted our 13th Empowering Community Health Organizations (ECHO) Workshop! This workshop, "Aging in Montgomery County: Building a Safer Community Together", is the second of our three part series focusing on the needs, impacts, and opportunities of an aging community. The last part of this series will follow in the fall of 2017.

Our ECHO Project is a series of professional and practical training workshops designed to build the capacity and sustainability of community organizations.

Prior to the workshop, attendees were able to visit our resource for information on services and programs available for residents related to the safety of older people.




The workshop was conducted in a panel discussion format and representatives from the Montgomery Department of Health and Human Services Aging and Disability Services, the Police Department, the Department of Fire and Rescue Services, the State's Attorney's Office, and the Long Term Care Ombudsman were invited to talk about the importance of elder safety and ways and resources available to the community on elder abuse prevention.




Over 100 attendees, representing 47 organizations, came to the workshop. Thank you to our wonderful panelists, Steering Committee, and staff for making this a successful event. We look forward to seeing you again in our fall 2017 ECHO Workshop!

Please click here to read the Workshop Summary (4MB) where yo will find electronic version of the handouts from the workshop.

Please click on the image below to see more photos from the night!



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Recap: AAHI Outreach Activities

Spring time is one of AAHI's busiest outreach seasons! During the past couple of weeks, AAHI participated in 8 different outreach activities and there are many more to come!

On April 14, AAHI hosted our Resource Information Table at the Bait-Ur-Rehman Mosque. We distributed general health information and education on different health topics such as cancer and mental health. We also introduced community members to different programs and services available in Montgomery County.

Click here to see more photos!

Over the weekend of April 15 and 16, we attended the Cambodian New Year Festival, the Sri Lankan New Year Festival, and the Wat Thai New Year Festival. As part of the New Year celebrations, there were many cultural activities and festive foods available. We distributed general health information and local resources available at our Resource Information Table. Our Health Promoters provided outreach and education on several health topics, including breast cancer, hepatitis B, osteoporosis, local resources, diabetes, and patient-physician communication. We would like to thank the Cambodian Buddhist Society, the Maryland Buddhist Viharaya, and the Wat Thai Washington, D.C. for having us!

Click on the photos below to see more photos from the events!
     


Have you heard about Friends' Corner? Friends' Corner is one of AAHI's newest projects focusing on the health and wellness of older adults in the Asian American community. Unlike a regular workshop, Friends' Corner provides a welcoming place for older adults to gather informally and learn about health related topics and resources in a relaxing environment. We hope through this project, older adults will have the opportunity to mingle and build bonds with others in the community.

Click on the photos below to see photos from Friends' Corner!



Check back on our blog soon for other updates!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

AAHI's April 2017 newsletter is now available!

The April 2017 issue of AAHI's newsletter is now available online! Please click the image below to read a full-size version of the newsletter. Subscribe to our mailing list today to receive our quarterly newsletters via email!