How do you de-stress?

For many of us, the holidays are a time to reflect and spend time away from a busy schedule for family and friends. But they also bring an unwanted passenger: Stress! Holidays can mean cramming more work into a smaller period, dealing with strained familial relationships, and traveling long distances in poor weather. We know holidays can be stressful, so we asked our center staff: How do you de-stress? Here are some insights from health center staff and health partners: “Meditation, music, walking” – Lisa VanMaele, OIHN Pontiac High School “Music, oils, and breathing” – Myra Smeester, MDS CAA ECP “Meditation, and talking...
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My Health Story Contest

What’s YOUR health story? #Myhealthstory School-Based Health Care Awareness Month is the time each year that we pause to celebrate the value of school-based, school-linked and school wellness programs. Each year, we ask youth across Michigan to tell us how a School-Based or School-linked Health Center has improved their health and helped them to succeed in school. DETAILS: Contestants are asked to submit a 300-500 word essay about their experiences with a School-Based or School-linked Health Center. Stories will be posted daily on our website beginning in February during Awareness Month to when we host advocacy day. The story should answer one...
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What to Tell Consumers about Open Enrollment

Are you confused about Open Enrollment this year? We have some quick facts that should help you translate the changes in the marketplace to your clients. START EARLY on your application. Time is short, and more than likely no extensions will be given past Dec. 15. If you miss this deadline, you will have to wait a year. Though MI has just 2 less insurance companies in the Marketplace, competition is robust. Be sure to go the to see the plans. Premiums are up, BUT, because Advance Premium Tax Credits (APTC)are based on the Silver Plans (and those premiums...
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SCHA-MI Honors Advocates with Apple, Marilynn Keeslar Awards

Every year, the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan recognizes advocates who make outstanding contributions to school-based health centers. This year, we received over a dozen nominations from some of the most dedicated supporters of school-based health. They ranged from volunteers and funders, to practitioners and CEOs. Apple Winner Co-Winners: Mark and Christine Fazakerley; and Linda Juarez Mark and Christine Fazakerley are loyal advocates for the health and wellness of the community they call home.  A few years ago, they noted a critical need for health care in Oakridge Public Schools where their children had graduated and their grandchildren now attend.  They...
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Marketplace Enrollment Period Reduced to 45 Days

Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is GREATLY REDUCED this year. There will only be 45 days of enrollment time, November 1 – December 15.  There will, more than likely be no advertising either, so it’s important that navigators and other enrollers work far in advance to get the word out to families that they have a very short window to get the job done, if they are trying to enroll. We recommend putting up notices in your center, sending notices home, putting links to enrollment on your website and notices home. Of course, MI Bridges will be open all the time for Medicaid Enrollment. Helpful links to use are: MI Bridges:
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Nominate Someone for the SCHA-MI Awards!

Nominate someone for the Marilynn Keeslar and Apple Awards! Nominations Now Closed Marilynn Keeslar Award The Marilynn Keeslar Award recognizes an individual who encompasses the traits of Marilynn Keeslar. Those of you who knew Marilynn remember her as a strong and passionate advocate for children and school-based and school-linked health centers and programs. She was the coordinator at Fitzgerald Health Center for many years and served as the state liaison with Clinical Fusion. Marilynn sadly passed away from cancer and several of our members and colleagues thought it would be a wonderful tribute to her to recognize someone from the...
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Bridge Magazine: Who Wins, Loses if GOP Efforts Slay Obamacare

Last week, Bridge Magazine came out with a fantastical article which highlighted the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. If you aren’t familiar with Bridge, we highly recommend you check out their article on the ACA, as well as many other topics. They are one of the few journalism sources in Michigan to produce high-quality journalism on topics that affect Michigan. From the article, This map shows what analysts say the faltering GOP Senate health care plan would impose severe cuts to Medicaid over time. See where your county stands in share of population now covered by Medicaid.

National Healthcare Update: What’s happening

A news summary from last week on the healthcare: Low-income Americans pay more under Senate bill. Loren Adler and Paul Ginsburg run the numbers, and estimate that out-of-pocket health spending would rise sharply for Americans earning less than $25,000 or so. The biggest hike would be on older Americans. Adler and Ginsburg, in an analysis for the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, find that “the magnitude of this change stems in large part from the elimination of the ACA’s cost-sharing subsidies.” Read the full report here. “GOP Floats Proposal to Ease Medicaid Cuts”: “Senate Republicans, scrambling to win support for their health-care bill,...
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