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Senator Casey Invites Community Health Net To ACA ForumĀ 

U.S. Senator Bob Casey

Senator Casey Invites Community Health Net To ACA Forum. The forum discussed the Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act.  

Erie, Pa. – December 08, 2020 – Community Health Net, the leading Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving the Lake Erie region, announced its participation in a forum presented by U.S. Senator Bob Casey on Tuesday, December 08, at 10 am. The panel addressed the Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, and publicity regarding Pennie, the new health insurance marketplace for Pennsylvanians.

“Health insurance coverage is vital to the well-being of families and individuals in the Lake Erie Region,” said Craig Ulmer, CEO of Community Health Net. The open enrollment period started on November 01, 2020, and closes on December 15, 2020, for those that require coverage as of January 1, 2021. “It is a particularly appropriate time to have a discussion on the health insurance marketplace for members of our community.”

U.S. Senator Casey, Jessica Altman, Insurance Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Anthony Ignocheck, M.D., Acting Medical Director, and Maria Calderon, Marketplace Navigator at Community Health Net, were in attendance with others.

About Community Health Net
Community Health Net is the preeminent, community-focused healthcare network that advances the wellness of the region.  Our mission is to improve the quality of life in our region by providing professional healthcare services with compassion, respect, and dignity to all. We are a Federally Qualified Health Center with seven locations serving the Lake Erie region for over 35 years.

The media is invited to contact Community Heath Net for comment. 814.454.4530 x227

Contacts

Community Health Net

Mary Lynn Slivinski

Director of Administrative Services

mslivinski@community-healthnet.com

814.454.4530 x227

Erie County Public Library partners with Community Health Net to offer Open Enrollment Coverage

Erie, PA –The Erie County Public Library partners with Community Health Net to offer information on open enrollment insurance coverage options.

The collaboration will offer a Zoom presentation on insurance coverage options with Q&A sessions on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. Registration is free and required to participate; register at events.erielibrary.org. An enrollment specialist will schedule one-on-one appointments following the presentations for those attendees in need of further information or assistance accessing the enrollment marketplace.

Health insurance coverage is vital to the well-being of families and individuals. In 2019, over 29 million Americans were living without health insurance. Uninsured nonelderly adults were over twice as likely as those with private coverage to have had problems paying medical bills in the past 12 months. Uninsured residents may face unaffordable medical bills when they do seek care.

The programming was made possible by the “Libraries connecting you to coverage” grant from the American Library Association.

For more information, contact Marcus Yuille at myuille@eriecountypa.gov, or Mary Lynn Slivinski at mslivinski@community-healthnet.com.

About Community Health Net
Community Health Net is the preeminent, community-focused healthcare network that advances the wellness of the region. Our mission is to improve our region’s quality of life by providing professional healthcare services with compassion, respect, and dignity to all. We are a Federally Qualified Health Center with seven locations serving the Lake Erie region for over 35 years.

CONTACT:
Marcus Yuille
myuille@eriecountypa.gov
814-451-6959

Community Health Net
Mary Lynn Slivinski
Director of Administrative Services
mslivinski@community-healthnet.com
814.454.4530 x227

December is National Influenza Awareness Month

The flu isn’t a “bad cold.” It can result in serious health complications that could lead to hospitalization. The flu can sometimes even lead to death. Now is the time to consider the flu vaccination.

Get the Facts.

  • The flu comes from influenza viruses A and B. There are different strands of the flu virus every year.
  • The flu causes fever, body aches, a headache, a dry cough, and a sore or dry throat. You will probably feel tired and less hungry than usual.
  • For people with higher risk, the flu is more likely to lead to severe complications resulting in hospitalization or even death.
  • Most people will recover in several days to less than two weeks. Some people will develop serious flu complications.

Take Action.

  • You can help prevent the flu by getting a flu vaccine each year. It’s best to get the vaccine as soon as it’s available.
  • See a medical provider immediately at the onset of symptoms.
  • Stay home, keep your distance from others, cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, wash your hands frequently, and wear a mask if you must leave home.
  • Flu symptoms can be treated at home by getting rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and taking medicine to lower your fever.

Why Get the Flu Shot?

Many people don’t get the flu shot because they think that it doesn’t work. Indeed, you can still get the flu because the flu is constantly evolving, but getting a vaccine can lower your chances of getting the flu and make the symptoms less severe. The flu can be very dangerous to people with health issues. Get the flu shot to protect the people you love.

Call Community Health Net to schedule an appointment with a provider today: (814) 455-7222. Or visit www.communityhealthnet.org for more information.

Our health information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Please be advised that this information is made available to assist the public in learning more about their health. Community Health Net providers may not see and/or treat all topics found herein.

Health Facts is a public service partnership of Community Health Net and CF Cares of Country Fair Stores, Inc.

Erie County Public Library partners with Community Health Net to offer Open Enrollment Coverage

Erie, PA –The Erie County Public Library partners with Community Health Net to offer information on open enrollment insurance coverage options.

The collaboration will offer two Zoom presentations on insurance coverage options with Q&A sessions on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. Registration is free and required to participate; register at events.erielibrary.org. An enrollment specialist will schedule one on-one appointments following the presentations for those attendees in need of further information or assistance accessing the enrollment marketplace.

“We are well aware that a single organization cannot provide the resources necessary to assist with the health needs of the region. We must work unitedly,” said Craig Ulmer, CEO of Community Health Net. One of Community Health Net’s strategic goals is to generate and promote meaningful preemptive care through collaborations. The organization believes that quality preemptive care is predicated upon a person’s ability to secure affordable health insurance.  “By partnering with vested partners, such as the Erie County Public Library, we have a better opportunity to help our community to address their health insurance needs,” said Ulmer.

Health insurance coverage is vital to the well-being of families and individuals. In 2019, over 29 million Americans were living without health insurance. Uninsured nonelderly adults were over twice as likely as those with private coverage to have had problems paying medical bills in the past 12 months. Uninsured residents may face unaffordable medical bills when they do seek care.

“Our hope in 2020 is to create an awareness that there are insurance coverage options for the patients and patrons that our organizations serve,” said Marcus Yuille, outreach services manager for the Erie County Public Library. “Together we are committed to providing life-sustaining information to community members and helping walk them through the process of finding insurance that fits their needs.”

The programming was made possible by the “Libraries connecting you to coverage” grant from the American Library Association.

For more information, contact Marcus Yuille at myuille@eriecountypa.gov, or Mary Lynn Slivinski at mslivinski@community-healthnet.com.

About Community Health Net
Community Health Net is the preeminent, community-focused healthcare network that advances the wellness of the region. Our mission is to improve our region’s quality of life by providing professional healthcare services with compassion, respect, and dignity to all. We are a Federally Qualified Health Center with seven locations serving the Lake Erie region for over 35 years.

CONTACT:
Marcus Yuille
myuille@eriecountypa.gov
814-451-6959

Community Health Net
Mary Lynn Slivinski
Director of Administrative Services
mslivinski@community-healthnet.com
814.454.4530 x227

Things to Know This Flu Season

woman with fluThe flu is caused by several influenza viruses (which are not the same as the virus that causes COVID-19). Most flu outbreaks happen in late fall and winter. Getting a flu shot in the autumn can help prevent the virus for the entire flu season. Most people with the flu get better after a few weeks, but they can pass it to other people who are at higher risk of health problems, such as babies, pregnant women, older adults, and people with other serious illnesses. Find out the symptoms of the flu and what to do if you get sick.

If you suspect you may have the flu, or are interested in getting a flu shot, contact Community Health Net by calling (814) 455-7222 today.

You can also check out our COVID-19 Symptom Checker to decide when to see a doctor.

CHN Launches New Website

​Community Health Net​, ​the leading Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving the Lake Erie region, announced the launch of its new website at ​communityhealthnet.org​. The new contemporary design features a patient portal, a health library, a learning center, and health and fitness tools.

“The launch of our website is an outcome of our strategic marketing plan,” said Craig Ulmer, CEO of Community Health Net. The new website is mobile-ready and ADA compliant. It provides ease of access to medical, vision, dental, pharmaceutical, and other services, ensuring that no digital barriers exist for community members to access care. “This effort provides a clear path for our community members to get pertinent information on our services, locate a provider nearest them, and fulfill their health needs.”

Patients of Community Health Net who use the new website can access their past medical history, make appointments, check lab work, request prescription refills, and communicate with their provider through a private, secure, and encrypted portal. Additionally, the site provides detailed information on the organization’s providers and staff, links to locations via Google Maps, and detailed information on Community Health Net’s Ryan White Part C HIV/AIDS, Health Care for the Homeless, and Outreach and Enrollment programs. The site will facilitate a News and Events blog with health tips and information for the community.

“When people know the facts about their health, they can take practical steps to keep their families healthy. So, clear and concise information is important,” said Ulmer. The Patient Education Library, a component of the new design at communityhealthnet.org, provides abundant information on health topics and symptoms, in addition to interactive tools to help people address issues such as – but not limited to – smoking cessation, depression, and obesity. “Our ability to provide vital tools and qualified health information to the patient population we serve is critical to our community’s well-being and vitality.”

The media is invited to contact Community Heath Net for comment. 814.454.4530 x227

About Community Health Net

Community Health Net is the preeminent, community-focused healthcare network that advances the wellness of the region. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in our region by providing professional healthcare services, with compassion, respect, and dignity to all. We are a Federally Qualified Health Center with seven locations serving the Lake Erie region for over 35 years.

Call us at (814) 455-7222