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Behavioral Health Manager (QMHP)


 

DEPARTMENT:      BEHAVIORAL HEALTH   

REPORTS TO:        Program Director

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS

 

  • Current FTE: .9 to 1.0
  • Salary Range: $41,600-$54,080
  • Health insurance (medical, dental, vision)
  • Paid holidays, vacation time, and discretionary leave prorated to FTE
  • 403 (b) retirement benefits
  • This position is salaried and exempt, i.e. not subject to state and federal wage and overtime requirements

 

THE POSITION

The primary role of the Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) is to provide comprehensive mental health services and to provide initial assessment of substance misuse and abuse, and make appropriate referrals to outside community providers as indicated. This position works closely with the QMHA and Program Director to provide high quality, low barrier behavioral health services and to ensure agency is in compliance with all State, Federal, and local regulations.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  •  Conduct and document comprehensive mental health assessments, including:

 a.  Identifying precipitating events and gathering histories of mental and physical health,

 b.  Identifying medications, substance use, past mental health treatment and criminal  justice contacts,

 c.   Assessing family, cultural, social and work relationships, and

 d.  conducting a mental status examination,

 e.  complete a DSM diagnosis

  •  Write and supervise the implementation of Individual Services and Supports Plan (ISSP) and provide individual, family or group psychotherapy within the scope of education and training.

a.  Ensure client is encouraged to be engaged in the development of their service plan, and that this participation, or lack thereof, is documented

  • Assist in the development of a Peer Support Specialist program, and provide direct supervision to Peers
  • Supervise QMHA staff assigned to the Behavioral Health Program
  • Maintain confidentiality and records in compliance with CFR 42, HIPAA and HIVA policies and standards
  • Ensure patient comfort while visiting HIV Alliance
  • Serve as a client advocate and assist Care Coordinators in helping clients get access to government benefits, services, and healthcare as needed
  • Work with QMHA to ensure clients receive appropriate referrals and follow up
  • Engage in two hours per month of documented clinical supervision.
  • Administer outcome measuring tools
  • Assist with mental health crisis situations during scheduled office hours
  • Utilize the electronic data systems  appropriately
  • Other duties as assigned


QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduate degree (MA, PhD) in clinical psychology, social work, or related behavioral health field.
  • Professional license (LPC, LMFT or LCSW).
  • Ability to become credentialed by the Coordinated Care Organization (CCO), and Division of Medical Assistance Programs (DMAP) as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP).
  • Demonstrate a complex clinical understanding of how trauma affects individual, family and community psychology.
  • Detailed understanding of Harm Reduction principles and ability to be receptive to learning and implementing them in all services provided to individuals, families, and groups
  • Knowledge and ability to deconstruct social, political, and cultural stigmas associated with gender expression, sexual identity, substance use, and HIV status, as well as other complex medical conditions.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work in a high impact, dynamic environment and maintain a positive attitude
  • Alignment with HIV Alliance values
  • Ability to identify areas of improvement and work on collaborative problem solving
  • Ability to develop concise treatment plans, notes and progress records
  • Ability to evaluate client progress and work with client to make adjustments
  • Knowledge of mental health treatment and related issues, including DSM-IV diagnostic criteria.
  • Knowledge of unique issues related to communities served by HIV Alliance, including people living with HIV or those at risk (Gay/Bi Men, Transgender individuals, people living with HCV and people with current addiction)
  • Computer literacy
  • Valid Oregon driver’s license, driving record sufficient to be covered by agency auto insurance policy, ability to transport self to job-related events, meetings and locations
  • TB test (provided at agency)
  • Flexible hours required, including some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to pass agency criminal background check

 

TO APPLY: Please download and complete application. Then, send application along with cover letter and resume to Amanda McCluskey at amccluskey@hivalliance.org

Only complete applications including employment application, resume and cover letter will be considered.

Nurse Case Manager (Marion County)


DEPARTMENT:       Client Services

REPORTS TO:         Client Services Manager, 1195a City View Street, Eugene, OR 97402

JOB LOCATION:     1775 32nd Place NE, Suite B & D, Salem, OR 97301

 

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS

  • Current FTE: .50 -1.0 FTE (20-40 hours/wk)
  • Salary range: $32-$37/hr
  • 403B for all employees
  • Paid vacation, discretionary and holidays
  • This position is hourly & non-exempt, i.e. subject to state and federal wage and overtime requirements

 

SUMMARY OF POSITION

This position will provide clients with Medical Case management services. The HIV Medical Case Manager will work in close partnership with HIV medical providers in the community. The HIV Medical Case Manager will communicate with providers regarding the client’s case management care plan and the medical treatment plan. In addition, HIV Medical Case Managers will provide services that many HIV doctors have limited time to provide: treatment management and medication adherence, HIV disease and side effects management, nutritional therapy, oral health interventions and referral, liver health and hepatitis disease management (acute and chronic) and HIV risk reduction.

Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) defines medical case management as:

“Medical case management services (including treatment adherence) are a range of client-centered services that link clients with health care, psychosocial, and other services.  The coordination and follow-up of medical treatments is a component of medical case management.  These services ensure timely and coordinated access to medically appropriate levels of health and support services and continuity of care, through ongoing assessment of the client’s and other key family members’ needs and personal support systems.  Medical case management includes the provision of treatment adherence counseling to ensure readiness for, and adherence to, complex HIV/AIDS treatments.

Key activities include (1) initial assessment of service needs; (2) development of a comprehensive, individualized service plan; (3)provision of services required to implement the plan; (4)monitoring to assess the efficacy of the plan; and (5) periodic re-evaluation and adaptation of the plan as necessary over the life of the client.  It includes client-specific advocacy and/or review of utilization of services.  This includes all types of case management including face-to-face, phone contact, and any other form of communication.”

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Complete regular health assessment on eligible clients
  • Develop and lead RN care plan for eligible clients
  • Conduct case conferences with Ryan White Care coordinators
  • Conduct Case conference with medical providers, including HIV specialty care
  • Build and maintain relationships with medical providers
  • Complete annual HIV RN training
  • Advocate for clients with medical service providers
  • Provide direct one-on-one medical case management services to eligible clients
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of disease progression and relevant therapies
  • Provide client education pertaining to disease progression and relevant therapies
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate client records
  • Advocate with other case managers and other service providers on behalf of our clients
  • Provide intensive, short-term intervention to newly diagnosed clients focusing on HIV disease management, prevention/risk reduction education
  • Participate in necessary meetings
  • Assist Director/Manager with all necessary reports
  • Participate in agency teams
  • Travel to other counties to conduct home visits and appointments with clients
  • Other duties as defined by Director and Ryan White Principles and Standards

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Valid Registered Nursing license
  • Valid Oregon driver’s license, driving record sufficient to be covered by agency auto insurance policy, ability to transport self to job-related events and education locations
  • TB test
  • Flexible hours required
  • Ability to pass agency criminal background check
  • Ability to work effectively with challenging patients
  • Ability to pass AIDS RN Certification within 12 months
  • Ability to pass pre-employment drug screen

 

TO APPLY:  Please download application. Then, send PDF application, cover letter and resume to Sherrie Runion at srunion@hivalliance.org

Only complete applications including employment application, resume and cover letter will be considered.

Position open until filled.

Thank you!

Prevention & Education Manager


DEPARTMENT: Prevention

REPORTS TO: Program Manager

JOB LOCATION: Eugene

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS

  • Current FTE: 1.0 (40 hours/week)
  • Starting pay: $18-$22/hour, depending on experience
  • 100% Employer Provided Health insurance (medical, dental, vision)
  • Life Insurance, Long Term Disability
  • Paid holidays, vacation time, and discretionary leave
  • Retirement plan, including up to 4% Employer contribution
  • This position is salaried and exempt, i.e. not subject to state and federal wage and overtime requirements

 

SUMMARY OF POSITION

This position will oversee the prevention & education programs including HIV testing, Needle Exchange, Outreach, and the Men’s Health Network, and community and youth education. In this role, they will be responsible for quality assurance and improvement, staff training, and general program oversight. The Prevention Manager must possess a high level of awareness regarding Oregon’s at risk groups which includes Gay/Bi men and men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs (PWID), and partners of people living with HIV (PLWHA) and the trans community. The Manager is a member of the Program Manager’s team and will work closely with other team members in reaching out to and engaging the community of gay men and MSM, PWID and partners of PLWHA and recruiting PLWHA community educators. This postion represents the agency in a variety of community settings including meetings and events. The Manager supervises volunteers and staff, and ensures that they have the tools, training and resources needed to effectively carry out their work. This position is involved in the development of strategic prevention and education initiatives and participates in planning, development, implementation and monitoring of such initiatives.

 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

General duties:

  • Advocate for needed services and future direction of these services
  • Provide direct supervision of program staff and role model excellent work ethic and professionalism
  • Stay current on HIV prevention (interventions, stats, etc)
  • Help foster community involvement, support and effective collaboration.
  • Participate in agency collaboration
  • Participate in creative processes and lead committees
  • Present to community and partner agencies on HIV and programs
  • Participate on all required agency teams and committees
  • Provide prevention services as needed, including evening and weekend services.

Prevention Manager Duties:

  • Oversee all aspects of HIV Prevention programs
  • Assists in the development of new projects that increase wellness of at risk communities
  • Coordinate outreach and testing events such as Awareness Day Testing and World AIDS Day Test
  • Collaborate with grant writer to develop and submit grants, and grant/contract reports as requested
  • Manage data concerning services and use that data in ongoing program development and evaluation
  • Ensure that testing procedures are followed by all staff and volunteers
  • Support training and mentoring of HIV educators and HIV+ speakers
  • Model and encourage community collaborations in all programs & acts as liaison to community groups and coalitions
  • Work with other managers and directors to create and institute policies and procedures for prevention programs
  • Solicit client feedback on a regular basis and use that feedback in ongoing program development and evaluation
  • Conduct community outreach to gay men and other men who have sex with men
  • Seek out opportunities for partnership and networking with organizations or groups serving or targeting gay/bi men.
  • Conduct outreach online, in community sex environments, and at LGBT-related events to gay and bisexual men, offering safer sex supplies and making referrals to our services
  • Increase engagement of gay men in agency volunteer program, and in other roles at the agency
  • Provide HIV prevention education to communities at risk for HIV/HCV
  • Attend workshops and trainings that are relevant to job responsibilities and which will encourage professional development
  • Coordinate with the Client Services Manager to ensure that people living with HIV and their partners have access to prevention  information and testing
  • Coordinate events targeting gay men such as focus groups and awareness events
  • Collaborate with other staff and volunteer to recruit high-risk populations into CTRS
  • Ensure adequate supervision of volunteers during outreach events

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of the unique issues affecting high-risk communities and willingness to learn about culturally relevant interventions gay and bisexual men, people who inject drugs and people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Willingness to work with:
    • gay/bisexual men and other men who have sex with men.
    • marginalized, underserved populations.
    • people who inject drugs.
    • sex workers
    • individuals engaging in behavior considered to be high-risk for HIV.
  • Strong professional boundaries and ethics
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Experience working with gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men
  • Experience in non profit and or public health work
  • Ability and willingness to grow in position and assume higher level duties
  • Experience in program management or development
  • Desire to work in social service setting
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access
  • Background in training and presentation, ability to effectively present to community and partner agencies
  • Willingness to be trained on HIV/AIDS
  • Comfort discussing sex, sexuality, and addiction
  • Effective spokesperson and advocate – ability to negotiate and represent agency
  • Ability to communicate in group setting, facilitation skills a plus
  • Ability to build and maintain bridges between HIV Alliance and its clients, other non-profit agencies
  • Team player who is self-motivated and enthusiastic
  • Sensitive to issues of confidentiality and diversity
  • A Multicultural sensitivity and awareness and support of harm reduction philosophy and client-centered approach
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including many evenings and some weekends.
  • Ability to collaborate with agency teams, board of directors, and community members
  • TB test (provided by agency)
  • Ability to pass agency criminal background check and drug screen
  • Valid Oregon driver’s license, driving record sufficient to be covered by agency auto insurance policy, ability to transport self to job-related events and locations

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • One year experience with program management
  • One year experience supervising staff or volunteers
  • Degree in family and human services, public health or other related fields

 

TO APPLY: Please download application. Then, send PDF application, cover letter and resume to Amanda McCluskey at amccluskey@hivalliance.org

Only complete applications including employment application, resume and cover letter will be considered.

Position open until filled.

Thank you!

Care Coordinator – Roseburg Office


DEPARTMENT:  Client Services           

REPORTS TO: Client Services Manager

WORK SITE: Roseburg, Oregon      

     

SALARY AND BENEFITS

 

  • Current FTE: .75-1.0 (30-40 hours/week)
  • Starting pay $15/hr
  • Health insurance (medical, dental, vision)
  • Paid holidays, vacation time, and sick leave prorated to FTE
  • 403 (b) retirement benefits
  • This position is hourly and non-exempt, i.e. subject to state and federal wage and overtime requirements

 

 THE POSITION

 

This position works with clients to develop a care plan that will lead to stability, self sufficiency, and create conditions amenable to client self management of their health.  Care coordinators will participate on the team of providers, and may be the lead of that team.

 

The role of the Care Coordinator includes assisting the client in accessing medical programs.  This includes CAREAssist, OMIP, Medicaid, Medicare, FHIAP. COBRA/Portability, private insurance, Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance, Debt Forgiveness programs,  and other local, state and federal medical assistance programs.  Ongoing advocacy and support is provided to the client in order to maintain access to medical assistance programs, and minimize any break in access to medical care.

 

This position will assist clients in accessing private and government social services to meet basic needs such as housing, transportation and food, as well as alcohol and drug programs, mental health services, vocational programs and SSI/SSDI. The Care Coordinator facilitates this access through the provision of referrals, and additional coordination or advocacy as needed.

 

In addition, this position coordinates access to support services provided through the Ryan White Treatment Modernization Act of 2006.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

CLIENT CARE

  • Client identification, outreach and engagement
  • Psychosocial assessment of need;
  • Provide direct one-on-one and phone care coordination services
  • Visit accompaniment services
  • Make appropriate referrals, including follow up and documentation.
  • Conduct phone and face-to-face assessments and annual reassessments
  • Development of a service plan or care plan
  • Advocate with other case managers and other service providers on behalf of our clients
  • HIV education, including explanation of available services, and partner programs
  • Implementation of the care plan by linking with service delivery systems;
  • Monitoring of service delivery and reassessment of needs

 

SUPPORT

  • Maintain up to date referrals for clients in our service area
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with service providers in our service areas
  • Maintain up to date information regarding OR Medical Assistance programs Maintain up-to-date HIV knowledge;
  • Maintain up to date information regarding other benefits and entitlements programs available in Oregon.
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate client records, including CareWare
  • Participate in required training pertaining to case management
  • Participate in necessary meetings
  • Assist Director with all necessary reports
  • Participate in agency teams
  • Other duties as defined by Director and Ryan White Principles and Standards

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work/Human Service related field and/or 2 years full-time case management or related experience
  • Client-centered service experience
  • Experience working with clients who have substance abuse and/or mental health issues
  • Detail-oriented
  • Self-manager/self-motivated and solution focused
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Knowledge of local and statewide social service providers
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Working knowledge of databases
  • Record-keeping & organizational skills
  • Willing to be part agency & department teams
  • Valid Oregon drivers license, driving record sufficient to be covered by agency auto insurance policy, ability to transport self to job related events
  • TB test
  • Flexible hours required, some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to pass agency criminal background check

 

TO APPLY: Please download application. Then, send PDF application, cover letter and resume to Sherrie Runion at srunion@hivalliance.org

Only complete applications including employment application, resume and cover letter will be considered.

Position open until filled.

Thank you!

Big Night 2017!

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On May 20, HIV Alliance will once again be hosting “Big Night”—our annual auction and benefit event. The theme for this year’s Big Night is “Big Disco Night.” We hope you can join us for a groovy evening of fun and feasting all while helping to provide critical support for our HIV education and prevention programs. Special getaways and unique auction packages also await your perusal!

When: May 20, 2017

Time: 4:30 – 7:00 pm

Where: Domaine Meriwether/Valhalla Winery

Entertainment provided by Evynne Hollens and The Zack Wolfe Band

**Just Announce** This evening will be MC’d by the marvelous Diva-Simone Slaughter!

Ticket Price: Single tickets are $75 each or you can purchase a pair of tickets for $125 (limited time pricing so register today!). You also have the option of purchasing a combination of tickets at these pricing. For example, to purchase tickets for three people and still get the pair discount, click the “Single Ticket” option to purchase 1 single ticket and then click on the “Pair of Tickets” option to purchase 1 pair of tickets before checking out to pay for all three tickets.

Sneak peek at our list of auctions items, but don’t worry we’ll have lots more for you to bid on, ranging from luxurious to quiet and comfortable!

Mauna Lani Resort Stay including master suite plus accommodations for up to 8 people.

Couples getaway with two nights at the The Oval Door Bed and Breakfast Inn, tickets to the The Jazz Station and hot tubbing at Onsen Spas

Ducks Football – You and a friend get two tickets to see the UO Ducks vs. Southern Utah at Autzen, including a catered lunch, and a one night stay at the Days Inn Eugene.

For more information contact Karen Murphy at 541-342-5088 x121 | kmurphy[at]hivalliance[dot]org

Get your tickets now!

If you are not able to attend, we understand! But please consider supporting our programs through a donation instead, you can donate through the donate button above and can also find us Venmo, search @HIVAlliance, or development@hivalliance.org.

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Thank you to our sponors who makes this event and work possible!

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Thank You for a Successful Big Night 2016!


Thank you to everyone who made Big Night 2016 such a success! It is always a great pleasure of ours to reunite with old and new friends alike. Most importantly, congratulations to all that were able to go home with wonderful deals. We truly could not have done it without our wonderful donors and sponsors, Eugene/Springfield Pride, PeaceHealth, and Macy’s; your commitment to HIV Alliance and its mission is making a big difference in the lives of our clients. Thank you!

If you enjoyed yourselves, or missed it and want to make sure you don’t miss the next event, be sure to follow us on Facebook!

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We want to extend a very big thank you to all the local businesses and friends who helped us make Big Night a reality by donating items for our auction. Special thanks to:

Actors Cabaret of Eugene

Agate Alley Bistro

Airlie Winery

Mark Andrew and Robin Winfree-Andrew

Ballet Fantastique

Cattail Creek Lamb

Claim 52 Brewing

Cottonwood Winery of Oregon

Marjorie DeBuse and Bob Marquis

Jerry DeLeon and Jim Roetman

Dianne Davis, LMT

Divinity Salon & Tanning

Domaine Meriwether

Jo Ann and Blake English

Eugene Concert Choir

Eugene Opera

Eugene Symphony

Falling Sky Brewery, LLC

Benjamin Farber

Emily Farrell

Joelle and Bob Goodwin

Brian Haimbach and Vincent Mays

Healthy Pet

Hilton Eugene

Hop Vallye Brewing Company

Isler CPA

Lavish Bronzing Boutique

Mike Leckie

Lomont Glassworks

Marche

McMenamins

Karen Murphy

Ninkasi Brewing Company

Irwin Noparstak and Joan Bayliss

Oakshire Brewing

Dan Ogle

Sandi and John Orbell

Oregon Bach Festival

Oregon Contemporary Theatre

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Pacific Pub Cycle

Poppi’s Anatolia

Pub at Laurelwood Golf Course

Radio Redux

Jan and Rob Robinson

Jim Robinson

Sam Bond’s Brewing Company

Sweet Life Patisserie

Tired Dog RAnch

Rodney Tisdale

Tradewinds Cafe & Catering Co.

Christine and Howard Traver

Umpqua’s Last REsort

University of Oregon Athletics

Very Little Theatre, Inc.

Wild Duck Cafe

Renee Yandel and Ethan Scott

Sweet Cheeks Winery

Noble Estate Vineyard and Winery

Dane Zahner

Diane Hazen and Mike Axline

Katy Richanbach

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Oregon Health Authority Applauds HIV Alliance Pharmacist Geoff L’ Heureux


In their April, 2015 Newsletter, Oregon Health Authority featured HIV Alliance and its clinical pharmacist, Geoff L’Hereux in its “Transformation Station” section. The article acknowledges the wonderful work being done by L’Hereux and HIV Alliance as they work with CCOs to provide clients with better medicine at affordable rates. These medicstions do end up being more costly up front, but overall they save CCOs and clients money down the road because they involve less pills, are easier to tolerate, and minimize side effects as well as provider visits.

To read the full newsletter in its entirety, you can click here

Hepatitis (HCV) FAQs

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  • HCV was officially identified in 1989
  • There are 6 different genotypes of HCV; 75% of people w/HCV have Genotype 1, which is the hardest one to treat
  • The most common and severe symptom of HCV is fatigue.
  • There is no correlation between a person’s health and the concentration (viral load) of the HCV the person has (in terms of the health of the liver).
  • Sexual transmission is low-risk for transmitting HCV because it is transmitted from blood to blood.
  • There is some controversy about the risk associated with sexual transmission of HCV because many people who believe they acquired the disease through sexual activity also had other risk factors for acquiring HCV, such as intravenous drug use.
  • It is estimated that the risk of an HCV positive mother passing the virus on to her baby at birth is about 3-5%.  These numbers are only estimates, however, because many studies of HCV do not include people in prisons or the homeless.
  • When a person first contracts HCV they need to limit their fat intake.  When the disease is more progressed they need to limit protein intake because the liver develops problems with processing protein.
  • HCV puts a person at increased risk for acquiring liver cancer.
  • About one quarter of HIV-infected persons in the United States are also infected with HCV. Those that contracted HIV through injection drug use have a co-infection rate between 50-90%.
  • HCV is one of the most important causes of chronic liver disease in the United States and liver damage resulting from HCV infection progresses more rapidly in HIV-infected persons. HCV infection may also impact the course and management of HIV infection.
  • HCV lives longer outside the body than HIV, and is infectious for at least 16 hours and up to 4 days. If you are protecting yourself against HCV, you are also protecting yourself against HIV.

 

Medicare

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Medicare covers services (like lab tests, surgeries, and doctor visits) and supplies (like wheelchairs and walkers) considered medically necessary to treat a disease or condition.  If you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan or other Medicare plan, you may have different rules, but your plan must give you at least the same coverage as Original Medicare. Some services may only be covered in certain settings or for patients with certain conditions.

Medicare is funded through two trust accounts held by the U.S. Treasury:

  • Hospital Insurance Trust Fund which pays for:
    • Medicare Part A:
      • Hospital care
      • Skilled nursing facility care
      • Nursing home care (as long as custodial care isn’t the only care you need)
      • Hospice
      • Home health services
  • Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund which pays for:
    • Medicare Part B:
      • Medically necessary services: Services or supplies that are needed to diagnose or treat your medical condition and that meet accepted standards of medical practice.
      • Preventive services: Health care to prevent illness (like the flu) or detect it at an early stage, when treatment is most likely to work best.  You pay nothing for most preventive services if you get the services from a health care provider who accepts assignment.  Part B covers things like:
        • Clinical research
        • Ambulance services
        • Durable medical equipment (DME)
        • Mental Health
          • Inpatient
          • Outpatient
        • Partial hospitalization
        • Getting a second opinion before surgery
        • Limited outpatient prescription drugs
    • Medicare Part D:
      • Medicare offers prescription drug coverage to everyone with Medicare. If you decide not to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan when you’re first eligible, and you don’t have other creditable prescription drug coverage, or you don’t get Extra Help, you’ll likely pay a late enrollment penalty.  To get Medicare drug coverage, you must join a plan run by an insurance company or other private company approved by Medicare. Each plan can vary in cost and drugs covered.

For more information on Medicare visit Medicare.gov The Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare or contact your Care Coordinator.

Low Income Subsidy


Medicare beneficiaries can qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. The Extra Help is also known as the Low Income Subsidy (LIS).  The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year.  Extra Help pays for the costs of monthly premiums,  annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments related to a Medicare prescription drug plan.

To qualify for the Extra Help:

  • You must reside in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia;
  • Your resources must be limited to $13,440 for an individual or $26,860 for a married couple living together.  Resources include such things as bank accounts, stocks and bonds. We do not count your home, car or any life insurance policy as resources
  • Your annual income must be limited to $17,235 for an individual or $23,265 for a married couple living together. Even if your annual income is higher, you still may be able to get some help. Some examples where your income may be higher are if you or your spouse support other family members that live with you or have earnings from work.

Your eligibility for assistance can be determined by either the Social Security Administration (SSA) or you Senior Services office.  To apply online or get more information on Low Income Subsidy visit the Social Security website.

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