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Need Health Coverage? Southeastern Med and Healthcare Market Place Can Help!

Are you having trouble finding health insurance that fits your needs and your budget? Once again members of our community will have the opportunity to purchase private health insurance through the Healthcare Marketplace, a website offering insurance plans available through the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchange. Some states operate their own Marketplace. In other states like Ohio, the Marketplace is run by the federal government. Most people must have health coverage or pay a fee. In 2015 the fee will be $325 per person, or 2% of your income, whichever is higher. Some people may qualify for exemption from this fee. Marketplace Open Enrollment for 2015 coverage begins November 15th, 2014, and runs through February 15, 2015.

The Marketplace is designed to help uninsured people find affordable health coverage with plans that cover essential health benefits, pre-existing conditions, and preventative care.

All of the plans in the Marketplace cover a comprehensive set of benefits; including doctor visits, hospital stays, preventative care, and prescriptions. You cannot be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. With one streamlined application you can find out if you qualify for Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, or savings you can use right away to lower your monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Most people who apply will qualify for some kind of savings.

By visiting Healthcare.gov you will be able to compare your health coverage options and see what your premium, deductibles, and out-of-pocket costs will be for choosing a plan. Comparing plans based on price, benefits, quality, and other features is important to help you chose the plan that will best meet your individual healthcare needs.

We recommend that you consider some key factors before choosing a health plan. There are a variety of plans to meet all needs and budgets. Consider your health care needs and how much you are able to spend on premiums each month when choosing a plan. If you expect to have frequent doctor visits or treatments and need regular prescriptions, you may want to select a plan that has higher monthly premiums but will pay more of the cost of your care. This could significantly help lower your out-of-pocket cost for each doctor visit, medical procedure, or prescriptions. It is also important for you to know that the lowest premium plan may not include Southeastern Med and our local physicians as providers. This means that if you need to utilize the services of the hospital or your physician, you may be seeking care "outside of your plan" and it is possible the services will not be paid by insurance. Currently, Southeastern Med participates with Anthem, MMO, and InHealth Marketplace plans in Guernsey County. When making your selection, seek to find out if your local hospitals and doctors have signed a contract to provide care to patients insured by that plan.

There are resources available right now to help you learn about types of health coverage, research your questions, and get ready to choose a health plan that gives you the right balance of costs and coverage.

  • Visit HealthCare.gov and sign up to get text message and email updates.
  • Call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325.
  • "Like" Facebook.com/HealthCareGov
    • "Follow" @HealthCareGov on Twitter

It is Southeastern Med's goal to keep healthcare affordable for members of our community. We have staff that are Certified Application Counselors for the Marketplace and can assist you in understanding your options and completing an application. You are encouraged to contact our financial counselors. Southeastern Med's financial counselors can be reached by calling 740-439-8140 and selecting option 4.

You can access Southeastern Med's financial assistance application and billing, collections, HCAP and charity policies here.

Southeastern Med Dietitian Encourages 8th Graders to Re-think Their Drink

Julie Southeastern Med Dietitian
Julie Beck, RD, LD, Clinical and Wellness Dietitian at Southeastern Med, recently discussed the causes, frequency, and impacts of childhood and adult obesity, as well as the health effects of sugary drinks with eighth graders at Meadowbrook Middle School. Pictured are (l to r): Hope Bradshaw, Science teacher; Dalton Craver, William Huff, Julie Beck, RD, LD; Joe Roux, Mara Saintenoy, Hunter Wheeler, and Kohl Trott.


As part of Meadowbrook Middle School's Learning Opportunities by the Utilization of Community-Based Organizations program, Julie Beck, RD, LD, Clinical and Wellness Dietitian at Southeastern Med, spoke to 8th graders at the middle school on September 17 about nutrition and obesity.

During the presentation, Beck discussed the causes, prevalence and impacts of childhood and adult obesity and reviewed healthy eating tips with the students. Beck also spoke about the health effects of sugary drinks.

"Sugary drinks are the greatest source of added sugars in the American diet and the number one source of calories in teens' diets," Beck said. "Processed beverages with added sugar have lots of calories, but almost no nutrients. Regular soda, fruit drinks, sweetened teas, coffee drinks, energy drinks or any other beverage where sugar has been added are all considered sugary drinks."

According to sugarydrinkfacts.org, drinking large amounts of sugary drinks can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and just one 8-ounce sugary drink every day increases a child's odds of becoming obese by 60 percent.

In an exercise to help the students visually see the amount of sugar in their favorite beverages, Beck asked them to calculate the sugar content in several beverages into teaspoons then measure that amount in an empty container.

"Just one, 20-ounce bottle of regular soda has about 16 teaspoons of sugar," Beck said. "An 8-ounce serving of a fruit drink has 110 calories and seven teaspoons of sugar - the same amount found in an 8-ounce serving of a full-calorie soda or energy drink. A 12-ounce can of full-calorie soda typically contains 10-11 teaspoons of sugar. Full-calorie iced teas, sports drinks and flavored waters typically contain three to five teaspoons of sugar per 8-ounce serving. Measuring out the sugar so that they can see it is a great way to visualize the actual amount of sugar in the drink."

Below is a list of some sugary beverage alternatives to reach for instead of a full-calorie soda or sports drink:

  • 100 percent juice without added sugar (up to 8 ounces per day);
  • Low-fat or fat free milk;
  • Water with a slice of lemon, lime, cucumber or watermelon;
  • Unsweetened iced tea;
  • Low-calorie sport drink.

The concept of utilizing many different types of community resources in the health education classroom at the Meadowbrook Middle School has drawn a lot of state and national attention. It has been presented across the state at several different professional development conferences, including the Ohio School Improvement Institute; the Career-Based Intervention Conference; and the All-Ohio Career and Technology Conference. It has also been nominated twice for the Magna Award, which recognizes outstanding educational practices on the national level. This concept will be highlighted at the upcoming Capital Conference and Student Achievement Fair at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in November.

Rusty Roberts is the health educator at Meadowbrook Middle School. He was recently selected to oversee a statewide educational council that will recommend curriculum development and course content in health education. Roberts also serves on the Community Advisory Board for the National Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Cincinnati.

Southeastern Med Offers Breast Cancer Screening Through Komen Funding

Breast Torso - Dr. Sarap
Pictured is Dr. Michael Sarap, surgeon at Southeastern Ohio Physicians Inc. and Southeastern Med medical staff member, standing beside Southeastern Med's Inflatable Breast Torso.

On Thursday, October 16th, from 4pm -8pm at the Community Healthlink, Southeastern Med's Power Me Pink program will be offering free breast cancer screenings and mammograms to those in our community. Specifically, this screening is geared toward those over the age of 40 with limited resources who are underinsured or uninsured. Southeastern Med's Power Me Pink program provides women and men who are uninsured and underinsured with breast health education, clinical breast exams, mammograms and additional testing if necessary. The program serves men and women 35-64 years old who earn below the poverty level with breast health education and mammograms. The project also reaches women younger than 35 years of age who have a family history of breast cancer.

Surgeons from Southeast Ohio Physicians (Drs. Sarap, Leslie, Paulick, and O'Hanlon) will be conducting the breast screenings. Melissa Corbett, RT (R) (M), mammography technologist at Southeastern Med, will be conducting any necessary mammograms. Also, Southeastern Med's resource counselors will also be available to confidentially discuss healthcare insurance, including Medicaid and Healthcare Marketplace. Educational information regarding breast cancer and prevention will be provided and the breast torso will be on display. "We are so happy to be able to offer this service (free mammograms) to patients!" stated Melissa Corbett. "The American Cancer Society continues to recommend a clinical breast exam every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over. You should always be proactive when it comes to your health and cancer prevention. You should continue to have regular checkups, even if you feel fine. "

This free service for our community is funded through a grant from the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. An RSVP is required in order to attend the upcoming screening. To see if you qualify and to register, please call Southeastern Med's Mammogram Hotline at 740-435-2500.

2014 Mary Beam’s 41st Tile Featuring Guernsey County Museum

Mary Beam Working on 41st Tile
Mary Beam, working on her 41st tile featuring the Guernsey County Museum.


This year, Southeastern Med's Auxiliary Wing 12 is set to commemorate the 41st tile in the Mary Beam 'Christmas in Cambridge' collection by featuring the design of the Guernsey County Museum.

Guernsey County Museum
The 2014 Mary Beam tile featuring the Guernsey County Museum is available for purchase at the Southeastern Med Gift Shop for $15.

I was very happy to design this tile honoring the museum and the historical society. I was a proud member of the society before my work took me away. This museum and society are a treasure in Cambridge, serving to keep the precious history of the area alive and showing how Cambridge has grown to be the thriving and energetic community it is today. Members volunteer their time and effort so that we don't forget the value of our past.

The museum home was once the dwelling where pastor Rev. William McFarland D.D. lived. Mr. William McCracken the builder of the house in 1825 settled in Cambridge in 1809 and began his residency as a blacksmith, but later made himself into a prominent citizen. The home is now on the register of historic places. He sold the house to Rev. McFarland in 1868. It is typical of the homes in the Greek Revival style of that era with many rooms, comfy porch and dining and kitchen areas. Pastor and his family just had to go around the corner to the First Presbyterian church where he served the church for forty years. Rev. McFarland's daughter conveyed the property to the historical society in 1966. 

I hope you will visit the museum and support the society's efforts to keep our county's precious memories alive.

For more information about the 2014 Christmas in Cambridge tile or to purchase tickets for Wonderland of Trees, please call Rita Nolan, Southeastern Med Auxiliary Coordinator, at 740-439-8151.

The Benefits of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy: Because Every Woman is Unique

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
Pictured are Tammy Lawson, WHNP-BC, nurse practitioner at OB/GYN Specialists of Southeast Ohio, Inc. and Judy Moyer, a patient who is pleased by the results she's experienced from bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.


After experiencing puberty, you know about the powerful effects that hormones can have on the body. This is especially true for women who are undergoing the natural changes of life that are associated with menopause and perimenopause. On average, women experience perimenopause around age 46 and menopause around the age of 51. Menopause is when a woman no longer has menstrual periods, signaling the end of the fertility cycle. During this transitional period, numerous symptoms such as a decrease in energy, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, and moodiness (in addition to many other side effects) may disrupt a woman's daily activities. Every woman is unique and it is important that your symptoms are treated according to your individual needs.

During menopause, especially if symptoms are bothersome, many women consult their gynecologist for solutions. In these cases, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy may be suggested. This hormone replacement method uses all of the natural hormones within your body in order to restore balance and alleviate the symptoms associated with menopause. Bio-identical hormone replacement can bring your hormones back into balance, resembling what your body has previously done naturally. This type of hormone replacement therapy is absorbed through the skin. Bio-identical hormones dosages that are personalized individually for each woman may help in restoring hormonal balance.

When following up on treatment, Tammy Lawson and Kimberly Anderson nurse practitioners at OB/GYN Specialists of Southeast Ohio, regularly meet with patients who are undergoing therapy in order to evaluate the hormonal dosage. Patients are scheduled a follow-up visit six weeks into therapy and blood is redrawn every three months to evaluate and ensure that the hormones are working well for the individual. Blood does not usually need to be redrawn as often once the patient has achieved the desired hormone levels. Judy Moyer of Cambridge has been using bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for over 12 years and is amazed by the positive effects she has experienced. "I feel a definite change and all the menopausal symptoms have been alleviated with bio-identical hormones. I have so much more energy now, too!" Moyer noted.

When considering bio-identical hormones, you should consult your gynecologist who will make a recommendation as to which type of therapy would be best for your body. Your gynecologist will review your individual hormone levels and symptoms when making a suggestion. When using bio-identical hormone replacement, your healthcare provider will work very closely with a pharmacist to determine a course of treatment. The pharmacist assists the healthcare provider in interpreting the results of your tests, which show the amount of hormones your body needs.

"This is not a 'one size fits all' approach," explained Lawson, when discussing the benefits of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Lawson has been providing patients with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for over 10 years and is confident in the positive effects that it can provide for women. Currently, Lawson works with compounding pharmacist, Joshua Stanton, of Shrivers Health Mart, when making dosage recommendations. Many insurance companies are now covering the cost of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, making it more cost effective.

Tammy Lawson and Joshua Stanton will be conducting a presentation on perimenopause, menopause, and bio-identical hormone therapy on Wednesday, September 24th, from 6-8pm at the Community HealthLink. The Community HealthLink is located on the corner of Clark Street and Edgeworth Avenue in Cambridge.

For more information or to reserve your seating for this event, please call Southeastern Med's Wellness Resources Department at 740- 435-2946. An RSVP is requested.

If you would like to schedule an individual appointment at OB/GYN Specialists of Southeast Ohio, Inc. relating to women's health, please call (740) 439-9911.

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