The Agenda and supporting materials for the LIHD’s first meeting of 2020 are now posted. Please click here to access materials for the January 22nd Regular Board Meeting. To access the meeting once on the home page, click on the Meeting and then on View Agenda. The Agenda and all supporting documents will then load on the left side and you can click through each item to review.
Warmest wishes for happiness and good health this holiday season. We look forward to serving the Lopez community in the year ahead.
The Agenda and supporting materials for the LIHD’s last meeting of 2019 are now posted. Please click here to access materials for the December 18th Regular Board Meeting.
The Commissioners and Superintendent want to wish the entire Lopez community a very happy and healthy holiday season. We look forward to serving you again in 2020.
Wishing everyone on Lopez Island a very happy day filled with friends and family. The LIHD is grateful for the support of our health care partners, and for the opportunity to serve such a wonderful community.
Last Thursday night, several of the LIHD Commissioners and Superintendent Presson attended the Lopez Island Family Resource Center’s Community launch event for the Open Source Wellness (OSW) program. In addition to the local OSW team, OSW co-founders traveled from CA to help introduce the program to the community. It was wonderful to see such a large and diverse group of Lopezians actively participating in the two-hour event.
The OSW program brings people together to make eating well, exercising, reducing stress and enjoying meaningful social connections easy and accessible. LIFRC has done a wonderful job assembling a group of coaches, all of whom are Lopezians, with expertise in each area. The coaches led the large group through a series of activities that allowed participants to experience the OSW program.
A very big thank you to Barbara Schultheiss, LIFRC Executive Director, and the LIFRC Board for bringing this program to the Lopez community. Many thanks to Marjorie Schreurs who is overseeing the operational issues and coaching staff, and Makayla Dameron, LIFRC Americorps Vista. A big thank you to the coaches, Rae Graville, Diano Garcia, Nicole Szostak, and Nikola Paros for your time, energy and dedication.
We know from research that medical care accounts for only 10-20% of the modifiable contributors to healthy outcomes for a population. Health behaviors (such as diet and exercise) and Social & Economic factors (such as community safety and social support) can account for as much as 70%. OSW leverages the power of community to help improve health and wellbeing.
You can read more about the program, including how to sign up, by visiting the LIFRC website.
The Agenda for the November 6th meeting to adopt the Proposed LIHD 2020 Budget and Levy has been posted. In addition to the Agenda, you will find the budget and levy documents. The meeting includes an opportunity for members of the public to provide comments and ask questions. The Board will consider public feedback prior to taking final action to adopt the proposed 2020 Budget and Levy.
Following the first post on Insurance, I was given some great feedback from the SHIBA volunteer on Lopez. As a reminder, Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) provide free, unbiased and confidential help with Medicare.
The prior insurance update included a lot of detail on the LifeWise plans and transition from Kaiser for individuals under 65. Since LifeWise will be the only health plan available to those individuals, there isn’t much to decide beyond the particular plan within the LifeWise offerings.
Conversely, individuals over 65 have more choices and types of plans to consider. In addition to the MedicareAdvantage plans through Premera, there are Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans with various health insurance carriers. You should also be aware of some unique rules resulting from the fact that your current MedicareAdvantage plan will no longer be offered in the County.
To learn about your options and decide what’s right for your individual situation, it’s best to either contact your health insurance agent or go to the WA SHIBA website for information.
As 2020 grows closer, we will continue to share information to help Lopezians navigate changes in the health insurance market. In addition to the various meetings taking place, you can obtain information on both the Individual market and MedicareAdvantage plan offerings on the web links below. Important to note that information specific to the LifeWise provider network will not be live on the Washington Health Plan Finder website until November 1st.
- Premera MedicareAdvantage Plans: Premera Medicare
- LifeWise Individual plans and Providers: LifeWise Health Plan of WA
- Washington Health Benefits Exchange: Health Plan Finder
- CNBC Medicare article – FYI: CNBC Article on snags to be aware of when considering Medicare coverage changes
LifeWise FAQ for Individual insurance plans (under 65).
Coverage will start January 1, 2020. Current Kaiser Permanente members will be “mapped” to LifeWise plans. Here are some basics of how you will be notified, actions required, and how LifeWise will support the transition.
1. How are customers being notified of this change? Kaiser members should have received notification in September letting you know Kaiser is leaving San Juan County.
2. What are next steps for customers? The Washington Health Benefit Exchange (WAHBE) will notify the Kaiser members in late October/early November that you are being “mapped” to a LifeWise plan at the same metallic level as what you had with Kaiser. You can remain on the plan or select a different LifeWise plan through the WA Health Benefits Exchange.
IMPORTANT: Pay close attention to your mail and make sure to pay your first bill with LifeWise. While you will be mapped to a new plan, your auto-pay will not transfer. You must reset any auto-pay that was in place with Kaiser.
3. How do I find out if my doctor is in the LifeWise network? Visit the LifeWise Find Care Tool and search under the LifeWise Primary network. Note: LifeWise made an exception for patients of the UW Medicine Lopez Island Clinic who will be able to be referred into the broader UW Medicine system as in-network. Locally, Island Hospital, PeaceHealth, Providence/St. Joseph, Swedish, and Skagit Regional Hospital are all in-network.
4. How do I find out about prescription coverage? Visit the LifeWise website and select “Look for a 2020 plan,” and Select a plan. Prescription drug coverage shows within each plan detail.
5. What about specific prescriptions? Each plan summary on lifewise.com has an embedded deep link where you can search for your prescription medications.
6. What can customers expect with LifeWise? LifeWise plans were designed specifically for the Individual market to meet the needs of their customers. LifeWise gives you freedom with your plan – you can see any provider in the LifeWise Primary network, no referrals required.
7. What else is there to be excited about?
All LifeWise plans include:
- No-cost preventive exams, screenings and vaccinations.
- A Free 24-Hour NurseLine, and $15 copy for telehealth visit (except HSA plan)
- Unlimited office visits at a $30 copay when seeing your designated primary care providers, naturopaths included (limit of 3 on catastrophic plan).
- Acupuncture, chiropractic and massage care are available with a copay.
- Preferred generic prescriptions are covered with a low copay on most plans.
- Discounts program to save you money, including a 17% savings on Fitbit fitness products.