“Getting Affordable Healthcare” ‒ Topic For February MGH&FC Shelton Diabetes Support Group Meeting. SHELTON, Wash. – Adequate, affordable healthcare is of great concern to everyone, and of particular importance to those managing diabetes. The next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Shelton Diabetes Support Group meeting will deal with the many questions surrounding the new healthcare options in a class entitled, “Nuts & Bolts: Getting Affordable Healthcare – Now is the Time”. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the Pershing Meeting room at Mason General Hospital.
>There will be three guest speakers in attendance – Lee Ayers, MGH&FC’s In-Person Assister Program project manager; Nikki Lundberg, Area Agency on Aging's senior information & assistance specialist; and Tara Snook, medical insurance specialist. They will address all concerns regarding the Affordable Care Act – including Apple Health, Medicaid, Medicare, and secondary insurances; and clarify the Medicare ‘gap’ and Medicare prescription ‘doughnut hole’. They will also provide information on what Medicaid and Medicare cover, and advice on the best individual plan choices for those with diabetes, reserving time for questions and answers. Family members/significant can also to attend to gain knowledge of the new system and for the help they provide to their loved ones with diabetes.
The Shelton Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets at the Hospital every third Thursday of the month from September to June. It is free and open to people with type 1 and 2 diabetes, their friends, and family. For more information call Sue Barwick, R.N., C.D.E. at (360) 427-7332 (from Allyn (360) 275-8614, and ask for the Diabetes Wellness Center).
MGH is approved by the Joint Commission and is a licensed and accredited acute care hospital with a level four emergency trauma designation. There are more than 100 physicians on staff in 19 specialties. For more information go to www.MasonGeneral.com.