Affordable Healthcare Discussion - MGH&FC

“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.  


Free Health Insurance Enrollement Event

Elma, Washington –Community members will have a chance to get paid $25 just for signing up for health insurance at Summit Pacific Medical Center’s (SPMC) “Banking on Your Health” event. The event will take place from 10am to 7pm each day February 10th through the 14th at SPMC (600 East Main Street, Elma). In partnership with Anchor Bank, Our Community Credit Union, Sterling Bank and Timberland Bank, the event will provide citizens an opportunity to meet with enrollment experts who can answer questions and enroll people for insurance coverage on the spot. Representatives from each bank will be onsite awarding additional prizes and answering questions attendees may have about local banking options.

“We are excited to work together with our local banks to provide this opportunity to our community,” Shauna DePrato, Finance Manager shared, “We understand that there still a lot of confusion about the enrollment process and hope that this event will help our community get their questions answered, and more importantly, receive the insurance coverage they need.”


Arts Walk Spring Registration Early Bird Deadline February 8

Registration forms for artists and downtown businesses participating in Arts Walk XLVIII are now available:
• Online at
• In person at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW
• Or by calling Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation at 360.753.8380

Early Bird registration deadline is Saturday, February 8, 2014, and the standard registration deadline is Saturday, February 15, 2014. Sponsored by Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation and the Olympia Arts Commission, Arts Walk attracts over 15,000 visitors to celebrate the arts in downtown Olympia. Spring Arts Walk dates are Friday, April 25, 5-10pm, and Saturday, April 26, 12-8pm. The spring event includes the Procession of the Species Celebration, more information HERE.

Saint Martin’s To Welcome Alumni For Homecoming 2014

LACEY, Wash. — The dedication of a new flag pavilion built at Saint Martin’s University to honor active-duty and veteran members of the military will kick off the Saint Martin’s Homecoming 2014, set for Feb. 7-9 on the Lacey campus.

“We have planned a wide variety of activities to give our alumni plenty of opportunities to interact with their former classmates, as well as meet new people who share their passion for Saint Martin’s,” says Katie Wojke, interim vice president of the Saint Martin’s Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations. “They will be able to enjoy these fun events while they learn more about what’s happening now at the University.”