From the Desk of Governor Bill Walker
Dear Fellow Alaskan,
I have some exciting news to share, and I want you to be among the first to hear about it. Today, I introduced legislation that would establish meaningful reforms to our State’s Medicaid program, and accept federal funding to extend Medicaid coverage to more than 40,000 Alaskans. With just a month left in the legislative session, I firmly believe this is the best route forward to provide quality health care to the Alaskans who need it most.
Simply put, I'm introducing this bill because it’s the right thing to do.
Year after year, we accept federal transportation dollars with a 10 percent match because we know roads and infrastructure are critical to a robust economy. The health of Alaskans is equally critical. People can’t work, hunt, fish, or take care of their families when they are sick.
This bill is good for our budget, too. My proposal will save the State money because we will be able to get federal dollars for many Alaskans whose health costs we now cover entirely with State funds. Even after the 10 percent State match kicks in, the savings to the State will exceed the costs.
I’ve received written confirmation from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services that Alaska can withdraw from the Medicaid expansion program if the State’s required match goes above 10 percent.
This is where I need your help.
Val Davidson, Alaska’s Commissioner of Department of Health and Social Services, is working tirelessly to get Medicaid reform and expansion through the Legislature. She can’t do it alone. We are asking you to speak out. Tell your legislators that you support my Medicaid reform and expansion bill. Please consider doing one of the following:
Encourage your members to write letters of support
Or submit a Public Opinion Message
Send a letter or resolution of support to my office
Send a letter or resolution to your legislator
Tell the Legislature that you support my Medicaid reform and expansion bill because it will keep people healthy, in the workforce, and thriving for years to come.
As Alaskans, we are in this together. I hope you will help us get this important piece of legislation passed!
Governor Bill Walker
P.S. If you sent a resolution or letter supporting MEDICAID EXPANSION prior to December 1st, 2014, PLEASE RESEND IT!
Summer Food Program for Youth
Sunshine Clinic and our local Food Bank have worked with the State and Mat-Su Food Bank to provide free lunches for youth Monday thru Friday at our local Food Bank in Talkeetna (next to Sunshine Day Care and the Clinic) through the summer starting May 21st. We are approaching businesses, churches, schools, and individuals to help us staff this program.
Food will be provided Monday thru Friday in the Talkeetna Food Bank parking lot from 12 noon-1:30 p.m., free of charge to any child who shows up under the age of 18. The food must be eaten on site; tables, chairs, and canopies will be available.
Mat-Su Food Bank is providing a ‘shelf-stable lunch’ that will be ready to give to kids in a large zip lock bag, no prep-needed. Also, grant funds have been received to have some fruits and veggies available, so there may be a bowl of apples/oranges/carrots out as well.
At this time, volunteers are needed at the local Food Bank on Mondays and Tuesday; Wednesday (Montana Creek Baptist), Thursday (Senior Center), and Friday (Food Bank Staff) are covered for volunteers but if you are available those days, please feel free to come help. We request volunteers must be committed and consistent.
Sunshine Transit will provide free transportation for youth, up to age 18, to and from this Summer Food Program, within the time frame above from both Cubby’s and the Road House. If you are not able to volunteer but would like to purchase a punch card from Sunshine Transit to be donated for youth in this program, it would be much appreciated. To do this, contact Kim at Sunshine Transit, 733-9279 or come into the clinic and purchase a ticket, stating it is to be donated to for the Summer Food Program for Youth.
Thank you to Sunshine Clinic for allowing bathroom facilities to be available on site and supporting the program organization and Sunshine Transit for providing transportation. Also, thank you to our local Food Bank and Board for providing to the organization and the details to make this happen, as well as, a passion for feeding youth. There will also be Summer Food Programs in Trapper Creek and Willow; contact Lou Anne, 733-3383, for more information on those programs. You may also contact Anna Jolley, 733-9208 or Lou Anne, for more information on volunteering or donations to Transit.
A child who is nourished can live, laugh, and love more easily! Thank you, Community, for your passion to help our youth in being healthy and resilient.
Dental Clinic now available in Willow
The finishing touches have been done to our Willow Clinic for our dental hygiene operatory. We are contacting our established patients in the Willow service area to meet the dental hygiene needs. Having routine cleanings is the single most important dental service in preventing gum disease. We look forward to providing our Willow clientele easier access as well as welcoming new patients. The Dental Clinic in Willow is available on Monday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call and schedule your appointment today!
SCHC Clinics open Saturdays in Talkeetna and Willow
The Talkeetna and Willow SCHC clinics are now both open on Saturdays. The hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Please note, this is only for the medical clinics at this time.
April SCHC Board of Directors meeting
The April SCHC Board of Directors meeting will be at the Willow Clinic on Tuesday, April 28th beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Do you need to report Elder Fraud?
Is someone you know receiving harassing phone calls for unneeded medical equipment or medications, mail concerning lotteries never entered, or other solicitations? This is a major problem Nationwide costing families and our Nation billions in fraud.
Protecting Alaska’s Senior’s are: State of Alaska Office of Public Advocacy Elder Fraud Assistance, 907-334-5989; Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division, 907-269-5200; and, The Better Business Bureau, 907-644-5208.
If you have any other questions concerning this presentation, you may contact Anna Jolley at the Sunshine Clinic, 733-9208.
Health Quest Therapy at SCHC in Talkeetna
Health Quest Therapy, Inc., Alaska’s first choice for comprehensive Physical, Occupational and Pediatric Therapy, is available now in our Talkeetna clinic at SCHC. Health Quest Therapy, Inc. is offering complete physical therapy treatment for injury rehabilitation as well as pre- and post- surgical recovery and conditioning.
Health Quest Therapist, and longtime Alaskan resident, Patrick Minder PHD, PT will staff the Talkeetna clinic. With over 16 years of experience treating both orthopedic and neurological conditions, Patrick uses the latest manual therapy techniques and exercise prescription in the care of his patients. In addition, Patrick is a Star Certified Oncology Rehabilitation Clinician as well as a Certified Mulligan Practitioner. Other therapists will join our Talkeetna treatment team to meet the demand.
“The opening in the Talkeetna clinic is critical to the health and well-being of the people in Talkeetna and the surrounding community,” Nisa ZumBrunnen, President and Owner of Health Quest Therapy said, “we are honored to be able to provide Physical Therapy care that is second to none.”
Health Quest Therapy uses state of the art treatment techniques and equipment while serving patients of all ages. Health Quest accepts most insurance plans including: Medicare, Medicaid, Tri-care, and regularly sees self-pay patients as well.
Health Quest offers a FREE 15-minute assessment for patients who may be unsure if their pain or injury qualifies for physical therapy treatment. It’s easy, just contact Health Quest Therapy at (907) 376-6363 or go online at www.healthquesttherapy.com and submit your name, email and brief description of your condition and a Health Quest representative will contact you. Contact: John Knutson, email@example.com , 650 North Shoreline Drive, Wasilla, AK 99654; telephone 907-376-6363.
Are you in danger of losing your home?
Valley Charities may be able to help you. If you qualify we can help with utility shut-offs, eviction prevention and first month’s rent. Goals include Homeless Prevention Services: Actions taken to prevent persons who are in imminent danger of becoming homeless from losing their permanent residence. This may include payment of past due rent or mortgage; payment of delinquent heating fuel or electric/gas utility bills. In most situations deposits are not funded. Housing Permanent Placement Services: Actions taken to assist homeless persons to obtain permanent housing by helping with first month's rent. Please contact Adam Pollock, Case Manager, at Valley Charities, Inc., 354-4660.
State of Alaska Veterans' Benefits
The Office of Veterans Affairs offers information and benefits for Alaska's Veterans, their spouses and dependents regarding the best way to determine if they qualify for certain benefits and how to reach the proper person or program. A veteran qualified for entitlements and benefits is based upon discharge from active military service or the National Guard, under other than dishonorable conditions, and may be more or less limited as the result of additional requirements such as disability or period of service.
For assistance, a representative from the Office of Veterans’ Affairs will be at SCHC in Talkeetna beginning December 9th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and will continue to come the second Tuesday of each month. Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Veterans Affairs, 907-428-6016, if you feel that you could qualify for the various benefits that are offered. Your service for our country is deeply appreciated. Give us the chance to serve you!
Grants awarded to SCHC
Sunshine Community Health Center has been actively seeking grant money to enrich the lives of the youth in our communities.
Recently, SCHC was awarded $1,000 by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and Schwinn’s Helmets on Heads Program. Working with Backcountry Bicycles in Wasilla, Talkeetna Elementary Student Council, and Peer Helpers at Su Valley, this grant will help bring basic bike maintenance education, and bike/helmet safety to these elementary and middle school students in spring 2015. The grant will also provide free helmets to those youth in need of one.
Also, Sunshine Clinic was recently awarded a Target Wellness Grant by Mat-Su Health Foundation. This grant is to help youth in our community access free, safe, and reliable transportation for after-school activities. Research consistently shows that youth involved in after-school activities are less likely to be involved with addictive substances like smoking and drinking, do better in school, as well as, being less likely to be a victim of childhood bullying, and less teen-pregnancy (www.kidshealth.org). While this grant will not solve all transportation issues for kids in the northern valley, it is a step in the right direction. A big thank you goes to Mat-Su Health foundation and Sunshine Transit for consistently working toward meeting the needs of those in our community to improve health and wellness.
PCMH Recognition for SCHC
Sunshine Community Health Center is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH 2011 Program. PCMH standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication, and patient involvement. The patient-centered medical home is a way that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be, a whole person approach to care.” You may be asking, “What is a medical home?”
A medical home means having a “home base” for your health care needs. It is more than just a place: it is a team of people making sure you stay healthy and get the best health care. It is where the health care staff knows you and your health history.
A medical home is where you, your medical team and your family that work together to make health care better for you. Your medical team is made up of you, your primary care doctor and other health care staff. You decide who you want on this team. The primary care doctor that you choose will make sure the medical team will work together to meet your health needs.
Medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patients’ and providers’ experience of care. This has been a long time coming, but very rewarding process to become a certified PCMH. This holds us to the highest standards in providing care to our communities.
Free Hearing Testing in Wasilla
Beginning in September, the first Saturday of each month, there will be free hearing testing from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. by Wasilla Physical Therapy, at the building behind Geneva Woods Pharmacy off Seward Meridian in Wasilla. No appointment needed; for more information call907-376-7334 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Hospice Volunteer Training
If you are interested in ‘Hospice Volunteer Training’, please contact Anna Jolley RN, Care Coordinator, 733-9208. Please leave a message with your interest in ‘Hospice Volunteer Training’, name, number, community name. Hospice Volunteers provide comfort and companionship to patients who are terminally ill or dying, and provide respite care for their primary caregivers by spending 1-4 hours a week visiting with a patient. If we can get 5-6 people interested, we will have a training class in the in either Talkeetna or Willow, hosted by Mat Su Home Health and Hospice
New SCHC Fee Schedule and Cash Discount
Effective July 1st, SCHC fee schedule will be adjusted and the nominal payment for Slide A visits will be:
New Nominal Fees
Office Visit $25
New cash discount of $10 will be offered for payment of office visit at time of service. Please contact clinic for further details.
Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line offers enhanced tools for smokers
New mobile and online apps offer extra help to those who want to quit
Two-thirds of Alaska adults who currently smoke say they want to quit. The state Department of Health and Social Services is now offering additional support to help them. Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line has enhanced the free tools it offers to provide even greater support to help tobacco users successfully quit for good.
Our After-Hours Policy Statement
The following statement represents current Sunshine Community Health Center practices:
There has been some confusion recently about the after-hours services provided by Sunshine Clinic which we would like to clarify. Due to limited staff resources and concerns about liability, at this time Sunshine is providing after-hours contact with providers for triage and treatment recommendations limited to telephone contact only. Options are being explored which may allow this practice to change at some future point.
Adult Protective Services
Report any concern about an adult who is vulnerable to abuse or exploitation. Call 907-269-3666 (main number) or 800-478-9996 (in state).Mat-Su Health Foundation
Is Mat-Su Healthy? How can we make it the healthiest place in the country? Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) worked in association with other organizations to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment to identify the major health needs of Mat-Su residents and work with the community to prioritize and address those needs. Learn more »
Find Sunshine Transit in Talkeetna and the Upper Susitna Valley at http://www.sunshinetransit.org/
Sunshine Community Health Center offers accessible, proactive, quality health care regardless of an ability to pay.
Hours of operation
NEW HOURS OF OPERATION
SCHC in Talkeetna and Willow
Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Talkeetna Dental Clinic
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm