Karl’s Screening Experience

Why Screening?

I was preparing for my wedding four years ago, I began to experience mild numbness and tingling in my hands. The sensation wouldn’t dissipate, and coworkers’ opinions and stories about conditions such as diabetes and heart disease weren’t helping. The longer the numbness lasted, the greater my anxiety grew. Was something seriously wrong? Would the happy future I was envisioning as my wedding date drew closer be compromised by a health condition of which I was unaware?

Had I not been experiencing intense uncertainty, I probably wouldn’t have cared that my office was offering biometric screenings for all employees. But health was on my mind, and my worries drove me to set an appointment. The screening was surprisingly short and simple.  It was painless. Taken together, the questions and general procedures I completed lasted no more than 15 minutes. The results, however, brought lasting peace of mind.

Screenings are about timing. Sadly, too many Americans recognize the value of screenings only after being diagnosed with a late-stage illness. Up to half of all premature or early deaths in the United States are due to preventable factors, according to a report by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Prevention often depends on early detection, and early detection often depends on screenings.

My own experience with screenings has increased my awareness of their importance and my gratitude for the local health care establishments that promote them. At the Madison Community Wellness Fair, health care professionals will be available to provide information about screenings to men, women, and children at all stages of life. It took me fifteen minutes to ease months of worry—but that same fifteen minutes just as easily could have saved my life.

Click going below, and invite your friends!

Karl Raschke

Organizational Communication and Advocacy Major at BYU-Idaho

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Please be aware of changes in the Blue Cross insurance plans available on the Idaho Health Insurance Exchange

To our valued patients,

The following message is intended for those of you that purchase insurance on Idaho’s health insurance exchange (www.yourhealthidaho.org), especially those of you who subscribe to Blue Cross Qualified Health Plans (insurance on the exchange and individual plans).  This message does not pertain to those of you who participate through your employer’s Blue Cross group plan or Blue Cross managed Medicare.  Open enrollment on the health insurance exchange ends on January 31, 2017.  At this point, we are not sure if there is going to be a repeal or if a repeal and replace is waiting in the wings.  Either way, we want to share some things we have learned regarding health insurance sold on the exchange that affects our communities:

  • If you were enrolled on the exchange in 2016, you may have been automatically renewed under the same insurance plan you had last year.  If you are happy with that plan, carry on.  If not, please contact your insurance broker to review alternatives available to you.  Even though you automatically renewed, you still have until 1/31 to select your plan.

 

  • If you subscribe to a Blue Cross Qualified Health Plan, and you live in Bonneville or Jefferson Counties, you are automatically part of the Mountain View insurance network.  If your Primary Care Provider practices in Madison County, you have two options: find a new Primary Care Provider practicing in Bonneville or Jefferson Counties who participates in the Mountain View insurance network, or select a different insurance product sold on the health insurance exchange that has your provider in network.  If you stay with Blue Cross insurance sold on the exchange, you can be referred to Primary Care and Specialty (e.g. surgeons) Providers practicing in Madison County that are members of the Mountain View insurance network.  However, that referral must be approved by Blue Cross.  If you see a provider that is not in-network based on the county where you live, you may/will be subject to the Blue Cross out-of-network deductible of $50,000.

 

  • Madison Memorial Hospital is a “back-fill” hospital for the Mountain View insurance network.  This means you can have all the services offered by Madison Memorial Hospital, and not be subject to the $50,000 Blue Cross out-of-network deductible even if you live in Bonneville or Jefferson Counties.

 

  • If you subscribe to a Blue Cross Qualified Health Plan, and you live in Madison County, you are automatically part of the Hometown East insurance network.  If your Primary Care Physician practices in Bonneville or Jefferson Counties, you have two options: find a new Primary Care provider practicing in Madison County who participates in the Hometown East  insurance network,  or select a different insurance product sold on the health insurance exchange that has your provider in network.  If you stay with Blue Cross insurance sold on the exchange, you can be referred to Primary Care and Specialty (e.g. surgeons) providers practicing in Bonneville or Jefferson Counties.  However, that referral must be approved by Blue Cross.  If you see a provider that is not in-network based on the county where you live, you may/will be subject to the Blue Cross out-of-network deductible of $50,000.

 

  • Madison Memorial Hospital is in-network for the Hometown East insurance network.  This means you can have all the services offered by Madison Memorial Hospital, and not be subject to the $50,000 Blue Cross out-of-network deductible.

 

This is what we know for now, and we hope this information will be of assistance to you as the open enrollment period on Idaho’s health insurance exchange comes to a close for 2017.

 

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Nurse Egan's Miracle

Miracle

Nurse Egan Gives Thanks to the Team Who Saved Her Husband’s Life

I just wanted to express my profound gratitude and appreciation to the many people of this wonderful hospital for the love, concern, caring and support we have been the recipients of.

When Howard suffered his cardiac arrest, I couldn’t think of anything else. The ER staff jumped in and did a remarkable job, the CODE team. Everyone was “just” doing their job, but it was lifesaving and made all the difference.

We are so thankful for the donated hours, the calls, the support and the many other acts of kindness, known to us and those that were anonymous. You were all a blessing to us, taking care of us when we were so focused on Howard. You will never know how much that meant to us. We have had many tears of gratitude for your generosity.

I am so proud to be part of this institution and don’t know how I can ever pay back all the kindness. It meant everything to us, we felt all of your prayers and good wishes and encouragement.

Howard’s recovery has been miraculous. We feel so blessed.

 

Thank you all. You are all lifesavers!

Love,

The Egans

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