Friday, October 21, 2011

RE: soc sec raises

Shirlee... not only is it a good hook but an additional one will be the fact that those who are on Medicare may see a good deal of that increase consumed by Premium increases and other potential medical cost hikes. It's a double-edged sword, as a matter of fact.

Another topic is the Free Clinic that is being held at the Sports Arena this week. Now, I believe the majority of those folks are going there for dental and vision treatment because none of the public healthcare benefits programs (Medicare and Medi-Cal in particular) offer D&V coverage.

But, how many of those people who are there are aware that for all other health needs there is the Low Income Health Plan in LA County called Healthy Way LA?

I wonder how enrollment in the plan is going?

National (and State) enrollment in the Pre-Existing Healthcare Plan (also from the Affordable Care Act) is much lower than was anticipated. A good deal of the low enrollment has to do with:
1. Insufficient Promotion
2. Six month waiting period
3. Insufficient Promotion

I suspect the same with HealthWay LA.

Just some things to think about. I'm going to post this on my blog, too.

Michael J. Van Essen
Director, Benefits Establishment
Pacific Clinics
800 S. Santa Anita Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 254-5043 (office)
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-----Original Message-----
From: Shirlee Smith []
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 2:39 PM
To: Michael Van Essen
Subject: soc sec raises

>> Hey Michael,
>> With social security "good news" raises for recipients, this would be
>> a good time to get in touch with Larry Mantle.
>> Find a good hook that takes the story beyond the raises. While it is
>> good news, and other people may be thinking, "BUT the country is in
>> an economic crisis - how can they be giving out more money," the
>> truth about how meager the soc sec budgets are of those who depend on
>> this.
>> Well, you'll think of the trick that gets Larry's attention.
>> Let me know when YOU're gonna be ON.
>> Shirlee

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