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Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program Ramps Up for Open Enrollment Year 2
Snow Hill, Md. – The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program is ramping up outreach efforts in preparation for the second year of open enrollment for Maryland Health Connection, the state’s health insurance marketplace.
 
The Worcester County Health Department was awarded a grant from the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to implement a program to help educate, determine eligibility and enroll uninsured residents of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties into private health plans or Medicaid.
 
Open enrollment of the new state system, MarylandHealthConnection.gov, launches in mid-November.
 
All consumers shopping for health insurance on the exchange for the 2015 calendar year — even those who currently have a qualified health plan through the exchange — should re-enroll between November 15 and December 18 in order to compare plan prices and receive an advanced federal tax subsidy that could significantly lower their costs.
 
Local, certified staff are scheduling appointments for people who want assistance with the health insurance renewal process. Contact the local call center at 855-445-5540 to ask questions or schedule an appointment for open enrollment.
 
Throughout October, Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program staff will set up information tables for the public. The schedule of this public outreach is below:
Wednesday, Oct. 1: Riverside Pharmacy in Salisbury, 10 a.m. – noon
Wednesday, Oct. 1: Milford Street Pharmacy in Salisbury, 1 – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 1: Making Strides for Awareness Fun Walk in Snow Hill, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 1: Princess Anne Elementary School, 4 – 6 p.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 4: AGH/PRMC Health Fair at Ocean Pines Community Center, 8 a.m. – noon
Monday, Oct. 6: Mount Hermon Health Mart in Salisbury, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 6: Princess Anne Library, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 7: McCready Hospital in Crisfield, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 8: Worcester County Health Department, 6040 Public Landing Rd. Snow Hill, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 8: Deal Island Elementary School, 4 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 11: Downtown Pocomoke Fall Festival, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 11: Collins Temple Church in Snow Hill, 9 – 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 14: McCready Hospital in Crisfield, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 15: Worcester County Health Department, 6040 Public Landing Rd. Snow Hill, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 17: Third Friday in Salisbury, 5 – 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 21: McCready Hospital in Crisfield, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22: Worcester County Health Department, 6040 Public Landing Rd. Snow Hill, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 23: Salisbury Chamber of Commerce Job Fair at the Centre in Salisbury, 3:30 – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 28: McCready Hospital in Crisfield, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 29: Snow Hill Christian Church Community Day,10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 29: Worcester County Health Department, 6040 Public Landing Rd. Snow Hill, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Organizations interested in scheduling an educational opportunity or presentation may call our main office at 410-632-9230 ext. 1646.
 
For more information on our program and a continuously updated list of events, please visit us at lowershorehealth.org.  
 
Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 15:02
 
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Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:20
 
First mosquito pool positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Snow Hill, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department received notification from the State of Maryland that a mosquito pool in southern Worcester County tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).  The pool sampled is in a remote, low lying area of the county, usually known to have standing water year-round. This is the first positive pool reported in Maryland for the year.
 
Arboviruses, such as the EEE virus, are most common during the summer and fall months. The viruses are transmitted by infected mosquitoes and spread to humans, birds, horses and other animals. Since mosquitoes can breed in as little as a quarter inch of water, the recent rain may have attracted more mosquitoes.  Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior.
 
The Worcester County Health Department provides the following tips to help prevent contact with mosquitoes and reduce risk of infection:
 
Stay indoors at dawn and dusk.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
Use an EPA-registered insect repellent and follow package instructions.
Get rid of mosquito breeding sites.
Remove all discarded tires from property.
Dispose of water-holding containers.
Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly.
Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out.
Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they are not in use.
People with milder illnesses typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks. In more severe cases, patients need to be hospitalized to receive supportive treatment. Signs and symptoms of Eastern Equine Encephalitis include fever, headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea, cyanosis, convulsions, and coma. Anyone who has symptoms that cause concern should contact a health care provider.
 
 
Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 10:46
 
Worcester County Health Department confirms second rabid cat this week
Snow Hill, Md. - Worcester County Health Department has confirmed that a second cat tested positive for rabies this week. It was determined that the cat was part of a free roaming colony living on an unoccupied property next to several homes in the area of Old Ocean City Road outside of Berlin. The cat is described as a small black and orange (tortoise shell calico) female with white on its chin and neck and four white feet.
 
Health department officials warn that any person, pet or other animal that may have had contact with this cat could be at risk for rabies exposure. To report any contact with or exposure to the cat, call the Worcester County Health Department immediately at 410-641-9559. If you call after hours or on the weekend, call Worcester County Emergency Services at 410-632-1311 to reach health department on-call staff.
 
If a person has been bitten or scratched, he or she should seek immediate medical care. Post-exposure treatment is necessary to prevent rabies.  If not treated, rabies is fatal.  If a pet has had contact with this cat, contact your veterinarian.
 
For general questions about rabies, please call 410-632-4321. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:23
 

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