Lower Shore Call Center for Health Insurance Assistance

Snow Hill, Md. (September 25, 2013) – Worcester County Health Department has launched a public hotline, 855-445-5540, to help residents of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties apply for affordable health insurance options offered though the state health insurance exchange, Maryland Health Connection.

The local hotline is a convenient way for Lower Shore residents to get personal help with applying for health insurance options and financial assistance to make health care coverage plans affordable.
 
Residents may enroll into affordable health care plans through the state insurance marketplace, Maryland Health Connection, by visiting MarylandHealthConnection.gov, or by calling or meeting with local, trained staff of Worcester County Health Department. Open enrollment is from October 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014. The hotline will be staffed from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday.
 
Health department employees also hold regular office hours at various locations in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. To make an appointment to meet in person, please contact the hotline. For more information about our locations and community events, visit our website at http://lowershorehealth.org.
 
To self-enroll into a health insurance plan in Maryland, visit http://marylandhealthconnection.gov beginning October 1.
 
Worcester County Health Department was awarded a grant from Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to operate a health insurance assistance program for the Lower Shore region of the state, including Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.
 
  
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(Snow Hill, MD)- Worcester County Emergency Service officials urge residents to exercise extreme caution and check on elderly and infirm neighbors during the heatwave forecasted to last through Sunday. Heat indexes for the shore are expected to rise above 100 degrees this week and exposure to extreme heat can be dangerous for humans and animals, even deadly.

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Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body. Remember that:

Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.

Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.

Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.

IF YOU ARE UNDER AN EXTREME HEAT WARNING:

  • Find air conditioning.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Watch for heat illness.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Check on family members and neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.

Learn more tips for staying cool and safe during extreme heat by clicking the image below

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Health Department emphasizes the importance of rabies prevention and safety

Snow Hill, MD- The Worcester County Health Department has confirmed eight rabies cases locally since the beginning of 2019, emphasizing the importance of rabies awareness and proper pet vaccination. The latest confirmed positive rabies case was a groundhog found on Manklin Creek Rd in the Ocean Pines area on July 3.

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Men's Health Month

The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.

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Summer Wellness Camp

The Worcester County Health Department will host a free, week-long health and wellness camp for youth age 12-17 this summer. From June 17-21, campers will learn about the importance of health, fitness, setting personal goals and much more. The summer camp is part of Worcester Health’s Promoting Health Among Teens program and will feature guest speakers, snacks and lunch, learning activities and field trips to locations around Worcester including the Jolly Roger amusement park in Ocean City.

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