Changes in Health Insurance Coverage

Over the last month, S.O.A.R. Board members have received several telephone calls from retirees advising us that a representative from the Monroe County Human Resources Department informed them that their child (or children, all of whom are under 25 years of age) had been removed from their health care coverage. As the Affordable Care Act guarantees coverage for dependent children up to age 26, we pursued the matter on their behalf.

We have been in touch with a staff member in the local office of Congresswomen Louise Slaughter, who has informed us that, based upon our knowledge of each incident, the children of these retirees are indeed still covered. That being said, this staff member advises any individual who believes that their child has been improperly removed from coverage needs to write a letter to her office so that she can initiate an official inquiry and determine the truth. In addition, ALL individuals that have had their health insurance coverage affected in any way by the actions of Monroe County employees are also urged to write a letter describing their experience to the following individual:

US House of Representatives
Congresswomen Louise Slaughter’s Office
ATTN: Ms. Patricia Larke
3120 Federal Building
100 State Street
Rochester, New York 14614

No phone calls please; a written inquiry must be submitted for the Congresswoman’s office to initiate an investigation.

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Honor Flight Fundraiser

A fundraiser for Honor Flight will be held Saturday, October 8th, at the Barnard Exempts (3600 Maiden Lane). Doors open at 5:30 pm.

For more information, click here to open the flyer.

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Henrietta Ambulance Has Received National Accreditation

Henrietta Volunteer Ambulance has received accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS).

From the CAAS website:

“(CAAS) was established to encourage and promote quality patient care in America’s medical transportation system. CAAS is an independent Commission that established a comprehensive series of standards for the ambulance service industry.

“CAAS accreditation signifies that your service has met the “gold standard” determined by the ambulance industry to be essential in a modern emergency medical services provider. These standards often exceed those established by state or local regulation. The CAAS standards are designed to increase operational efficiency and clinical quality, while decreasing risk and liability to the organization.

“The process includes a comprehensive self-assessment and an independent external review of the EMS organization. This independent process provides verification to your Board of Directors, city council, medical community and others that quality care is provided to the community.”

The CAAS Accreditation will last for the next three years.

“It is a very prestigious honor to be accredited,” says Captain Reg Allen. “It’s just an opportunity for us to make sure we do the best job possible for our community.”

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Support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention “Out of the Darkness” Walk

In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 13.3 minutes, claiming more than 39,500 lives each year. It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute, with close to one million people attempting suicide annually. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. among adults 18-65, the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults, and individuals ages 65 and older account for 16 percent of all suicide deaths. This is a public health issue that does not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) funds research aimed at improving our understanding of suicide and ways to prevent it as well as educational programs to increase awareness about prevention, warning signs and the psychiatric illnesses that can lead to suicide.

As the core of the Out of the Darkness Walks, the Community Walks are proof that when people work together, they can make big changes in our world. Taking place in hundreds of cities each fall, these walks raise awareness for our important cause as they raise the resources we need to carry out our mission.

Click here to help support S.O.A.R.’s own Larry Crawford as he participates in the Rochester Out of the Darkness Walk

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