HAINES – Open enrollment through the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace began November 1, 2015, and continues through January 31, 2016. To help the Haines community members navigate the process, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Outreach and Enrollment Specialist, Susan Briles will be at the Haines Clinic January 9 – 12. She is available by appointment to help people apply for insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace, renew their Marketplace insurance, and apply for Medicaid. 

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JUNEAU — If you haven’t signed up for health insurance, it is not too late! January is the last month for open enrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Medical coverage will begin February 1, 2017, for those that sign up before January 15. Signing up after January 15 means coverage begins March 1, 2017. 

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Juneau – In order for employees to spend time with their families during the holidays, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium’s (SEARHC) outpatient clinics will be closed during the holidays. The clinics will be closed on on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, and Monday, December 26.  

SEARHC clinics will also close New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, and Monday, January 2.

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Juneau – In order for employees to spend time with their families during the holidays, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium’s (SEARHC) Ethel Lund Medical Center (ELMC) will be closed during the holidays. The clinic will close at 3:00 pm on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, and will remain closed on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, and Monday, December 26.  

ELMC will also close New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, and Monday, January 2.

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JUNEAU – The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) applauds the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its decision to require all public housing agencies to go smoke-free within 18 months. The new rule includes not only residential units and common areas, but also a 25-foot non-smoking perimeter around the buildings to protect doorways, windows, and outdoor patios.

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JUNEAU — SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is sponsoring the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a biannual telephone survey taking place over several weeks in December. At least 600 households in Southeast Alaska will be invited to participate in a 15 minute, confidential telephone survey that focuses on gathering health-related information. Health care topics of interest include healthcare access, quality of life, and health practices that affect the prevalence of chronic disease.

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JUNEAU – SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is proud to have received two of the 2016 Primary Care Quality Awards given by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health to those who demonstrate dedication to providing excellent, high-quality care. This year there were three award levels, Recognition of Excellence Quality Award, Honorable Mention Award and the Early Adaptors for Oral Health Award. Alaska Primary Care Recognition of Excellence Quality Award recipients must achieve better clinical care, better health outcomes and reduce health costs through the use of technology. 

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