Summit County Public Health is offering appointments to help people find insurance coverage with possible federal subsidies through the new Health Insurance Marketplace.
The county health department has certified application counselors available to help people enroll in new plans available through the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
The county and city of Akron recently opted to offer assistance through appointments rather than at set times at community centers because of poor turnout to the open events.
Open enrollment began last month and continues through March 31 for the new Health Insurance Marketplace created through the Affordable Care Act.
Consumers who apply for a plan before Dec. 15 will have coverage effective Jan. 1.
Under the law, most Americans are required to get health insurance or face a potential financial penalty when they file their taxes for 2014.
The marketplace, also known as an exchange, is a computerized system that allows consumers and small businesses to compare plans and determine whether they qualify for financial help from the federal government in getting coverage.
Ohio opted against starting its own health exchange, so residents must use the federally run website — www.HealthCare.gov — if they want to compare options and apply for potential subsidies.
To set up an appointment for assistance, call Summit County’s care coordination line at 330-926-5660.
The Cleveland Clinic recently started what is believed to be the nation’s only fellowship program to help doctors deal with the ethical issues surrounding organ transportation.
“Organ shortages, allocation issues and informed consent policies for living donors are among the many ethical issues that confront the transplant field,” Dr. Eric Kodish, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care, said in a news release. “By establishing the nation’s only current transplant ethics fellowship, we will develop experts in an area of medicine that will only become more complex in terms of ethics.”
The fellowship was created with a donation from former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin and his wife, Judith. The amount of the donation wasn’t disclosed.
Dr. David Shafran, a pediatric nephrology fellow at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, is the first fellow in the two-year program. Shafran graduated from Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel, and completed his pediatric residency at Jacobi Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y.
St. Edward’s new CEO
A local health-care industry veteran has been appointed president and chief executive of the Village at St. Edward retirement community in Fairlawn, effective Dec. 1.
John P. Stoner will succeed John J. Hennelly, who is retiring after leading St. Edward for 31 years.
Stoner served as senior vice president for finance and business strategy at United Church Homes in Marion for the past five years. He previously had the roles of executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Akron Children’s Hospital, where he was an administrator for 22 years.
St. Edward opened in 1964 under the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. The community offers independent living, assisted living and nursing services for more than 270 residents.
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