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Pottstown Area Health And Medical News

PMMC Schedules Help And Support Sessions

pottstown pa: PMMC Schedules Help And Support Sessions

POTTSTOWN PA – Eight different support sessions intended to help area residents learn more about successfully managing their chronic diseases, get and stay healthier, or protect the health and well-being of their loved ones are scheduled throughout the remainder of March and through April by Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

The sessions include car seat safety checks; support groups for cancer, weight loss, and diabetes; and classes for breastfeeding and lamaze. The list appears below.

PMMC Car Seat Safety Check
Friday, March 18 and April 15, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Goodwill Ambulance Transport
714 E. High St., Pottstown PA 19464
To register, call 610-327-7145

PMMC Prostate Cancer Support Group
Wednesday, March 23, Noon
Chesmont Building Conference Room
13 Armand Hammer Blvd., Pottstown PA 19464
To register, call 610-327-7315

PMMC No-Fee Breastfeeding Class
Tuesday, March 29, 7-9 p.m.
Pottstown Memorial Medical Center
1600 E. High St, Pottstown PA. 19464
Husbands or significant others are welcome.
To register, call Deb Werner at 610-327-7213.

PMMC Senior Circle Event
Featuring Dr. Nicole Heisman-Rifkin, internal medicine
Talking about “Preventative Care”
Tuesday, March 29 at 11 a.m.
Chesmont Building Classrooms
13 Armand Hammer Blvd., Pottstown PA 19464

PMMC Weight Loss Support Group Meeting
Tuesday, April 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Chesmont Building Conference Room
13 Armand Hammer Blvd., Pottstown PA 19464
To register, call 610-327-7755

PMMC “Look Good, Feel Better” Meeting
For cancer patients
Monday, April 11, 6-8 p.m.
Chesmont Building Conference Room 2
13 Armand Hammer Blvd., Pottstown PA 19464
To register, call at 610-327-9040.

PMMC Diabetes Support Group Meeting
Topic: “What’s New In Diabetes Treatments?”
Wednesday, April 13, 6:30-8 p.m.
Chesmont Building Conference Room
13 Armand Hammer Blvd., Pottstown PA 19464
For more information, call Peggy Spinozzi at 610-327-7463.

PMMC One-Day Lamaze Class
Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hospital board rooms, Ground Floor
1600 E. High St, Pottstown PA. 19464
Register by e-mail to Tammy_Naftal@chs.net or by phone at 610-327-7145.

Hospital Offers Help For Insurance Choices

pottstown pa: Hospital Offers Help For Insurance Choices

POTTSTOWN PA – Consumers who have not yet signed up for health insurance choices through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace still have time … but two important deadlines are fast-approaching.

A plan must be selected, and the premium paid, by Jan. 15 (2016; Saturday) to obtain coverage by Feb. 1; and for coverage to become effective March 1, the plan and premium must be finalized by Jan. 31. Pottstown Memorial Medical Center continues to offer free application assistance to help individuals evaluate insurance options on the marketplace and complete their application forms.

The hospital’s certified assistants encourage those who need help to reserve appointments early, as schedules typically book quickly this month. Call 610-327-7014 to make an appointment.

Higher penalties in 2016 for being without insurance are driving many newcomers to the marketplace. Fines can amount to $695 per adult, $348 per child, and up to $2,085 per family or 2.5-percent of family income, whichever is higher. Fines are assessed when 2016 federal tax returns are filed.

The great majority of consumers purchasing plans on the marketplace qualify for financial assistance that reduces the cost of their premium, the monthly fee charged for coverage. Most are expected to pay less than $75 per month.

All health plans on the marketplace must offer a comprehensive set of benefits, and coverage cannot be denied for individuals with pre-existing health conditions. Some health benefits include free preventive care and wellness services, doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital and emergency department care, lab services and pediatric services.

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MCCC Dental Clinic Seeks Spring Patients

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BLUE BELL PA – The dental hygiene clinic in Room 211 of the Science Center on the central campus of Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, is actively recruiting patients with periodontal (gum) disease for its Spring 2016 semester. Patients will be screened for eligibility Jan. 25 (Monday) by appointment, and those who qualify will begin treatment.

Treatment includes a complete assessment of the patient’s oral and periodontal health; dental x-rays, if necessary; education in self-care; scaling, tooth polishing, and fluoride treatment. Multiple three-hour appointments will be necessary.

Those interested should call the clinic at 215-641-6483, and leave a message with their name and telephone number.

The clinic has provided the public with comprehensive preventive dental hygiene services since 1973. Licensed dentists and dental hygiene faculty supervise all treatment procedures in the college’s state-of-the-art facility. The clinic operates September through May, and is a clinical requirement of part the college’s dental hygiene students.

For a full list of clinic services and fees, or to learn more about MCCC’s Dental Hygiene Associate in Applied Science degree program, click here.

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