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Hands-on help with health insurance marketplace

Hands-on help with health insurance marketplace

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--It’s not too late to sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment closes on March 31, 2014. This is the deadline to avoid a fine for not having health care coverage.

Health insurance marketplace information specialists from Cherry Street Health Services will be at Spring Lake District Library from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 to assist the public with enrollment. The trained counselors will be available to help people understand the health insurance choices available to them. Counselors will meet with individuals on a first come, first served basis.

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross wants to thank all those who role up their sleeve to help save lives.

“Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “As the New Year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”

January can be a difficult month to fill the need for blood and platelet donations because of winter weather and seasonal illnesses.  If you’d like to help, the following blood drives are planned through the next month:

 

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross wants to thank all those who role up their sleeve to help save lives.

“Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “As the New Year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”

January can be a difficult month to fill the need for blood and platelet donations because of winter weather and seasonal illnesses.  If you’d like to help, the following blood drives are planned through the next month:

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  More than $1 million in state funding will go to health care providers looking to improve service and patient outcomes.

The Michigan Department of Community Health announced the winners of the Health Innovation Grant this week.  MDCH will fund 42 projects statewide including:

Ottawa County Department of Public Health opening new office

Ottawa County Department of Public Health opening new office

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—The Ottawa County Department of Public Health is getting ready to move into a new space in Grand Haven.

The office located at 1207 South Beechtree St. will open to the public Feb. 3.  The health department says the move is part of the county’s cost-cutting plan.

“We are moving into a new facility that better matches the services we provide in Grand Haven, while reducing costs,” said Donovan Thomas, deputy health officer of the Ottawa County Department of Public Health. “The move will also allow us to modernize our clinic and move closer to the city and better serve our residents.”

Free ski passes available to Michigan children

Free ski passes available to Michigan children

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Dozens of Michigan ski areas are offering a freebie to get fourth grade students off the couch and on the slopes this winter season.

 Michigan children in fourth grade can get three free lift tickets to 20 participating ski areas under the “Cold is Cool” program created by the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association.

 “This generous offer is about helping keep our children healthy and fostering a new outdoor interest,” said Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I encourage Southwest Michigan families to take advantage of this proactive program.

'Tis the season to donate to the American Red Cross

'Tis the season to donate to the American Red Cross

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, according to the American Red Cross.

Blood and platelet donations helped save the life of Cody Hermeling after a devastating car crash.  During his first days in the intensive care unit, doctors gave Hermeling a three-percent chance of survival.   It took expert care and 187 units of donated blood and platelets for him to survive.  Hermeling and his family and friends will celebrate his life by donating blood and platelets this holiday season.

 “Hospital patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood and platelets,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “Blood donations are used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, premature babies, organ-transplant patients and those living with chronic blood diseases each and every day.”