Celebrating National Nurses Week 2021

As today marks the start of National Nurses Week 2021, the OIHCD would like to recognize the incredible work of the Island Primary Care – Orcas clinical support team. This includes not only the Registered Nurses (RN) but the Medical Assistants (MA) and Phlebotomist.…

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One Month into 2021…

If you are like me, it feels like 2020 was a long time ago. Every day in the pandemic feels like a month, and getting through this first month of 2021 has felt like a year. I expect you are all feeling some of this, as the uncertainty as to when there will be adequate vaccine has likely left you anxious and weary.…

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Job Opening

The Orcas Island Health Care District is seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant. This position will be 10 hours/week and will report to the District Superintendent. Responsibilities may involve preparation of Board Meeting Minutes, project management, posting of information to the District website, and file management.…

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Using Telehealth to Stay Healthy

Physical distancing has taught us how to do so much of our daily lives online! We’re learning how to grocery shop, do our jobs, go to school, hang out with friends and family, all without leaving our favorite screen.

We’ve also heard a lot about the advantages of getting our health care over the computer during the COVID-19 crisis.…

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Washington Healthplanfinder Announces Special Enrollment Period in Response to Growing Coronavirus Outbreak

March 10, 2020

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In response to the potential growth of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) today announced a limited-time special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance.

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Special Meeting

The Orcas Island Health Care District (OIHCD) is hosting a Town Hall style meeting to update the community on where OIHCD stands in delivering the desired scope of health care services. This will include an overview of what is/isn’t working, and what the implications are in terms of cost, structure and services going forward.…

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Important Health Insurance Update

The OIHCD Board understands that concerns around the availability of individual insurance is top of mind for islanders following Kaiser Permanente’s announcement they will not be offering individual or small group plans in San Juan County next year. Since learning about Kaiser’s decision, the District’s Superintendent has been staying in close contact with  Premera’s Senior Network Executive (parent of the insurance company replacing Kaiser, LifeWise Health Plan of WA) to ensure residents of San Juan County experience minimal disruption with the changes taking place as of January 1, 2020.…

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Health Care on Orcas at a Crossroads

Orcas Island Health Care District (District) has now been officially operational for one year. To date, our primary focus has been on establishing the District and entering into Clinical Services Agreements (CSA) to provide funding to both Orcas Family Health Center (OFHC) and UW Orcas Island Clinic (UW).…

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Options when a health insurance claim is denied

The Orcas Island Health Care District and Orcas Island Fire and Rescue continue to work together, along with other County-wide leaders, to resolve ongoing concerns related to Kaiser Permanente’s coverage for emergency medical air transport.

As a consumer, if you experience a denial from your insurance company for any covered service you can contact the Office of the Insurance Commissioner for WA State (OIC) for assistance.…

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