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SAVE THE DATE! 3rd Annual Golf Tournament is Set for November 4, 2013
Don't miss this year's annual golf tournament benefitting Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare. The event will be November 4 at the Amelia National Golf & Country Club. Registration will be at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at Noon. Team and individual awards will be given, and there is a $25,000 Hole-in-One award. The tournament includes a cookout and a silent auction.
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Floridians get first look at what they're likely to pay for health insurance
Starting October 1, millions of Americans can sign up for health care through the exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. The AP takes a look at how this will effect people in different parts of the country.
WASHINGTON -- Florida consumers who buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act face an average premium next year of $257 a month for the lowest cost plans, slightly higher than the national average, federal figures show. But tax credits will significantly lower that cost for individuals who earn less than $46,000 a year and families with incomes up to $94,000.
"Take a family of four in Fort Lauderdale with an income of $50,000 per year. The lowest cost bronze plan would cost only $24 per month with the tax credit," said Gary Cohen, director of the federal Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight.
That premium would be even lower --$18 a month - for a family of four in Palm Beach County but higher in Orlando -- $126 per month. Cohen said regional costs vary depending on competition in the marketplace and differences in medical costs.
The figures released Tuesday give Florida consumers the first indication of what they'll face when the controversial new health-care law takes full effect next year.
Florida officials, who oppose the law, had warned consumers to expect price hikes averaging 35 percent above current premiums paid by those already insured. But federal officials disputed such characterizations, calling the new rates "extremely reasonable."
"Florida does have a competitive market for health insurance," Cohen said. The cost of insurance next year in Florida will go a long way toward determining the success and popularity of the controversial new health-care law in a state where one in five is uninsured.
Federal officials will be running the online shopping marketplace in Florida, known as an insurance exchange, because state leaders have refused to carry out the new law. The numbers are averages from rates proposed by insurers who will offer their plans on the exchange.
Current and future premiums are hard to compare because the new law sets minimum standards that require far broader coverage, including hospital care, than many current plans in the state provide. The new law also forbids insurers from rejecting patients with pre-existing health conditions, which inevitably affects premiums.
Some critics say this will exclude some limited but much less costly plans that many younger and healthier people prefer. Defenders say it guarantees consumers a necessary amount of coverage and predictable costs.
Under the new law, a "bronze" plan provides 60 percent of a patient's cost, "silver" plans 70 percent, "gold" plans 80 percent and "platinum" plans 90 percent. In Florida, the silver plan would cost an average $304 and bronze $257, slightly higher than a national average of $310 and $249.
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare Names Four New Board Members
Yulee, FL, July 17, 2013 -- Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare has named four new members to its Board of Directors, succeeding previous members with expiring terms. The new board members are Leigh Coulter Beal, Josh Martin, Deputy Chief Mark Foxworth and Lt. CID Dave Griffith. The voluntary board oversees the management of the non-profit behavioral health agency, which provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services in Nassau County.
Starting Point CEO Dr. Laureen Pagel noted the board already has a wide range of professional skills and experience, which will be enhanced further with the addition of these four new members. “We are very blessed to gain the expertise and passion of these individuals,” she said. “Their input and guidance will be critical in the coming years as we maneuver through the many changes in healthcare delivery that are coming.”
Dave Griffith is Lt. CID/ Narcotics for the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department and was the 2011 Deputy of the Year. He has received training form the Law Enforcement Academy, DEA School and SWAT schools. He has been married to his wife Kim for 22 years has two children and two grandchildren.
Leigh Coulter Beal, APR, is an accredited public relations counselor who has spent her career specializing in product, healthcare, tourism and real estate public relations. She has served associations in mental health and developmental disabilities, and her major clients have included Coors, Toyota, Chrysler, BullFrog, and Edwards Fine Foods. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia (Phi Beta Kappa), serves on the vestry at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, and has served as secretary of the FBHS Foundation and president of the GFWC Fernandina Beach Woman's Club.
Josh Martin is a native of Atlanta, GA and has lived in Fernandina Beach since 2009. He is a graduate of Mercer University Law School and practices as a partner at Davis, Martin & Bernard, P.A. Prior to joining the Starting Point board of directors, he served as a trustee for the Nassau Humane Society. Josh and his wife Devin welcomed their first child, Madison, in 2012.
Mark Foxworth is the Deputy Chief of Police of the Fernandina Beach Police Department where he is second in command of the police department, with the primary function of managing daily operations of the agency. Foxworth was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, where he served with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office from 1980 to 2000. During his tenure there, he was named the Supervisor of the Year. After retiring in 2000, Foxworth served as commanding officer of the Homicide Unit and then with the Clay County Sheriff's Office and as Chief of Police at the University of North Florida Police Department.. Foxworth came to the Fernandina Beach Police Department in 2008. He has been married to his wife Mary for 31 years and they have three adult daughters and eight grandchildren.
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare is a not-for-profit organization with offices in Yulee, Fernandina Beach, and Hilliard. It has been providing mental health counseling, psychiatric and addiction recovery services in Nassau County since 1992.