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Back to School Bashes!

There are a number of agencies and organizations having “back to school bashes” for school supplies over the next few weeks.  A few of them are highlighted below.  A full list is available at the SLAC office or can be mailed to you upon request.

Prien Lake Mall, Lake Charles, in the Sear’s Court area.  August 5th, from 11am-1pm.  Sponsored by Amerigroup.

Allen August Multipurpose Center, 2001 Moeling Street in Lake Charles.  Agust 5th, from 10am-12pm (noon).  SPonsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and One Weak Too Strong Ministries.

Pryce-Miller Recreation Center, 216 Albert Street in Lake Charles. August 5th, from 1am - 11am.  Aponsored by REACH.  An adult must accompany all children.

Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall.  Augsut 11th, from 10am-2pm.  Sponsored by KZWA and Billy Navarre Chevrolet.

THE FOLLOWING REQUIRE PRE-REGISTRATION:

• In DeRidder, BeauCare will accept applications in August.  Call 337.462.2273. Applications available at 628 High School Drive in DeRidder.

• In Sulphur, CARE=HELP of Sulphur is accepting applications in July.  Must provide proof of Sulphur residence and proof of income.  Applications taken from 9am-1pm and 2pm-4pm Monday through Friday. Apply at 112 E. Thomas St.  Call 337.287.4793.

Families Helping Families provides school supplies for special needs children.  Mus pre-register and meet other requirements.  Call 37.436.2570 or 800.894.6558 for details.  Parents must attend one (1) school supply workshop and privude IEP less than one year old.

• In Vinton, August 5th, from 9am-2pm.  1615 Horridge Street, Vinton.  Must register at 337.764.6874.

Medicaid Open Enrollment

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Open enrollment for “Healthy Louisiana” (Medicaid) begins June 30, 2017.

If you do not have Medicaid and your income is at or below 138% of the poverty level ($16,644 for a single person or $22,416 for a couple), this is your chance to apply.

You can apply online, at Moss Memorial Health Clinics, at Southwest Louisiana Center for Health Services, or by phone at 855.229.5848.

If you have edicaid and want to change your plan, this is also the time to do so!  Remember, Moss Memorial Health Clinics and Lake Charles Memorial Hospital fo not accept Aetna Healthy Lousiana plans.

SLAC Closed June 1 &2, 2017

DUE TO A MANDATORY STAFF TRAINING, WE WILL BE CLOSED JUNE 1 & 2 (THURSDAY AND FRIDAY).  

NO CASE MANAGEMENT or FOOD PANTRY SERVICES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THESE DAYS.  

Please make prior arragements.  Thank you very much.

Office Moving - Dates closed

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 

SLAC will be closed from March 30, 2017 through April 10, 2017, as we move into our new offices. Please make sure to attend to any business before 5pm on March 29.

The new address for services will be:

425 Kingsley, Lake Charles, LA 70601

We look forward to serving you at our new building.


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R&WC and CCC remain open for normal business hours.

PrEP

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PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a once-daily medication for persons who are HIV-negative that can reduce the chance of contracting HIV.  By taking one pill a day, PrEP can help prevent the transmission of HIV if exposed to the virus.  Various studies have shown that taking medicine consistently significantly lowered the risk of being infected over those who did not take the pill.

PrEP takes up to 3 weeks to be effective.

Combining PrEP with condoms and other prevention methods further decreases the chances for getting HIV.  Therefore, risk-reduction strategies outside of PrEP should still be used, as PrEP does not protect from other STI's (Sexually Transmitted Infections).

Visit your physician for more complete information and to find out if PrEP is right for you.


Private insurances usually cover PrEP, however, duductibles an co-pays for medication may require out -of-pocket cost.  
Louisiana Medicaid covers office visits, lab tests, and prescription costs. 
Medicare Part D also covers the medication, but you may still be responsible for co-pays. 


• Prophylaxis: To prevent or control the the spread of an infection or disease.

For more information please visit: www.cdc.gov/hiv  or  https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html



World AIDS Day 2016

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DATE: Thursday, December 1 - 2016
TIME: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Warren Methodist Church
1800 Orchid St. (at 3rd Ave.)
Lake Charles, LA  70601

SLAC, in partnership with Warren United Church, invites you to join us in recognition of World AIDS Day 2016.
Guest speakers: Robert Suttle (Assist. Director of Sero) and Nomica Guillory
Refereshments following Service.

For more information on WORLD AIDS DAY, please click on the image below or you can visit the World AIDS Day website.


Nutritional Supplement (Ensure, Boost, etc.) guidelines

In order to receive nutritional supplements like Ensure or Boost, clients must:

• Get a referral to the Moss Memorial nutritionist from your medical provider.

• If you are current in care, you can request an appointment by calling the CCC nurse ir a case manager.  
If you are out of care, you will have to see Dr. C or Ruthie in order to schedule an appoinment with the nutritionist.

• The nutritionist is in the clinic in Thursday mornings in August and September, but will be going on maternity leave in October. She can also be seen Monday-Friday in her office on the Moss campus.

If Medicaid is your primary insurance...

SLAC’s taxi service is “money of last resort”. This means that if any other form of transportation is available to you, you MUST use that source of transportation, not rely on the taxi service.

ALL Medicaid plans have a transportation program.  The number to contact your plan’s transportation service is printed on the back of your Medicaid card.  

You must call a minimum of 2-3 days in advance of your appointment in to set up your transportation.  (Louisiana Health Care Conncestions also has a program for urgent care appointments.)


Message from our Executive Director, regarding the Orlando shootings.

To our friends, staff and volunteers, and to the community we serve, We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and harm caused to our LBGTQ brothers and sisters in Orlando. Like many of you, we are experiencing waves of conflicting emotions in our effort to make sense of this brutal tragedy. We want you to know that our organization is one of love and tolerance and that we are here for you. 

Our staff, as well as counselors that we have reached out to, will be available to assist you through processing your grief about this horrific event and to address any fears that you may have with regard to your own personal safety and wellbeing. We are also able to offer space and facilitation for those who want to participate in small group therapy sessions or in peer support groups. 

Please contact Carol Giles, Director of Client Services at 439-5861 for more information. 

Prayers that love and peace will win in the end. 

Terry

Medicaid “Expansion” Open Enrollment

Medicaid expansion took effect June 1st, 2016.  
If your income is at or below 138% ($1364/month for one person) of the federal povery guidelines and you have NO Medicare or employer-provided health insurance, you may be eligible for Medicaid coverage.  You can apply at Moss-Memorial Health Clinics, SWLA Center for Health Services, or at the SLAC office. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Moss Memorial Health Clinics and Lake Charles Memorial Hospital will NOT accept Aetna Better Medicad for payment.  LCMH and Moss are accepting all other Louisiana Medicaid plans.

PLEASE REMEMBER SLAC CANNOT PAY MEDICATION COPAYS IF YOU HAVE MEDICAID.

Click HERE to find out how Medicaid expansion may affect your LaHAP coverage from the LaHAP website.

REMINDER:  LaHAP plans for persons without health insurance (formerly known as ADAPwill END on September 30, 2016.  If you have not signed up for Medicaid by September 15, you risk NOT being able to pick up medications in October. 
LaHAP premium and copayment coverage for persons eligible for Louisiana Medicaid 
will end on December 31, 2016.  If you currently have insurance that is paid through LaHAP, please sign up for Louisiana Medicaid by December 10 to avoid loss of coverage.  (Exceptions will be made for those not eligible for Medicaid).

General Eligibility for Medicaid:
• At or below 138% federal poverty guideline ($316/week for a single person; $645/week for a family of four.)
• Aged 19 to 64 years old
• Not on Medicare or Employer-based insurance
• Meets citizenship requirement
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Enrollment assistance is available at the following locations (make sure to call for days and times):

ALLEN Parish:

Allen Parish Council on Aging: 602 E. Fifth Ave. OAKDALE - 318-335-3195
Allen Parish Behavioral Health Clinic: 402 Industrial Drive, OBERLIN - 337-639-3001
Allen Parish Hospital: 108 Sixth Ave, KINDER - 337-738-2527

BEAUREGARD Parish:

Beauregard Parish Health Unit: 216 Evangeline St. DERIDDER - 337-463-4486
Beauregard-Vernon Crisis Pregnancy Center: 420 McMahon, DERIDDER - 337-460-9500


CALCASIEU Parish
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Calscasieu Parish Health Unit: 3216 Kirkman St., LAKE CHARLES - 337-478-6020
Calscasieu Council on Aging: 3950 Highway 14, LAKE CHARLES - 337-474-2583
Christus-St. Patrick Hospital: 524 Dr. Michael DeBakey Dr. - LAKE CHARLES  - 337-491-7796
Lake Area Medical Center: 4200 Nelson Rd. - LAKE CHARLES - 337-474-6370
Lake Charles Behavioral Health: 4105 Kirkman St. - LAKE CHARLES - 337-475-8022
Lake Charles Memorial Hospital business office: 3050 Aster St. - LAKE CHARLES - 337-494-3123
SWLA Center for Health Services: 2000 Opelousas St. - LAKE CHARLES - 337-439-9983
• Southwest Louisiana AHEC: 196 WIlliamsburg St. - LAKE CHARLES - 337-478-4822

Mossville Truth Tabernacle Pentecostal Church: 4315 E. Burton St. - SULPHUR - 337-721-8100
West Calacsieu-Cameron Hospital: 701 East Cypress St. - SULPHUR - 337-527-7034
West Calacsieu-Cameron Hospital satellite office: 1200 Stelly Drive - SULPHUR - 337-528-4714


JEFF DAVIS Parish:

Jeff Davis Parish Health Unit: 403 Baker St. - JENNINGS - 337-824-8784
• Jennings American Legion Hospital: 1634 ELton Road - JENNINGS - 337-824-7000

If Medicaid is your primary insurance (not Medicare or Private Insurance), SLAC’s taxi service is “money of last resort”. This means that if any other form of transportation is available to you, you MUST use that source of transportation, not rely on the taxi service.

ALL Medicaid plans have a transportation program.  The number to contact your plan’s transportation service is printed on the back of your Medicaid card.  

You must call a minimum of 2-3 days in advance of your appointment in to set up your transportation.  
(Louisiana Health Care Conncestions also has a program for urgent care appointments.)


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