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College offers info on students’ health-care options

Chesapeake’s efforts aimed at raising awareness of state-sponsored programs

Posted on Friday, September 02, 2011

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College is launching an initiative to make its students aware of state-sponsored health-care options.

The college has developed an awareness campaign to connect with students who may be eligible to receive no- and low-cost health care through the State of Maryland. Health-care benefits and services include but aren’t limited to doctor’s visits, immunizations, lab tests, and preventive screenings. The campaign includes posters, flyers and website notices supplied by Priority Partners, one of seven managed-care organizations authorized by the state to provide health-care services to eligible members.

"Many of our students may be eligible to participate in state-sponsored health programs and not even be aware of it," said Dr. Richard Midcap, the college’s vice president for student success. "We want to do what we can to help students and their families access these critical health services for which they may be eligible."

Tom Leitzer, community partnerships manager for Priority Partners, said his organization has "established a statewide network of quality doctors, health centers, and hospitals offering a variety of low-cost or no-cost benefits and services."

"Priority Partners members also have access to adult dental care, prescription drug coverage and over-the-counter medication, as well as care managers who help members manage chronic conditions," added Leitzer.

Chesapeake and Priority Partners are also developing a schedule of health-information classes that will be offered at the college to all Chesapeake students at no cost. There are over 20 health-information classes offered by Priority Partners through its Community Health Advocate Program, including sessions on nutrition, stress reduction, asthma, diabetes, and a host of other topics.

The college website includes a link to the Priority Partners website (www.ppmco.org) under "Student Services" so that students can access more information about Priority Partners. Students will also find a link to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (http://www.dhmh.md.gov/mma/mmahome.html) so that they can apply for state-sponsored health benefits.

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