Monthly Archives: May 2014

Health Insurance Eligibility is Available for Select Situations

OHI would like to remind you that some individuals and families may still be eligible to enroll in health insurance.  Even though the formal open enrollment period has closed, our Outreach and Enrollment Department is available to assist our patients and the public with any questions about the Health Exchange.

Special Open Enrollment in the Marketplace is available up to 60 days AFTER the following events have occurred:Bigger-Family

  • Those who are recently married
  • Had or adopted a child
  • Had a change in immigration status
  • Have been released from incarceration
  • Received an exemption from the Marketplace but now have a higher income
  • Anyone who lost health insurance because of:

– Leaving or losing a job
– Moving into New Jersey or moving from another part of New Jersey
– Divorce
– Turning 26 years of age and lost coverage on a parents plan
– Lost eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP

These life-changing situations allow people to participate in this special enrollment period; however, it is important to remember that you must enroll within 60 days after the event occurred.

People who can enroll ALL year include:

  • Anyone eligible for Medicaid or have a child who is eligible for CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan)
  • A small business owner who wants to offer coverage to employees
  • Native American or Alaskan native

Our Bilingual Certified Application Counselors in the Outreach and Enrollment department and other qualified staff will answer questions, explain any changes, and help individuals sign up for health insurance.  To schedule an appointment, call (732) 363-6655

OHI Sponsors May 16 Ladies Night for National Womens Health Week

Flyer for event - 5-19-14OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc.), a Federally Qualified Health Center, is recognizing National Womens Health Week with a Ladies Night at its Lakewood site, Friday, May 16, 2014, 5:00 to 8:30 p.m., 101 Second Street, Lakewood. Ladies Night is sponsored by OHI, Horizon NJ Health and United Healthcare.

OHI will be providing free pregnancy testing and free blood pressure screenings. Free glucose screenings will take place in the OHI Mobile Medical Unit. The evening also includes music, free chair massages from massage therapist, light refreshments, give-aways and door prizes.

Pregnancy test results will be available immediately. Those with positive results can schedule an appointment with a health care professional.

The Health Exchange Department will be available to answer questions about the Marketplace and special enrollment situations.

National Health Week, May 11-17, 2014, honors the women – mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, friends and colleagues and encourages them to make their own health a priority.Flyer for event - 5-19-14 (Spanish)

Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius says, “Women are frequently the health care decision-makers in their families. We take time off from work to drive a parent to the doctor. We hold our childrens hands while they get their vaccinations. We make the appointments for our spouses checkups and then make sure they actually go. We stretch and re-work our family budgets to pay the doctors bills. And too often, we put our own health last.

“But the truth is unless we take care of ourselves first, we cannot really take care of our families. That means we have to eat right, exercise, and get the care we need to stay healthy. Unfortunately, preventive care has not always been easily accessible or affordable for everyone, including young women.”

To learn more about National Women’s Health Week go to: For further information call OHI, Lakewood, 732-363-6655.

Lakewood High School Steering Committee Meeting – April 29th 2014

A Steering Committee, made up of Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI) employees and Board Members, with members of the Lakewood School district, met on April 29th, 2014 to discuss action plans for a new School-Based Health Center in the Lakewood High School.

Construction will begin during the 2014 summer, and will open for the 2014-2015 school year. More news on the High School Health Center and Steering Committee will follow from the OHI Newsroom. For more information, please visit or call (732) 363-6655.

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Pictured from left to right:

(Top) Warren Sherard – Director of Facilities, OHI; Jorge Rod – Chairman, OHI Board of Directors; Douglas R. Clark, Marketing, OHI; Theresa Berger, Chief Executive Officer, OHI; Kenneth Waller, Practice Director for School Based Programs, OHI; Bridget Hogan, Chief Operations Officer, OHI; Marcy Paturzo, Principal, Lakewood Schools; Major R.L. Finklin, Assistant Principal, Lakewood Schools; Maria Byrd, Guidance Counselor, Lakewood Schools

(Bottom) Hannah Maldony, Chief Compliance Officer and Interim Director of Nursing, OHI; Kim Tozzi, Executive Assistant, OHI; Beatriz Patiño, Health Exchange Coordinator, OHI; Melanie Mitchell, Director of Behavioral Health, OHI; Miriam Medina, Parent Liaison, Lakewood Schools; Marianne Bradley-Arkush, Director of School Based Services, Lakewood Schools