MLK Health Center offering Affordable Care Act assistance

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For anyone who still hasn’t signed up for the Affordable Care Act and needs insurance, representatives from the Martin Luther King Health Center will be available at The Rising Tide Center of the United Way Friday.

From 9:30 a.m. until, representatives will answer questions and assist people signing up for the healthcare market exchange before the Feb. 15 deadline.

“The deadline is upon us,” Krista Buckhalter, communications/development director for the MLK Health Center said. “This is one of the last large pushes we’re doing to help people get signed up and get people aware of what their options are.”

She said the organization has been doing outreach in Minden “for a fairly long time,” but has only been pushing the ACA sign up for the last couple of months. They’ve been sending representatives to the United Way’s The Rising Tide Center, at 202 Miller St.

“This is the first time I’m aware of that we’ve had a larger event down there as part of The Rising Tide Center that’s available for us to just do ACA stuff without having to pair it with our usual outreach we do for women’s health,” she said.

The MLK Health Center’s main office is in Shreveport and offers a myriad of services for the uninsured or underinsured, including pharmacy services. The organization has been partnering with the St. Luke’s Mobile Medical Ministry for quite some time, Buckhalter said.

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Minden is one of the churches involved with the St. Luke’s medical mobile ministry. When a patient needs a referral for further care, the MLK Health Center is where they are sent.

The Louisiana Health Sciences Center School of Medicine’s Dr. Robert H. Jackson and the late Sister Margaret McCaffrey established the MLK Health Center in 1985, and holds the first charitable pharmacy permit ever issued by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.

To find out more about the health center and the services it offers, call 318-227-2912 or email mlkhealthcenter@bluebirdwireless.com. For more information on the United Way and the programs offered at The Rising Tide Center, call Jeri Bloxom, director of operations for Webster, Bienville and Claiborne parishes, at 318-677-2504, ext. 140 or email her at jeri@unitedwaynwla.org.

Programs and services of MLK Health Center
Primary healthcare, laboratory and pharmacy services,
Patient advocacy
Diabetic, respiratory, cardiac and HIV specialty clinics,
STD/HIV testing and counseling,
Women’s health program: clinical breast exams, (CBEs) and PAP test for women aged 21 and up; mammography for women over 40; screening service navigation for individuals with insurance,
Rural mobile outreach to nine surrounding parish areas,
Medicaid, Medicare and ACA education and enrollment,
Diabetes prevention program classes,
Wellness programs,
Night and weekend appointment times,
Services in both English and Spanish, and
Geriatric specialty clinic.

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