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DECEMBER 15, 2017
Health & Wellness Center closures
• Friday, Dec. 22 – Christmas Eve (noon to 5 p.m.)
• Monday, Dec. 25 – Christmas Day (all day)
• Friday, Dec. 29 – New Year’s Eve (noon to 5 p.m.)
• Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 – New Year’s Day (all day)
Be sure to request your prescriptions
early to cover closure days.
Grand Ronde Health &
Please be advised for:
In order to best serve you, please note the
following time requirements for your refill requests:
(Valid) Refills remaining – Called in between 8:30
to 11 a.m., anticipated pickup/send out by 5 p.m.
Called in after 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. next day pickup,
excluding holidays and weekends.
NO refills remaining – up to 7 days*
*This allows us time to coordinate and correct
any needs that may exist for your refill
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WILL BE OUT
BEFORE THIS TIME FRAME ON A MAINTENANCE
MEDICATION SO THAT WE CAN BEST
ACCOMMODATE YOUR NEEDS.
Thank you for allowing us to
serve your prescriptions needs.
Health & Wellness Center hours
The Health & Wellness Center is pleased to add additional access for
patients during holiday weeks on Thursday mornings. The clinic will be
scheduling patients at 8 a.m. every Thursday preceding or following a
holiday closure. Urgent care also will be available during this time.
S moke S ignals
Skookum Health Assistance
Program Health Status Report
The Save Our Skookum Team is happy to announce the first-ever
Skookum Health Assistance Program Health Status Report. You will be
receiving this information in the mail by the end of the year. This report
contains information regarding claims paid for the Grand Ronde mem-
bership in 2016, excluding Tribal members residing in Hawaii. Residents
residing in Hawaii will be receiving a separate letter and information.
The Health Status Report will include an individual explanation of billed
and paid health care expenses for 2016 and an overall amount paid for
the membership. We hope you find this information useful and welcome
suggestions for additional information you would like to see included in the
Health Status Report. We want this report to be meaningful information
provided on an annual basis. Next year, we promise the 2017 report will
be completed earlier in 2018.
Attention Tribal members
We are asking that all Grand Ronde Tribal members who do not have
primary health care coverage apply for no-cost health care coverage. As we
have done for the past several years, we ask that to avoid being suspended
from the Skookum Health Assistance Program that you apply and provide
documentation of the application process, acceptance or denial. SOS will
be following up with individual letters for those who we show do not have
This does not apply if you have Medicare, employer insurance or state
We would like to standardize the application process for consistency
and effectiveness. This would mean Tribal members would go through the
process of applying for coverage between the months of December through
February. This will be a more consistent and overall easier process. Of
course, if someone loses primary coverage, applying for no-cost alternate
coverage would also need to occur at the time of loss.
We know this request is confusing and inconvenient, but to keep Skoo-
kum sustainable for years to come, we need everyone’s cooperation.
If you have questions, please contact one of the SOS Team members
• Tresa Mercier, 503-879-2008, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Barbara Steere, 503-879-2487, email@example.com
• Melody Baker, 503-879-2011, firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have Certified Application Assisters who can answer your ques-
tions about the Oregon Health Plan and assist with the application process.
• Dana Morfin, 503-879-1359, email@example.com
• Leah Bailey, 503-879-2197, firstname.lastname@example.org
CTGR Community Health and Northwest Senior and Disability Services Present:
WHAT TO DO WHEN NOTHING ELSE WORKS?
You’re getting a new Medicare card!
Cards will be mailed between April 2018 – April 2019
REAL SOLUTIONS IN DEMENTIA CARE
A holistic perspective on caring for those with memory loss
Featuring Guest Speaker Joyce Beedle, RN, BSN.
When: Thursday, Jan. 18 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where? Tribal Gym
FREE event! Lunch and door prizes!
RSVP: Contact Community Health 503-879-2016
You asked and we listened. You’re getting a new Medicare card! Between April
2018 and April 2019, we’ll be removing Social Security numbers from Medicare
cards and mailing each person a new card. This will help keep your information
more secure and help protect your identity.
You’ll get a new Medicare number that’s unique to you and it will only be used
for your Medicare coverage. The new card won’t change your coverage or
benefits. You’ll get more information from Medicare when your new card is
Here’s how you can get ready:
■ Make sure your mailing address is current. If your address needs to be
corrected, contact Social Security at ssa.gov/myaccount or 1-800-772-1213.
TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.
■ Beware of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card. We’ll
never ask you to give us personal or private information to get your new
Medicare number and card.
■ Understand that mailing everyone a new card will take time. Your card might
arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.