FALLON TRIBAL HEALTH CLINIC
Turning 65 & Have Questions About Medicare Part B?
If you’re approaching your 65th birthday, you’re about to join a new club: Medicare. Medicare is the federal health insurance program for U.S. citizens age 65 years and older. Along with seniors, Medicare covers people younger than 65 with qualifying medical conditions such as End Stage Renal Disease and ALS. If you didn’t sign up for Medicare Part B when you first became eligible, you may be able to sign up during the General Enrollment Period. This period runs from
January 1st through March 31st of each year. During this time, you can sign up for Medicare Part B at your local Social Security office located at 1170 Harvard Way, Reno, NV 89502. Your Medicare Part B coverage will start on July 1st of the year you sign up. If you already have Medicare Part A and need Part B you can sign up for Part B at your local Social Security office or by calling 1.800-772.1213. For more information click here.
Joe Herman, Health Director
Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, M.Sc., in Human Factors Engineering & Design and an MBA in Hospital Administration & Clinical Informatics. He has over 13 years’ experience leading physician offices, hospital outpatient departments, surgery centers and community health centers including primary care, general surgery and multispecialty care. Joe is also a Fellow, with the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional with Healthcare Financial Management Association. He is very active in his community and currently holds board positions as Secretary and Treasurer respectively with Healthcare Financial Management Association Nevada Chapter and Fairway Village at Kylee Ranch Homeowners Association. On the weekends, you’ll find Joe at Lake Tahoe skiing or scuba diving. He is a certified PADI DiveMaster who assists a few local dive shops in Reno with scuba diving classes on weekends. Joe also enjoys horseback riding, oil painting and paragliding over Lake Tahoe.
Dr. Sonny Ruckstuhl, Clinical Psychologist
Greetings! My name is Sonny Ruckstuhl. I am the new psychologist at the FPST clinic. A Louisiana native, I have lived in Seattle before moving to Reno in 1993 to attend UNR. I graduated with my PHD in Psychology in May 2003. My wife and I are busy raising our two children. My interests in include cooking, hiking, and enjoying the beauty of the Western lands. Since 2004 I have worked in Reno and Elko providing services to adults, couples, children and families. I have enjoyed learning of the traditions of the people I have worked with because that always teaches me how to best be of service to my patients. I know I often learn things from them that my schooling never could teach. I look forward to working in your community for a long time and thank you for the opportunity.
Mental Health/Substance Abuse Program Director and Mending the Circle Project Director
Leslie Steve is the Mental Health/Substance Abuse Project Director for the Fallon Tribe. For the past 5 ½ years she worked for the Indian Health Service/Nevada Skies Youth Wellness Center in Wadsworth. Leslie is a Nevada Licensed Alcohol/Drug Counselor and has worked in the behavioral health field for nearly 25 years. Leslie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Leslie will manage and coordinate the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse/Mental Health Service Administration), “Mending the Circle” grant which will provide substance abuse and mental health treatment to adolescents and transitional aged youth and their families in need of comprehensive services.
To find out more information about The Change Companies Interactive Journaling, click http://legacy.nreppadmin.net/ViewIntervention.aspx?id=333 or https://www.changecompanies.net/
To find out more information about Motivational Enhancement Therapy/Cognitive Behavioral therapy (MET/CBT), click http://legacy.nreppadmin.net/ViewIntervention.aspx?id=394 or
Pyramid Lake Tribal Health Center, www.plpt.nsn.us
ITCN State Wide Native American Coalition, http://www.itcn-snac.org/
Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, www.samhsa.gov
Affordable Care Act: Purpose of this Act is to increase access to quality health coverage for all Americans, including our First Americans. These new benefits mean potentially more services for our communities. We encourage every American Indian and Alaska Native to enroll in the Marketplace starting October 1st, 2013, to see what health benefits are available to them.
Benefits include but not limited to:
More affordable prescriptions and better preventative care services at no out-of-pocket costs, as a result of ACA.
No premiums or deductibles for Native Americans or Alaska Natives enrolled in a federally recognized tribe.
Health plans cannot turn anyone down or charge you more for preexisting medical conditions
American Indians and Alaska Natives who obtain their health insurance through the Silver State Exchange do not have to pay co-pays or other if their income meets certain federal restriction levels.
Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available any time to assist you in applying for a health plan that is best suited for you and your family’s healthcare needs. Give us a call!
Tiffany D. Welch
FTHC Benefits Enrollment Coordinator
P: 775.423.3634 ext. 229
Contract Health Services
P: 775.423.3634 ext. 249
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