Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Do you know about the Living Healthy Community Clinic - if not, you should

The latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh is now online. In this show, host Cheryl Hentz spends the hour talking with medical professionals from the Living Healthy Community Clinic which serves uninsured or underinsured persons in the Oshkosh, Wisc. area. In this hour, you'll find out how the clinic got its start, who they serve, what services they provide and about their new outreach efforts to the Hispanic community, as well as who their partners and supporters are, and how you can help them help others, or get help yourself, if you need it. Watch the program here: https://youtu.be/REWqr8S_zXw

In the meantime, the Living Healthy Community Clinic is starting to treat patients with Hepatitis C. Dr. Basiliere is working with a local gastroenterologist to offer treatment at the clinic for patients who qualify.

To qualify for the treatment the person must have lab work and enroll in the medication assistance program. To qualify for medication assistance you must be uninsured and not eligible for government programs, such as Medicare or Medicaid. You must also fall within the income guidelines.

If people are concerned about having Hepatitis C and have never been tested they can call the clinic. They can offer free testing for those without insurance.

Some risk factors for Hepatitis C:  
-  If you were born between 1945-1965; 
You have shared needles with anyone; 
You have had a blood transfusion prior to 1992

For more information, please call the clinic 920-424-1242. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What is the REAL story about the City of Oshkosh's new Rental Inspection program

Since the City of Oshkosh announced and subsequently adopted, a Rental Inspection program, which took effect at the start of the new year, rumors have been flying around that simply are untrue. You may have also seen the signs around town that read "Renters Have Rights, Too." Renters do have rights and the inspection program IN NO WAY violates those rights. As a matter of fact, the new ordinance and inspection program will actually help to guarantee rights that renters may not even be aware they had.

The Chief Building Official in the Inspection Services Division of the City of Oshkosh was a recent guest on Eye on Oshkosh. As he explains during the hour-long program, the purpose of the inspections is to protect tenants or renters from things that could be safety hazards, etc., and, in turn, to protect landlords from having issues that could potentially impact them if a tenant should sue them. Those are just a few of the benefits of the program and ordinance. You can see the program in its entirety here: https://youtu.be/411Xwgqwadg.