The Snohomish County Chapter of the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) is a non-profit service organization, dedicated to the rehabilitation of all ostomy patients through mutual aid and emotional support.

Membership in the Support Group entitles members to:

  • a subscription to the Newsletter
  • attend Monthly Meetings
  • gain valuable knowledge about the care and management of living with an ostomy
  • meet other ostomates who are enjoying their “second chance at life

The Support Group serves all areas of Snohomish County, Washington.

  • Recent News
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    Posted Mar 12, 2018, 4:15 PM by Erik Thauvin
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    Posted Dec 13, 2017, 8:30 PM by Erik Thauvin
  • August: Annual Picnic

    Posted Aug 18, 2017, 11:29 PM by Erik Thauvin
  • May: Everett Fire Department

    Posted May 8, 2017, 4:37 PM by Erik Thauvin
  • UOAA Update on Healthcare Reform
    Dear UOAA Advocate,

    Thank you for lending your voice and contacting your elected officials during the first Congressional step towards repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
    Yesterday, the House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217-213.
    The bill in its’ current form will be devastating for all of UOAA’s constituents as the legislation weakens basic patient protections, reduces cost sharing subsidies to low-income individuals, and gives states the opportunity to apply for waivers from the Affordable Care Act’s Essential Health Benefits and “community rating” requirements. Without the key protection of “community rating” for people with pre-existing conditions, insurers can go back to charging exorbitant premiums to people based on their health, which could put coverage out of reach for many.  Although a last-minute addition of $8 billion more in funding for people with pre-existing conditions was added, many experts doubt whether that will be close to enough funding.      
    In addition, the Congressional Budget Office has not issued an official score for the revised AHCA measure, so the impact on premium costs, coverage options, and number of Americans covered is still being developed.
    Now what?  The bill has been referred to the Senate where the measure is expected to undergo a major overhaul. Senate Republicans are saying that they will write their own bill.
    In a statement released after the bill passed, Maine (where UOAA is located) Senator Susan Collins stated, “This is an extremely important debate with significant implications for millions of Americans. We need to spend the time necessary to get this rights and work to achieve the goal expanding access to healthcare that is truly affordable and accessible.”
    Our advocacy efforts to ensure access to quality affordable healthcare is protected for all persons living with an ostomy or continent diversion are just beginning.  As provisions of a Senate version become available and action is required from our constituents we will alert you for your ongoing support. There is much work to be done.
    Again, thank you for standing with us during these critical times of healthcare reform in America. 


    Jeanine Gleba
    UOAA Advocacy Manager
    Posted May 5, 2017, 12:58 PM by Erik Thauvin
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