The latest news from the Snohomish County Ostomy Support Group.

March: Hollister

posted Mar 12, 2018, 4:15 PM by Erik Thauvin

Christmas Party

posted Dec 13, 2017, 3:38 PM by Erik Thauvin   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 8:30 PM ]

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

posted May 5, 2017, 12:58 PM by Erik Thauvin

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

March: Hollister

posted Apr 23, 2017, 1:41 PM by Erik Thauvin   [ updated Apr 23, 2017, 1:42 PM ]

Xmas Party: December 12, 2016

posted Dec 12, 2016, 7:26 PM by Erik Thauvin   [ updated Dec 12, 2016, 7:29 PM ]

Ostomy Awareness Day 2016

posted Sep 19, 2016, 4:40 PM by Erik Thauvin   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 4:49 PM ]

National Ostomy Awareness Day began in 2010. It is held annually on the first Saturday of October. UOAA continues to celebrate this day by spreading awareness and increasing national visibility of those living with ostomies. We will carry on breaking the silence and shining a positive light on what has saved so many lives. We are excited to announce this year’s theme is Resilience: “Bouncing Back into Life”, and is all about finding your inner strength to bounce back from this surgery and rise up stronger than ever before.

Click on the links below to have an awesome day!

Please Watch our Ostomy Awareness Day Kick-Off Video on Resilience in the Ostomy Community:

We want you to have a fun and rewarding time supporting Ostomy Awareness Day. Contact us for more help and advice as we’d love to hear from you.

End of Summer / Back to Regular Meetings

posted Sep 9, 2016, 2:58 PM by Erik Thauvin   [ updated Sep 9, 2016, 3:00 PM ]

Hi Everyone,

End of summer and back to the regular meetings. See you Monday, September 12, 2016 at the Buzz Inn, 3121 Broadway, Everett. Buy your own lunch by 12 noon with the meeting at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Speaker is Pamela Achabal, Hollister Sales Associate and also ostomy nurse. 
Cathryn, President

Annual Picnic: August 8, 2016

posted Aug 8, 2016, 5:20 PM by Erik Thauvin   [ updated Aug 8, 2016, 5:24 PM ]

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