AARP Virgin Islands Partners with VI SHIP on Medicare Training Program

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Health & Wellbeing St. Croix Virgin Islands seniors on Medicare will soon have a volunteer body of trained Medicare/Medicaid counselors to help them navigate the ever-growing maze of Medicare, Medicaid and other insurance options and issues. St. Croix Volunteers began classes under the tutelage of the Virgin Islands State Health Insurance Program (VISHIP). The new Counselors began their training in late May and completed their intensive training program in late June. When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law on July 30, …

St. Croix Hospital Re-Establishes Patient-Family Council

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   AARP VI State Director, Denyce E. Singleton, joined twenty (20) St. Croix community members and Dr. Kendall Griffith, Interim Chief Executive Officer for the Juan F. Luis Hospital, to serve as a Patient-Family Council (PFC) Ambassador for the hospital’s newly re-established volunteer group focusing on improvement to all hospital programs and services. The Council’s goal, according to Dr. Griffith is to serve as a positive catalyst between the hospital’s patients, their family and the community by ensuring that the …

Sharing Health Data Can Help in Emergency

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Whether you live in the Virgin Islands or just vacation there, sharing information with doctors in the territory just got easier. The Virgin Islands has launched its health information exchange ahead of schedule. The secure electronic network allows doctors, hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and other providers to share information if they have the patient’s consent. Sharing records electronically can avert duplicate testing and could save time in an emergency. AARP helped plan the program, which may prove especially useful to Virgin …

Loneliness, Does More than Just Make You Sad

Posted on 04/24/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Each of us has experienced the feeling of being alone at some time or another. However, loneliness is the prolonged state of feeling all the negative sensations that go along with the feeling of being persistently alone. Ironically, many people who feel loneliness aren’t actually alone. Instead even though they may be in a crowd, they have allowed themselves to develop the belief that they are social outcasts or losers and that’s why they feel alone. A recent six-year study …

Single-Payer Health Care System?

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Lacking a health insurance marketplace, the U.S. Virgin Islands is considering a legislative proposal to create a single-payer health care system. Nearly 30 percent of Virgin Islanders are uninsured, putting local hospitals under financial strain and leading many individuals to forgo preventive care. The proposal calls for creating a $400 million VI HealthCare program to cover all residents. Proponents say it could be financed with a 5 percent retail sales tax, a 5 percent employee income tax and a 10 …

New Health Care Plan Being Proposed

Posted on 03/26/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Health & Wellbeing In recent comments, the VI Legislature’s Health Committee Chair referenced an alternative single payer health insurance option for uninsured persons in the Virgin Islands. The single payer option was generated by a group of concerned citizens in response to the VI not having a health care exchange.  Their proposal, if passed by the Legislature, could mean health coverage for visits to doctors, clinics and hospitals for many people who have not had this opportunity. The 24-page draft bill, (the Virgin …