MBKU Receives $10,000 Grant from Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Community Benefit Program to Cover Prosthetic Contact Lenses & Eyes for Vulnerable Populations

Marshall B. Ketchum University

Anyone can be at risk for losing an eye or experiencing damage to their eye. A penetrating injury to the eye or disease can result in a loss of visual function or cosmetic disfigurement. Marshall B. Ketchum University offers one of very few prosthetic lens and eye centers in Southern California and with the $ 10,000 grant from Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Community Benefit Program, qualified low-income patients will receive much needed assistance in off-setting these costs.

Most insurance providers will not cover the cost for fitting a prosthetic eye, but may cover partially for the lens. The cost of prosthetic eyes can be prohibitive at just under $ 2,000 per eye, whereas prosthetic lenses can reach costs of approximately $ 800 per lens, a significant burden to many patients, even those with some insurance coverage, said Dawn Lam, O.D., Associate Professor at Marshall B. Ketchum Universitys Southern California College of Optometry. “As a result, the cost of care is shouldered by the patient. This grant reduces barriers to care for our under-served patients.

The Prosthetic Lens and Eye Program at Marshall B. Ketchum University offers customized solutions for patients who have suffered damage to their eye due to injury or disease. For patients who still have their eye, but have damage to the pupil or iris, a prosthetic contact lens can be fitted to improve problems with glare, can help with light sensitivity, while potentially improving visual function. A prosthetic eye is used when an eye is damaged and removed. By fitting patients with a prosthetic that cosmetically matches their seeing eye this helps to hide a disfigurement and improve quality of life.

At the University Eye Center at Fullerton, we are able to provide the full scope of careboth for the eye that is in need of a prosthetic device as well as the seeing eye. MBKU is able to provide patients with the exact lens they need, said Tim Edrington O.D., M.S., Professor and Chief of the Cornea and Contact Lens Service at MBKUs University Eye Center at Fullerton. This process may take several visits to ensure the proper device and fit. MBKU utilizes a team approach in which a highly qualified doctor of optometry is teamed with an intern or resident doctor to provide patient care during these appointments. The information shared and lessons learned prove to be extremely valuable for our future health care practitioners.

MBKU is proud to count this and other private foundation grants, corporate contributions and individual gifts in its first comprehensive fundraising campaign. ACHIEVING 20|20: The Campaign for MBKU will make its official public launch next year. Dedicated alumni, grateful patients and generous community supporters will help MBKU reimagine the future of health care education. For more information contact Erika Bernal, Director of Development & Alumni Relations at 714.992.7832 or ebernal(at)ketchum(dot)edu.

About Marshall B. Ketchum University

MBKU is now home to the Southern California College of Optometry and the College of Health Sciences. The University confers a four-year, professional degree, Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) and a Master of Science in Vision Science (M.S.) degree. MBKUs School of Physician Assistant Studies under the College of Health Sciences awards a Master of Medical Sciences (M.M.S.) degree. MBKU has recently announced plans to establish a College of Pharmacy and plans to welcome its first class in the fall of 2016. MBKU owns and operates two premier eye and vision care centers University Eye Center at Fullerton and University Eye Center at Los Angeles. Marshall B. Ketchum University closed on a deal in January, 2015 to purchase a building in Anaheim, CA. The building will be the new home of Ketchum Health, currently the University Eye Center housed at MBKUs main campus in Fullerton. In addition, the new space will allow for expansion of additional primary health care services, as well as a pharmacy.


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United Benefit Advisors Offers Employee Guide to Understanding PPACA

Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) June 06, 2013

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is complicated, and understanding an employees responsibility to purchase coverage under the new law (the individual mandate), is no exception. Today, United Benefit Advisors (UBA) releases a guide to help employers educate their employees on the law and navigate the options available to them, particularly in regard to health insurance exchanges. Since employee options are based on employer plan design, UBAs guide includes a general overview and two different supplements based on whether or not the employer will offer minimum essential coverage.

The Employee Guide overview defines health care reform, the intent of PPACA, employee requirements, penalties and obligations, and takes a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of choosing a health insurance exchange over an employer sponsored plan.

Employee eligibility for tax credits through the exchanges is dependent on the employer’s decisions about plan design. UBA offers two supplements (A and B) to address whether the coverage provided by the employer will satisfy the “minimum essential” requirement and to begin to educate on how the plan and the exchange will interact.

Supplement A is for those whose employer expects to offer affordable, minimum value coverage, but may choose to enroll in the exchange instead and thus forgo their eligibility for tax credits/premium subsidies.

Supplement B is for those whose employer expects to offer coverage that does not meet affordability or minimum value, so eligibility for tax credits/premium subsidies (and reduced cost sharing) thus becomes an area of interest.

We recognize there are many situations that this guide and supplements do not cover, says Thom Mangan, CEO of UBA. However, most employers should be able to mix and match the information to address most situations. Of course, working with a knowledgeable UBA Partner is always recommended for the best and most accurate information in every unique situation.

The PPACA Employee Guide is available at http://tinyurl.com/lj7wusn.

UBAs PPACA Resource Center includes up-to-date information on a number of elements, including: Counting Employees, Exchange eligibility/IRS Non-calendar-year plans, Wellness Proposed Rules, FSA and SBC Highlights, W-2 Reporting Requirements, Medicare Withholding Summary, Essential Benefits/Actuarial Value and more.

The resource center can be found on UBAs website. In addition to the PPACA Resource Center, UBA provides customized benchmarking data to help businesses compare their employee health benefits to competitors, and potentially find savings through plan design. UBAs 2012 Health Plan Survey, the largest in the nation with nearly 12,000 employers participating, along with the collective wisdom of its 140 industry-leading partner firms, helps business owners and human resource executives make informed decisions that directly impact the bottom line by controlling the upward spiral of health care costs.

About United Benefit Advisors

United Benefit Advisors is the nations leading independent employee benefits organization with more than 200 offices throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Visit http://www.UBAbenefits.com.


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Kemper Corporation Initiates Re-branding with Total Compensation Statements from Benefit Software Inc.

Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) February 15, 2012

Benefit Software Inc. (http://www.bsiweb.com), a leading Software as a Service (SaaS) provider of online employee benefits administration, employee self-service, and benefits communication solutions, today announces that Kemper Corporation successfully launched its rebranding strategy using custom designed Total Compensation Statements to highlight its new name to 2,700 employees. There’s long been an awareness of the relationship between Total Rewards Statements and employee satisfaction, productivity, and retention. Kemper Corporation used the statements as a key component of its internal branding initiative, which a growing number of organizations are undertaking to better align and focus their workforce with new and emerging business challenges.

We entrusted Benefit Software with the production of a comprehensive statement that would unify our divisions under one namea key objective, says Adam Alsleben, CEBS, Manager, Defined Contribution Plans, Kemper Corporation. In addition, the statements really allowed our employees to see the full value of their individual compensation and benefits; it was our goal for them to see beyond their salary. We have more than met this goal and the statements will serve as an ongoing tool to reinforce employee retention. For instance, we included 401(k) projections in the statements so they can see the potential long-term benefit of their contribution as a Kemper employee.

Total Rewards Statements have renewed significance as more companies are investing time and resources into internal rebranding efforts to increase employee job satisfaction and retain top talent, said William Smith, Vice President, Sales, Benefit Software Inc. As shown by Kemper, our Rewards Statements can be easily integrated into an organization’s communications, giving employees a clear, personalized view of their value and the resources that management puts at their disposal. Kemper also demonstrates how Total Rewards Statements are essential to organizations looking to prepare their workforce for new challenges ahead.

Benefit Software Inc. supports over 500 organizations annually in the production and distribution of Total Compensation Statements that educate employees on the total value of their employer-provided compensation and benefits.

About Kemper Corporation

The Kemper family of companies serves over 6 million policyholders across the United States. Kemper is a diversified insurance holding company with subsidiaries that provide life, health, auto, homeowners, rental and other insurance products to individuals and small businesses. Kemper serves its customers through a network of independent agents, brokers and career agents as well as directly to consumers via direct mail, web, employer-sponsored benefit programs and other affinity relationships. With over $ 8 billion in assets, Kemper employs about 7,000 associates.

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