Monday, December 16, 2013

New Webcast: "Managing the Costs of Your IBD Care" by the CCFA

Hello Everyone,

As always we try to provide as much information and education to our group members, therefore we are excited to inform you about an New Webcast: "Managing the Costs of your IBD Care" by our great friends at the CCFA (Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America).

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Managing the Costs of Your IBD Care
A free webcast
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
8:00PM-9:00PM PM ET (5:00PM-6:00PM PT)

Register today for this free educational event! 
The cost of care in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) is significant, and many families struggle with expenses. This webcast, co-presented by CCFA and

NeedyMeds, will provide patients and loved ones with tips for managing healthcare costs. Several programs that can help cover the cost of treatment for both uninsured and underinsured patients will be described. The webcast  will help improve understanding of insurance coverage and changes in the Affordable Care Act. Speakers will also discuss disability coverage in IBD. 

Presented by:

Karen Hanson, RN, CNP
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Karen Hanson, RN, CNP has been a nurse practitioner in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for the past 12 years and has extensive experience caring for patients with IBD and other GI disorders. She serves on the Nursing Initiative Committee of CCFA. 

Susanne Benouna
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Susie Benouna has been a medical secretary in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for 13 years. She provides secretarial support for three physicians and one nurse practitioner, all of whom specialize in the care of patients with IBD. Ms. Benouna also serves a core operational role for issues related to medication coverage, such as copay assistance, patient assistance programs, cards, vouchers, and specialty pharmacy.

Elizabeth Messenger
NeedyMeds, Gloucester, MA
Elizabeth Messenger is the Director of Outreach & Education at NeedyMeds ( She works to increase awareness of NeedyMeds' resources through facilitating various advocacy and outreach efforts. She develops and maintains strategic partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and communities that support NeedyMeds' mission. She also oversees the NeedyMeds webinar program, which includes conducting monthly webinar tutorials explaining how to navigate the website’s resources, as well as hosting special topic sessions on relevant topics.

The following will be discussed:
  • Discuss the financial burdern of IBD
  • Review resources available to assist in cost of medications and care
  • Improve understanding of insurance coverage
  • Become familiar with Affordable Care Act (ACA) changes
  • Review rights for disability, medical leave, and social security benefits

Space is limited -- register online today!

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