It would be OK if you get all your news from Campbell Rotary weekly luncheons! Because we have the best — and most timely — speakers every week.
The big national news is about the Affordable Care Act (ACA and aka ObamaCare), so Campbell Rotary has you covered with implementation details presented by a long-time South Bay and second-generation family business, Storz Insurance.
Mika Storz joined Storz Insurance Services, Inc. and became a health insurance specialist shortly after graduating from UCLA in 2003. Her current focus is providing solutions that help clients work through their health insurance options, including the looming implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She actively volunteers as a Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and previously served two terms as a Silicon Valley Association of Health Underwriters(SVAHU) Board Member.
Mika’s presentation focused on the pending switch for individual private policies from current policies to new ones that comply with the law effective January 1. Even with that deadline, Mika says it’s OK to hold tight for some time while waiting to see which program and implementation changes will arrive before the deadline. The Caifornia exchange is open, and will remain open until March. Mika recommended a target of enrolling in December to see the best options.
She also warned everyone to be vigilant against scams related to confusion and misunderstandings about the new law. If someone is calling you at home — especially with scary pressure tactics — it’s probably a scam.
The Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation carries out missions to help the poor and educate the rich while reverently accepting Buddha’s teaching of “expressing great kindness to all sentient beings, and taking their suffering as our own.”
“Tzu Chi” means “compassion and relief.”
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian organization registered with UNESCO. The foundation focuses on four major missions: charity, medicine, education, and humanistic culture, with programs for international disaster relief, bone marrow donation, community volunteerism, and environmental protection.
Tzu Chi has responded with disaster and fire relief locally and across the country, funds regular medical clinics in the South Bay and Southern California, and operates schools serving elementary children through college students. Locally, they support student backpack donations, host a weekly breakfast at Campbell Middle School, and are bout to launch programs in the troubled Cadillac-Rosemary neighborhood of Campbell.
Addressing us today on the topic of end-of-life awareness and choices, Jordan Posamentier introduced us to the Compassion & Choices organization. Jordan is the chair of their advocacy team, and currently works for StudentsFirst, headquartered in Sacramento.
Compassion & Choices of Northern California seeks to educate terminally-ill individuals and their families about their rights to a dignified, humane, and peaceful death. They offer a series of free services that focus on comfort care and pain management.
Some terminally-ill individuals are able to experience their last days of life with relative ease. Others have prolonged suffering and want to explore pain management, hospice, comfort care, and other alternatives. It is to these patients that we offer free counseling and support.
Our vision is to live in a society in which all people have freedom in making end-of-life decisions.
Compassion & Choices hosts seminars across Northern California and the country, including several upcoming events in the Bay Area. Jordan’s discussion focused on the legal and ethical side of end-of-life care, including state and federal regulations that influence the treatment and palliative care we receive at the end our lives.
Home Health Care is a rising industry on our community. The local San Jose & Almaden branch of Visiting Angels agency is owned and operated by today’s speaker, Richard Clarke.
A home-based health care professional since 2002, Richard discussed many of the benefits and risks associated with a variety of Home Health Care agencies, and explained to us why his company organizes the business and service delivery in a way that protects and enhances the health of clients. One of the most important considerations is the management of staff, especially completing background checks, providing fair wages and taxes, and supervising staff appropriately.
Richard and his company are big supporters of our Rotary Golf Tournament, and are sponsoring one of our beer and refreshment booths.