Health events for week of Aug. 26

Lombardi Education Conference Center of Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll. The cost is $40, and advance registration is required. Call 724-684-9536. Screenings UPMC McKeesport is hosting diabetes screenings from 3 to 5 p.m.
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Health reform’s hard sell: State’s diverse middle class

The target group is difficult. Were still trying to develop strategy on how we reach out to this community, said Wendy Zheng, a program coordinator with Asian Pacific Health Care Venture Inc., one of the organizations that received an outreach grant. Zheng, who emphasized that she was speaking as a health educator, not for the organization, added: We mainly target lower income families, but Covered California is looking for a population up to 400 percent higher than the federal poverty level. Zheng was referring to the income levels to qualify for Covered California, the state agency in charge of the exchange and its rollout. A family of four, for example, can earn as much as $94,200 and as little as $32,499 annually and still receive tax subsidies to help buy insurance under the program. An individual can earn between $45,960 and $15,856 to receive the subsidies. Subsidy on a sliding scale The subsidy amounts are awarded on a sliding scale: the larger your income, the smaller your subsidy.
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