Teton Valley Health Care recently received a bronze level award from The Aster Awards for its website, tvhcare.org.
The Aster Awards, one of the largest national competitions of its kind, is hosted by Marketing Healthcare Today Magazine and Creative Images, Inc. This elite program recognized outstanding healthcare professionals for excellence in their advertising/marketing efforts for the calendar year 2014.
The 2015 Aster Awards received nearly 3,000 entries from across the United States as well as several foreign countries. All entries are judged by industry experts and are scored on multiple criteria with a possibility of 100 total points. Participant’s entries competed against similar-sized organizations in their specific groups and categories.
Awards were issued for entries that received top marks from judges placing them in the top 16% of the nation for advertising excellence. Judging criteria included creativity, layout and design, functionality, message effectiveness, production quality and overall appeal.
“The creativity of this year’s participating healthcare marketing professionals exceeded our expectations. The 2015 Aster Awards program contained some of the best and most creative advertising in the world,” said Melinda Lucas, Aster Awards program coordinator.
Teton Valley Health Care competed in the “Hospitals with under 75 beds” group, and earned a third place recognition among the website category’s 32 submissions.
All winners are posted on the Aster Awards website as well as published in Marketing Healthcare Today.
Your 1095_A should arrive in the mail in early February. If you want it before then, log on to Healthcare.gov and print out a copy from your account page.
You may receive more than one 1095_A. Keep all of the forms for tax filing purposes.
If you received health insurance coverage via your employer for part of last year and were on the exchange for even a few months, you will still receive a 1095_A.
You can no longer file a 1040EZ if you received subsidized healthcare. You’ll need to fill out a longer form instead.
There’s a new tax form you’ll need this year if you got insurance through the exchange marketplace in 2014.
Those who received insurance premium assistance will receive a statement (form 1095_A) that needs to be included in tax filing for the year 2014.
The form is a statement of benefits received (called premium assistance or premium tax credits) and indicates what your insurance premium was for 2014 and how much assistance the government provided.
While Idaho is running its own insurance exchange for 2015 through Your Health Idaho, the state participated on the federal marketplace via Healthcare.gov for 2014.
The following is from the Healthcare.gov blog:
Form 1095-A and your tax return
If you or anyone in your household enrolled in a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2014, this tax season you’ll get a new Form 1095-A — Health Insurance Marketplace Statement. You’ll get it in the mail by early February and use it to file your 2014 federal income tax return. Keep it with other important tax information, like your W-2 forms and other tax records.
When you get Form 1095-A, make sure the information matches your records. Check things like coverage start and end dates and the number of people in your household. If you think anything’s wrong, contact the Marketplace call center at (800) 318-2696.
What’s on Form 1095-A?
Information about anyone in your household who enrolled in a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2014.
Information about the monthly premiums you paid to your health plan.
The amount of any advance payments of the premium tax credit that were paid to your health plan in 2014. These are the credits that lowered what you paid in monthly premiums.
The cost of a “benchmark” premium that your premium tax credit is based on. You won’t get this form if you have health coverage through a job or programs like Medicaid, Medicare, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). You may get more than one Form 1095-A if anyone in your household switched plans in 2014 or reported life changes. You’ll get a Form 1095-A even if you had Marketplace coverage for only part of 2014.
You can download copies of Form 1095-A through your Marketplace account where they may be available before you get your copy in the mail.
Teton County Commission Chairman Bill Leake, right, accepts a check from Teton Valley Health Care, Inc. Board Chair Bob Benedict during a county commission meeting in January 2015.
During a regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners Monday, Jan. 26, Teton Valley Health Care leaders presented a check for $19,537 for the county coffers. The payment comes as part of a lease agreement of the hospital facilities between the county and TVHC, Inc. and represents 5 percent of TVHC’s net operating profit for fiscal year 2014, which ended Sept. 30, 2014.
Commissioner Kelly Park noted the significance of the moment by reflecting that several years ago, our county was “at risk of losing our community hospital” due to serious financial challenges.
The irony of the situation was not lost on Bob Benedict who currently serves as Chair for the TVHC Board of Directors. Bob was a County Commissioner during the hospital crisis when the BOCC took over the governance of the facility and supervised the subsequent restructuring of hospital administration and the business model. Over two years ago, TVHC moved from a county-owned business to a private nonprofit healthcare organization, effectively protecting the county from hospital financial liabilities and removing the burden of tax support from residents.
Bob expressed gratitude for Teton County taxpayers who helped pass two supplemental levies in 2008 and 2010 to boost TVHC out of near bankruptcy, saying that TVHC has survived due to community support.
CEO Keith Gnagey provided updates on other contractual terms including the annual lease payment of $70,000 and an agreement that TVHC maintain and improve the county-owned plant each year by investing in repairs and new equipment. The amount required per that equation in FY 2014 was $416,149.25. Year-end audited financials showed that TVHC made over $751,000 in improvements or 180 percent of the requirement.
“It was absolutely my pleasure to give this check to our county and to have the opportunity to thank our taxpayers and everyone who worked so hard to make this possible,” said Bob Benedict after the BOCC meeting.
“Every year presents new challenges for rural hospitals, both anticipated and unanticipated,” adds Gnagey. “We hope that we’re in a position next year to again present a check to Teton County.”