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New insurance requirements given for sports physicals

Angel Carpenter

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on July 26, 2016 6:38PM

The Grant County Health Department and Strawberry Wilderness Community Clinic in John Day have announced new insurance requirements for student-athlete sports physicals.

A pre-participation sports physical is required every two years at the public schools for those students who are involved in sports.

In the past, the Health Department and clinic provided physicals for a nominal fee; however, officials say due to changes in requirements by health insurance providers that has changed.

They now require a full adolescent well-child exam at the time of the sports physical, which are fully covered annually by all insurance plans.

Strawberry Clinic has openings available with visiting nurse practitioner Patricia Widenoja, and the Health Department has appointments available with nurse practitioner Jess Furka.

The health department has new hours: 7 a.m. to noon and 1-6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 8 a.m. to noon Fridays, with a nurse available.

Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 17 and 18, have been designated for adolescent well-child exams at the Health Department.

The Strawberry Clinic hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

The School-Based Health Center at Grant Union Junior-Senior High School will be open Tuesday, Aug. 30, and nurse practitioner Karen Triplett will be available for adolescent well-child exams there as well.

For more information, contact Strawberry Clinic at 541-575-0404 or the Health Department at 541-575-0429.


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