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Medicare Open Enrollment

Dear Editor:

It’s that time of the year – Medicare Open Enrollment. Now is the time for Medicare beneficiaries to compare their current Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) Plan to the plans available for 2015.

The open enrollment period is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, and any changes will take place Jan. 1, 2015. There are 31 Part D plans available to Missouri residents for 2015. The plan with the

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Foster/Adoptive Parents Needed

In Northwest Missouri, more than 4000 children suffer from abuse and neglect. These kids are in need of a family. Whether or not you’ve considered fostering or adopting before, go to healthyfamilies4kids.org, or call 855-SRV-KIDS for more information about what it takes to get involved and make a life-altering difference.

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GHCAA Women’s Clinic

Green Hills Community Action Agency Women’s Health will be having clinic hours at their Trenton location (1506 Oklahoma Ave) on Friday, Nov. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 12, 8:30 a.m. t0 12 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Call 660-359-2855 for an appointment. Enter through the 2nd door on the north side of the building.

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Grand River Halloween 5k

CHILLICOTHE, MO — Dress in your best Halloween costume and show up for a contest at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 25, then join the Grand River Heart Restart for its 5k run/walk at 6 p.m. This event is sponsored by GRHR, an organization which focuses on heart health in the community. Registration before Oct. 1 costs $15; after Oct. 1 is $20. Get your entry form at Hedrick Medical Center

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The A-B-Cs of Medicare Part D

It’s Medicare Part D comparison time.

Medicare Part D prescription drug plan annual open enrollment is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Enrollment changes will be effective Jan. 1, 2015, for most people. Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to do a plan comparison each year to verify proper drug coverage for the coming year.

The Active Aging Resource Center is helping Medicare recipients with plan comparisons, financial assistance programs, and to better

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Letters to Ladies, October 2014

How can you support a friend or family member that may be in an abusive relationship?

Acknowledge that they are in a very difficult and scary situation. Be supportive and listen.

Be non-judgmental.

Encourage them to participate in activities outside of the relationship with friends and family.

Help them to develop a safety plan.

Encourage them to talk to people who can provide help and guidance.

Remember that you cannot

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Health Departments Experience Funding Cuts, Scary Timing

The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. has some area residents concerned, and Cheryl Alexander, administrator at the Daviess County Health Department, said now is not the time for the state to be cutting funding.

“Maybe I’m overreacting,” she said, “but with the first case of Ebola in the US, the threat of the Enterovirus D68, and a Hepatitis A exposure at a restaurant in Springfield, it seems

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Access II Benefit Specialist Helps with Medicare Claims

Access II Independent Living Center—which services Caldwell, Carroll, Daviess, Grundy, Harrison, Livingston, Mercer, and Ray Counties—staffs a certified benefit specialist, Marina Beebe, who can assist you with applying and receiving Medicare Cost Savings Programs. Contact her at 1-888-663-2423 EXT 229.

Do you receive Medicare? If you answered yes, do you have a difficult time paying for your Part B premiums? If Medicare premiums are difficult to afford, you may be

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CRMC to Sponsor 12th Annual Health Fair

Staff members at Cameron Regional Medical Center are busily preparing for their 12th Annual Health Fair – a special event from which area residents can greatly benefit. A comprehensive list of free wellness services will be offered.

“As part of the medical center’s mission, we will be offering testing and services aimed at improving the well-being of area residents,” stated Joe Abrutz, CRMC Administrator. “We hope people will come out

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