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Craig health briefs for Nov. 7, 2015: The Memorial Hospital to host quarterly What to Expect presentation

— Expecting moms and dads are invited to The Memorial Hospital from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for birth center tour hosted by TMH physicians.

The session is intended to inform future parents about what to expect when giving birth, and the format will provide an opportunity to ask questions, meet other expecting parents, and tour TMH's new birthing center.

Other topics to be covered include car seats and infant massage.

Help is available for insurance enrollment

Individuals who need health insurance or need to renew their plans must do so by Jan. 31, 2016. Be aware of the following important information:

 There are new plans and prices every year. Financial help is available to lower monthly costs.

 Free in-person assistance is available to help you find the right plan.

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 If you're already enrolled, you need to renew your plan to retain coverage. Be sure to review your options.

 There are tax fines for not having health insurance.

 You must enroll or renew your plan by:

  • December 15, 2015 for coverage beginning January 1, 2016
  • January 15, 2016 for coverage beginning February 1, 2016
  • January 31, 2016 for coverage beginning March 1, 2016

For assistance in enrolling in health insurance, contact a Health Coverage Guide at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-871-7324.

Drop-in open enrollment assistance also is available 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and Jan. 14, 2016 at YampaCare Family Medicine, 595 Russell St.

Residents encouraged to take health needs survey

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and other health organizations in the Yampa Valley are seeking input about health needs in our communities. Residents can share their feedback by taking an online survey or attending community forums being held in Moffat and Routt counties.

Information from the Community Health Needs Assessment will be used to design programs and solutions to improve residents' well-being.

The survey takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete and is available until Nov. 15. Completing the survey makes you eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to City Market. To take the online survey, go to nwcovna.org/events.php. Paper surveys are available at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell Street. All answers are confidential.

Residents can also share their input during the following community forums. The first 10 people to arrive at each forum will receive $25 gift certificates.

• Noon Nov. 4 at Wellness Wednesday at The Journey

• 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Clarion Inn & Suites. For Spanish speakers.

• 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at Craig Community Leaders Forum at The Memorial Hospital

VNA offers Hayden grief support group Wednesdays

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a grief education and support group from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this week at The Haven Community Center in Hayden, 300 South Shelton Lane.

The group is open to anyone coping with the loss of a friend or a loved one. For more information or to RSVP, please call 970-871-7682.

VNA offers drop-in flu clinics

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers the following weekly flu immunization clinics. All ages are welcome.

• 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at 745 Russell St. in Craig

• 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 19 at Sunset Elementary School.

For all clinics, bring Medicaid, Medicare or other insurance card. Low cost immunizations are available for uninsured individuals, and cash or checks are accepted. For more information, call 970-871-7624.

TMH Clinic offers flu immunizations

The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic offers flu shots on a walk-in basis every day during regular hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Payment is due at the time of service. If a patient has insurance and would like it to be billed through insurance, they can call to schedule an appointment with their provider.

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