Craig health briefs for Nov. 29, 2014: The Memorial Hospital donates $1,000 to food bank | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig health briefs for Nov. 29, 2014: The Memorial Hospital donates $1,000 to food bank

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

The Memorial Hospital will donate $1,000 to Moffat County Food Bank for holiday food baskets in correlation with its United Way workplace campaign.

TMH offered the incentive to its employees that if $10,000 in donations were made by Nov. 19 to Moffat County United Way to support local nonprofits, the hospital would donate $1,000 to the food bank.

"This donation is very timely," said Moffat County Food Bank's Shannon Koucherik. "Our requests for donations have gone up over 20 percent in the past year."

Yearly, the Moffat County Food Bank distributes food baskets during the holiday season. People in need can still apply. Applications are available at the Food Bank and are due by Dec. 12. The Food Bank is open from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Agency provides guidance on enrolling in Medicare

The open enrollment period for Medicare ends Dec. 7, and the nonprofit National Council on Aging has created an online resource known as My Medicare Matters to help baby boomers avoid common mistakes when enrolling.

During open enrollment, seniors and disabled people can compare Medicare benefits for the next year and change their prescription drug plan or Medicare Advantage Plan.

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The resource helps people evaluate their individual needs, compare their options, enroll in a plan and sustain the best coverage for years to come.

According to a press release from NCOA, common errors include signing up too early or too late for Medicare and its parts, not understanding the difference between a Medicare Supplement and a Medicare Advantage policy, not applying for extra help and not re-evaluating your coverage every year.

Even if people are happy with the plans they have, it's important to review options, because there may be a better plan out there.

For more information, visit MyMedicareMatters.org. Assistance is also available by calling the State Health Insurance Assistance Program at 1-888-696-7213 to be connected to SHIP counselors in your area, or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

VNA offers free assistance in signing up for health insurance

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering drop-in sessions for free one-on-one guidance on health insurance enrollment from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday and again on Dec. 15 at 745 Russell Street in Craig.

A certified health coverage guide and health insurance broker from Western Slope Health Insurance, LLC will be available to answer questions about health insurance or to assist individuals in enrolling or renewing applications. No appointment is necessary.

The VNA is also offering free appointments to help people find the best plan and qualify for tax credits. To schedule an appointment, call 970-824-8233 or schedule online at http://www.nwcovna.org/healthinsurance.php.

Open enrollment ends Feb. 15, 2015, however to receive coverage beginning Jan. 1 or to change your existing plan, you must complete your enrollment by Dec. 15. To compare available health plans, visit Connect For Health Colorado at http://connectforhealthco.com.

Appointments can also be scheduled with a Health Coverage Guide at the following times and locations throughout the open enrollment period:

• From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday at Mind Springs Health in Craig

• From noon to 4 p.m. every Tuesday at The Memorial Hospital in Craig

REPS to offer suicide prevention training

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide will offer an ASIST suicide prevention training from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Congregational Church in Hayden. The training is open to the public and registration is free.

To register, call 970-810-2232.