The Garden City Telegram
2/27/2013
SOUTHWEST LIFE

Managed care organizations to take over Medicaid

If you are one of the state's 380,000 Medicaid enrollees, you should have received a letter letting you know that a managed care organization (MCO) will be handling your care from now on. You have been "auto-assigned" to one of the three companies doing business in Kansas. KanCare moves virtually all the state's Medicaid beneficiaries into managed care plans operated by private insurance companies.

Each Medicaid enrollee has the option of remaining with their assigned plan or switching to one of the other two companies' plans. Those interested in exploring what other companies might offer will be referred to the ADRC call center for assistance (855) 200-2372. ADRC staff help callers understand the different plans by describing services available. In-home assistance is available. Staff will present options but the final decision will be up to you.

If you have not received your letter with your "auto-assignment," please call (866) 305-5147 for assistance. Take time to review the benefits your company will provide. Make a list of your health providers including your doctor, specialists, pharmacy, home-health agency and hospital. Check with your MCO to see that all your providers are in their network. If not, a change may be in order.

If you are happy with your assignment, you do not need to do anything. If you wish to make a change, however, it must be done by April 3.

Federal payments

If you still receive a paper check for your Social Security or other federal benefit payments, you are required by law to switch to an electronic payment method by Friday. You can choose to get your payments by direct deposit to a bank or credit union account or to a Direct Express Debit MasterCard card account.

Act now to get your money safely and quickly — on time, every time. If you do not choose an electronic payment option by Friday, you will be out of compliance with the law and may receive your payments via the Direct Express card.

Rides available

Effective March 1, Finney County Transit will begin providing transportation to Garden City Regional Airport. Make your booking early for pick-up and drop-off at your home by calling 272-3626 or stop by Finney County Transit office at 1008 N. 11th St.

Fare is $5 per person. The service is not available on weekends.

Thanks for help

Many thanks to the volunteers from First Southern Baptist Church, Jamie Hitchcock and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.

Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Thursday, the TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo begins at 1 p.m. Zumba begins at 5:30 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, the day begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m. The association's covered dish dinner begins at 6 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Monday begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. The Humdingers Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Zumba classes begin at 5:30 p.m. Join Kathy White for exercise to a Latin beat. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has USDA commodities at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises begin at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.

March 6 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:40 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance featuring the Calhouns begins at 7:30 p.m. The recommended donation is $5.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Beef stew or ham and beans, stewed tomatoes, corn bread, fruit parfait with granola.

Friday: Baked fish or taco salad, Corn O'Brien, tortilla chips, mandarin orange gelatin.

Monday: Chicken Parmesan, buttered noodles, green beans, French bread, ambrosia.

Tuesday: Barbecue beef brisket on bun, potato salad, tossed salad, yellow cake.

March 6: Ribette on a bun, sweet potatoes, steamed cabbage, cinnamon apples.

2013 — Celebrating 35 years at the Senior Center of Finney County. Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.