The Garden City Telegram
4/17/2013
SOUTHWEST LIFE

Alternatives to Medicare prescription coverage available

The past several weeks this column has covered health insurance for senior citizens. Medicare Part A is hospitalization insurance. Medicare Part B covers outpatient services. These two components cover 80 percent of medical costs. A Medicare supplement will cover most of the remaining 20 percent. Prescription coverage is known as Medicare Part D. Medicare Advantage offers an alternative through private insurance.

There are some other options which apply for you:

* COBRA: When you lose your job or retire, your employer must offer you continuation coverage, or COBRA. You will have to pay the entire premium yourself, and the coverage is short-term. It usually lasts only up to 18 months.

* Medicaid: If you have limited income and savings, you can apply for this coverage. You must also be older than 65 or younger than 65 with disabilities. Some children also qualify. You can apply for this benefit at your local DCF office.

* TRICARE for Life: This insurance is for you and your family members if you are a military retiree, eligible for Medicare and age 65 or older.

* Veteran's Benefits: Veterans who served active duty can get health coverage benefits from the U.S. Veteran's Administration.

* Tribal or Indian Health Benefits: This benefit is for members of federally recognized tribes. Care is given at tribal health centers and local Indian Health Services clinics in the clinic's health service area. In some cases, tribal members may receive benefits at another tribe's health center.

Counselors are available to help understand these decisions. Call 272-3620 and request an appointment with a SHICK (Senior Health Insurance Counselor of Kansas) counselor.

Volunteer luncheon

Volunteers are absolutely indispensible at the senior center. Volunteers can be found involved with every program, every activity here. The Finney County Senior Citizens Association, who are all volunteers themselves, will be sponsoring a free luncheon on April 25 to honor everyone who volunteers at the senior center. Join us for a smothered steak lunch at noon. Tickets are required so pick yours up at the senior center office.

Thanks for help

Many thanks to the volunteers from RSVP 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.

Shuttle service

Leave your car at home. Finney County Transit has begun shuttle service to Garden City Regional Airport operating seven days a week for all flights. Buses will pick you up at your home and deliver you to the airport one hour before the scheduled departure time.

For your return, the bus will be waiting at the airport door for your trip back home.

Cost is $5 per person each way. Passengers wanting to use this convenience should call the transit office, 272-3626, at least 24 hours in advance. Weekend and early Monday departures should make bus arrangements before 5 p.m. on Friday.

Also, Beeline Bus Service, which is operating out of the Finney County Transit office, is now stopping at the Boothill Casino as part of its Dodge City service.

The bus departs Garden City at 8:05 each morning and arrives at the casino at 9 a.m. and the mall at 9:10 a.m. The westbound return bus leaves Dodge City at 10 a.m. Beeline operates national connecting service to Greyhound Bus Lines in Wichita and Pueblo, Colo. Tickets for both the Beeline and Greyhound bus lines can be purchased at Finney County Transit, 1008 N. 11th St., or by calling 272-3626.

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. The Association Board meets at 3:15 p.m. Zumba starts at 5:30 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, the day begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to noon. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday has Prairie Land Food pick-up at noon. The pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 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 starts at 5:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has gentle exercises at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m. Bingo starts at 1:30 p.m.

April 24 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Library outreach is at 11:30 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:40 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance featuring "Oklahoma Cowboy" begins at 7:30 p.m. The recommended donation is $5.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Porcupine meatballs, scalloped potatoes, broccoli, wheat roll, blueberry dessert.

Friday: Baked fish or chicken strips, tator tots, five-way veggies, wheat roll, mandarin oranges.

Monday: Beef stew or ham and beans, steamed cabbage, stewed tomatoes, cornbread, plums.

Tuesday: Sweet and sour chicken, rice pilaf, oriental vegetables, wheat bread, peaches.

April 24: Taco salad, Corn O'Brien, tortilla chips with salsa, ambrosia.

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