T he number of companies offering discount card programs for health care and prescription drugs has increased dramatically in Kansas, and so have the scams that accompany them. The following information is provided by Derek Schmidt, Kansas Attorney General.

Tips to help you shop smartly for medical discount cards:

* Medical discount cards are not health insurance. By law, such cards sold in Kansas must say so in prominent type on both the card and the advertisements.

* Shop around. The cost of a discount card membership could range from $0 to $100 even though companies offer similar services. Be aware of additional charges like administrative fees.

* Your savings may not be significant. In fact, your savings could be wiped out by the fees.

* Be wary of paying large sums in advance for a discount card. Fees should be low. Always check the refund policy.

* Ask your doctor, local hospital, pharmacy and other providers if they accept the discount card before you sign up.

* Watch out for any claims that suggest a discount card is sponsored by a government agency. Some cards use names or "seals of approval" that closely resemble organizations, but are actually run by for-profit businesses.

* Carefully read all materials, especially the fine print. Ask the supplier to mail you information about the product. A reputable discount card company will give you time to review the information and call back later if you decide to enroll.

* Kansas law requires discount card suppliers to provide the customer a 30-day right to cancel and mail the written list of providers within seven calendar days of the transaction. They are also required to maintain a surety bond with the Secretary of State's Office. This can be verified by calling the Secretary of State office at (785) 296-4564.

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the Church of the Brethren volunteers 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.

Upcoming event

Join us Saturday, June 2, for the Beef Empire Days Meals on Wheels Poker Run and Classic Car Show. We are looking for sponsors for the event. For more information, call 272-3620.

Scheduled activities

Thursday begins with TOPS at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercise begins at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. The computer class meets at 3:45 p.m, Zumba is at 5:30 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday has 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. Generally, the first Friday of each month is the monthly covered dish dinner for the Senior Citizens Association, although this month the dinner will be on Friday, April 13.

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

Sunday is Easter. Duplicate bridge will begin at 2 p.m.

Monday, the Walking Club meets at 8:30 a.m. The Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. The Upbeats Band practices at 3 p.m. Zumba begins at 5:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, the Craft Shop Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Gentle exercise will begin at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.

April 11 begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Sue Oldham with the Finney County Public Library will have books, videos and audiobooks at 11 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Life Writing is at 1 p.m. The dance at 7:30 p.m. will feature the Pruitt Band. The recommended donation is $5 per person. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Beef tips on noodles, tomato slices, green beans, wheat bread, citrus fruit.

Friday: Baked fish or chicken strips, parsley potatoes, five-way vegetables, wheat roll, strawberries and peaches.

Monday: Salisbury steak with gravy, creamed peas, spinach salad, wheat bread, peaches.

Tuesday: Oven-fried chicken, scalloped potatoes, Harvard beets, wheat roll, creamy fruit.

April 11: Swiss steak and tomatoes, baked potato, carrots, wheat bread, strawberries.

Note: Fish is available on Fridays in Lent. Call 272-3620 to order by Wednesday.

Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.