Recently I received an email about a huge premium increase coming for Medicare Part B because of the Affordable Care Act. In actual fact, the ACA is expected to slow the growth rate of premiums. The following information comes directly from Medicare and should ease your concerns.

The amount of the Part B premium is calculated each year based on health care costs from the previous year. For most individuals, the government pays 75 percent of this calculated premium, while the beneficiary is responsible for 25 percent. It is anticipated that new health reforms should decrease fraud, waste and abuse and drive down health care costs through delivery system reforms such as unnecessary hospital readmissions. Because the Part B premium is calculated based on health care costs, a decrease in the growth rate of these overall expenses will result in a slower growth rate for Part B premium costs.

One change that the ACA has implemented will affect the premium. Beneficiaries with annual incomes more than $85,000 will be required to pay a greater share of the Part B premium. The higher the income, the more that individual pays in monthly premium costs. Currently only about 5 percent of those with Medicare are paying the higher premium. The ACA builds on this existing law by freezing the current income thresholds for higher-income beneficiaries through 2019. As a result, an estimated 14 percent will pay a higher premium by that date. However, the majority of Medicare beneficiaries will still be unaffected by these changes.

Show canceled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Bridal Dress Show and Reception planned for June 14 has been canceled. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the First United Methodist Church volunteers and Duane Riley, who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.

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

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. A domino tournament is scheduled for 1 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday 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.

Saturday, 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 Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. The FIT Committee meets at 2 p.m. The Upbeats Band practices at 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge begins at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, gentle exercises will begin at 11 a.m. Pitch begins at 12:30 p.m. Bridge starts at 1:15 p.m. The FCCA board of directors will meet at 2 p.m.

June 13 begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Life Writing is at 1 p.m. Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m. The dance at 7:30 p.m. will feature the Calhouns. The recommended donation is $5 per person. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Bierock casserole, peas, mixed vegetables, creamy fruit salad.

Friday: Barbecue beef on bun, potatoes, coleslaw, plums.

Monday: Porcupine meatballs, noodles, confetti cottage cheese, wheat roll, citrus fruit salad.

Tuesday: Roast beef with potatoes and gravy, steamed cabbage, muffin, apple crisp.

June 13: Chicken and stuffing, peas, winter vegetables, wheat bread, lemon bars.

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