Health briefs: Celebration of Light Dec. 7
Steamboat Springs — Celebration of Light will be Dec. 7
Community members are invited to celebrate the holidays while honoring the memories of loved ones during the Celebration of Light, set fo 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. Individuals of all ages are welcome to release a sky lantern, decorate ornaments and enjoy light refreshments, cookies and hot chocolate. Everyone will release their sky lanterns together at 7 p.m. There will also be a special activity for children. For more information, call Dr. JoAnne Grace at 970-846-8319.
Drop in flu clinic at Yampa Valley Bank
Northwest Colorado Health is holding a drop in flu clinic from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Yampa Valley Bank, 600 South Lincoln Av. Flu shots will be available for adults and children. Costs vary. Bring Medicare, Medicaid, CHP+ or other insurance cards. Low-cost options are available to individuals who do not have insurance. Cash and checks will be accepted. Flu shots also are available by appointment. For more information, call 970-879-1632.
Help is available for insurance enrollment
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
Individuals who need health insurance or need to renew their plans must do so by Jan. 31. Following are some important points to remember.
• There are new plans and prices every year. Financial help is available to lower monthly costs.
• Free in-person assistance is available to help find the right plan.
• Those who are already enrolled need to renew their plans to retain coverage.
• There are tax penalties for not having health insurance.
• You must enroll or renew your plan by Dec. 15 for coverage beginning Jan. 1; Jan. 15 for coverage beginning Feb. 1; and Jan. 31 for coverage beginning March 1.
For assistance free assistance, contact a Health Coverage Guide at Northwest Colorado Health at 970-871-7330 or Yampa Valley Medical Center at 970-879-1322. Drop-in open enrollment assistance also is available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. through Jan. 25 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive.
For more information and resources, visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/healthinsurance.
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