Health briefs: Celebration of Light Dec. 7 |

Health briefs: Celebration of Light Dec. 7

Yampa Valley Health

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

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.

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