Health briefs: Program for Moms now using eWIC card
The Colorado Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children has switched from paper checks to a debit-style eWIC card. WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support and supplemental nutritious foods to pregnant women, mothers and children who qualify. Allocations for WIC-approved foods are added to participants’ eWIC cards. The card eliminates confusion and check-out time in the grocery store. Research has found WIC increases duration of pregnancies and reduces infant mortality and low birthweight and helps prevent nutrition deficiencies in children. Woman and children in WIC also are more likely to receive prenatal care and/or have a regular source of medical care. WIC is offered at Northwest Colorado Health in Steamboat Springs and Craig. For more information, visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/wic or call 970-871-7677.
Help available for insurance enrollment
Individuals who need health insurance or need to renew their plans must do so by Jan. 31.
• 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. Be sure to review options.
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.
• There are tax penalties for not having health insurance.
• Enrollment must be completed by the following dates.
• Dec. 15 for coverage beginning Jan. 1.
• Jan. 15 for coverage beginning Feb. 1.
• Jan. 31, 2017 for coverage beginning March 1.
For free assistance, call 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 is also available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Jan. 25 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive. For more information and resources, visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/healthinsurance.
Free breast exams available for qualified women
Women age 40 to 64 and have limited or no health insurance may qualify for free breast exams and cervical cancer screenings. In addition to meeting age and income requirements, women must live in Colorado, be legal residents (or legally present) in the U.S. and have not had a mammogram or Pap test in the past 12 months. Women’s Wellness Connection is a program at Northwest Colorado Health. For more information, visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/wwc or call 970-879-1632.
Parkinson’s Support Group helps patients, caregivers
The Yampa Valley Parkinson’s Support Network meets at 5 p.m. the second Monday of every month at Casey’s Pond. All patients, caregivers and family members are welcome to attend. Discussions often include guest speakers and focus on quality of life issues, research updates and living well with Parkinson’s Disease. Contact Adrienne Hearne for more information: email@example.com or 512-630-1373.
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