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July 12, 2014

Dennis Lanane: Health insurance experts to address Triad meeting

Madison County Triad will address the issue of health insurance at the July 17 meeting at 10:30 a.m. in the theater area of the Anderson Mounds Mall.

Speakers will be John W. Williams, Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP); Mike Casuscelli, Affordable Care Act navigator at the Madison County Community Health Center; and Roger Walby, long-term care ombudsman. The ombudsman helps when residents or family members have questions and concerns about the rights of older consumers receiving long term care. Roger covers the LifeStream area.

The services provided by the Senior Health Insurance Program, Affordable Care Navigators and the Long Term Care Ombudsman are free and provided by their agencies.

Triad has received several complaints from people who are trying to help family members get on Medicaid and/or other insurance and health care policies. Sometimes they paid the money but did not get the results they were promised. Hopefully we will be able to successfully address those concerns and get some answers from our speakers that will be of help to them. Some of these people may be paying people a lot of money to help them with some difficult issues that are already available with no out-of-pocket expenses.

There are probably many people who might be thinking that they are safe from getting into a situation where you need to depend on a spouse, one of your children or even one of your friends. If you live long enough and do not try to maintain a healthy lifestyle you could end up in a critical, helpless situation quicker than you think.

We want to thank Ashley Thomas, program specialist from the Alzheimer's Association, for being our speaker at our June Triad meeting. Ashley did a great job of explaining some of the symptoms we need to be watching for in case you think you might be having some early Alzheimer's disease issues.

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