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Thursday, November 21, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Thirteen SCHULTZ Concluded from p. 12 retary of State's office and the nationally-recognized Rock the Vote program. It's an interactive educational opportunity for high school seniors to learn about Iowa's voting process. These seniors are freshman voters and many will be casting a ballot for the first time this year. The goal is to educate the students about Iowa's elec- tion process and the importance of voting and exercis- ing that right. Medicare and the Marketplace The Iowa Department on Aging wants older Iowans to be aware of this information provided by the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). How will the Health Insurance Marketplace affect Medicare and'supplemental health insurance coverage? "The Marketplace is designed to help people who don't have any health insurance," says Kris Gross from the state of Iowa's Senior Health Insurance Information Pro- gram (SHIIP). Iowans on Medicare have health insur- ance through Medicare. The Marketplace won't have any effect on their Medicare coverage. Medicare Part A and B benefits are not changing. Whether you get your benefits through Original Medi- care or a Medicare Advantage plan, you will still have the same benefits you have now. You won't have to make any changes because of the implementation of the Mar- ketplace. Likewise, the Marketplace is not changing Medicare supplement insurance. People on Medicare will still choose from the ten supplemental plans offered today ..(Plans A-N). The Marketplace plans are not intended to supplement Medicare. The laws and rtfies governing Medicare supplements are not changing. People on Medicare will be guaran- teed Medicare supplement coverage the first six months they are age 65 or older and go on Medicare Part B for the first time. Beyond that time most people will need to answer health-related questions to determine if they will get coverage. Plans will not be guaranteed for most people after the initial six month open enrollment pe- riod, unlike Marketplace plans where coverage is guar- anteed regardless of health. Marketplace plans do not have a waiting period be- fore they cover pre-existing health conditions. Medicare supplements waive the pre-existing condition waiting period in some situations, but not all. Generally, Iowans on Medicare should not make changes to their Medicare supplement coverage because of the Marketplace. Be wary of anyone who suggests you change your Medicare supplement coverage be- cause of the Marketplace and health reform. You may want to change your Medicare drug coverage or Medi- care Advantage plan during the October 15-December 7 annual open enrollment period because these plans can change premiums, cost sharing and drugs covered annually. If you have questions about Medicare and the Mar- ketplace, call SHIIP at 1-800-351-4664 (TTY 800-735- 2942). Over 350 SHIIP counselors around the state are also available to sit down and talk with you face-to-face. SHIIP is a service of the Iowa Insurance Division and all services are free, confidential and objective. To find the SHIIP site nearest you, call 1-800-351-4664 (TIT 800- 735-2942), go to www.therightcalliowa.gov or email shiip@iid.iowa.gov. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit, and you reap a character. Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. -Charles Reade Start the day off right! matters 515-223-1150 P.O. Box 160 Norwalk, Iowa www.kwloc,.com LETTERS We publish letters to the editor when they are not libelous and when they are signed by the person or persons submitting them. Opinions expressed are not necessarily the opinions of the N/Warren Town and County News staff. Letters are printed as received. We do not correct spelling and grammatical errors. Dear Customers, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support in our artisan's boutique. It seems like such a short time ago that we were excitedly making prepa- rations for our opening in June 2011. Betty Lester, one of Eclectic Artisans' founding partners, came up with the concept for the shop, and it has grown to become a great little treasure for our community. We have heard again and again from many customers how they enjoyed shopping with us. Unfortunatel due in part to my recent health ail- ment and the busy lives of the remaining partners, the difficult decision to close Eclectic Artisans has been made. The partners have each committed to keep the shop open through the 2013 holiday season, as we know this is a particularly important time of year for our loyal vendors. The final day of sales is planned for December 27, 2013. We have many new items and the artists/ven- dors have assured us they will have plenty of stocked inventories so you may enjoy this last opportunity to shop in our unique boutique. Please note that we will continue to provide the ex- cellent service that our customers have learned to ex- pect up until our doors are officially closed. As many of you know Eclectic Artisans was previ- ously Cheri Starr Jewelry, as a result I have many items to sell. If any of you are interested, or know anyone that may be interested in opening a retail shop, I am selling everything in the store (excluding inventory) for a very good price - a steal for anyone who needs items to start a business or would like to re-open in our existing Norwalk location (it's ready to go!). If I do not sell all of the business supplies in bulk to one buyer, each and every display item, cash register, sales counter, etc. will be for sale individually at negotiated prices. It has truly been a pleasure to have had Cheri Starr Jewelry for eight-and-a-half years and to have been a part of Eclectic Artisans for the short two-and-a-half years. Thank you again for allowing me to have served you. Let's go out on a positive note! I sincerely thank you, /s/Cheri Fernandez Dear SallTg iowa Parents: Help Stop Teen Prescription Drug Mis- use and Abuse Did you know more Americans now die from drug overdoses than car crashes? It is a startling and deadly statistic. Of these deaths, 60 percent were due to the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs--making them more deadly than illicit drugs like cocaine and heroin. Iowa is not immune to this trend. Improper use of prescription medicines is the fastest-growing form of substance abuse in Iowa. During the last decade, the number of Iowans age 12 or older treated for prescription painkiller abuse has increased 250 percent and overdoses due to pain medi- cines such as Oxycontin have increased 1,200 percent. Why are Iowa teens misusing and abusing prescrip- tion drugs? According to the 2012 national PATS study, teens are more apt to abuse prescription medicines than illicit drugs for a .few reasons. Only 14 percent of par- ents warn teens about prescription drugs when they have "the alcohol and drug talk." And, four in 10 teens who have misused or abused prescription drugs say they took them from their parent's medicine cabinet. Iowa Medicine TLC is a new kind of "TLC" I encour- age all parents to give their teens. Iowa Medicine TLC stands for Talk, Lock and Connect. Talk to your teens about the dangers of prescription and over-the-counter drug misuse and abuse. Lock up these medicines and properly dispose of them. Connect with the Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center (ISAIC) at IowaMedicineTLC.org` or call 866-242-4111, to learn how you can help prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse. (Editor's Note: Norwalk resident, Misty Hansen of Massages by Misty has been helping raise money for a young man who has Cystic Fibrosis since he was 14 years of age. She organized the Norwalk Christmas Crawl as a way to earn money to help with medical expenses for the young man and as a way of showing her love for the Norwalk community. Hansen has been interviewed by Lee Rood of the Des Moines Register and they will be doing an article which hopefully will bring more atten- tion to the Christmas Crawl and help raise even more money for Stephon. Following is a letter sent out to those who are participating in the Christmas Crawl.) Dear Community When I started this event it was for Stephon. I have been sponsoring Stephon Arends since he was 14. He has Cystic Fi- brosis, it is a terminal dis- ease. Currentl3 he is suf- fering from liver failure. I have been sponsoring him for years to get him the care and financial support he needs. He is in Blank Children's right now and the doctors are concerned he is not doing well. His story needs to be heard. He is a tighter. He is 17. He needs ou, support and love. With all the events in the past we have done it has helped. Fareway has helped throw a BBQ,,Dan Trilk and Debbie Doo Wop helped me throw a kids event at Tartine restaurant and The Daily Grind, Apple Orchard allowed us to throw a pumpkin deco- rating day, Scott's Foods allowed us to have a car wash. I havedone Massage for a Cause days, people have shown support, but not many people came. It's been exhausting, but well worth it as we somehow always managed to raise just enough. So I wanted to put together a big event, something where there was a lot of foot traffic. I also love Norwalk and it has become my home as we moved a lot and I mean a lot as a child. I consider Norwalk my home, my roots. I have lived here now for 8 years and con- sider you all my family. I understand what it's like to run a small business. I understand what it's like to struggle and to put ev- erything into your work financially and emotion- ally. I have also heard people tell me in my office that they don't know much about what's available in town for services. So a Stephon Arends thought came to my mind. Why don't I organize a crawl?? Like the Dish crawls, bar crawls or the ladies night out they did in Ankeny. Get the word out with lots of businesses in- volved and more floor traf- fic for Stephon's cause. I will be accepting dona- tions at my office for Stephon's benefit during the event. Customers will be entered to win a second prize automatically filled with gift certificates from Des Moines just for com- ing to my office for the event. And if they make it to all the businesses they "will be entered to win a gift basket full of goodies and gift certificates from participating Norwalk businesses. What a great way for Norwalk busi- nesses to be seen and for Norwalk Customers to get great deals for Christmas while supporting local, supporting their neigh- bors! Building a strong economy for our home- town. Thank you so much for participating. I feel it's going to be a great success and if so, we can do this every Christmas. Remem- ber share the info on Facebook and your websites, tell your custom- ers. Sincerely, Misty Hansen LMT www.massagebymisty.com /s/Emily Blomme Program Manager Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center 3750 Williams Blvd SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 BlommeE@crlibrary.org 319-398-5133 Tonsurphobla is the fear of haircuts.