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2A Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 Portola Reporter Bosom Buddies From left, Charlotte Carmichael, Kandy Foard, and LeAnne Bergstrand show up to have their digital mammograms during Eastern Plumas Health Care's $80 October Special. "We use the buddy system," said Foard, the instigator, who has been bringing Bergstrand along for the past three or four years. Carmichael was a new addition this year, and definitely added to the party atmosphere. Bergstrand said her mother died in 2005 of breast cancer. "But, I didn't go until she (Foard) started the buddy system." When asked what motivated her to make sure her friends come along each year, Foard said, "We're at that age -- it needs to be done." The three women said they get together and make a day of it -- doing a bit of partying along with mammogramming. They all agreed it made the process a lot more fun to share it with friends. An added plus: "Our techs were fantastic, and their hands are warm!" said Carmichael. Photo submitted FAA honors longtime local pilot Representatives from the Federal A~'~a~n Administration ~/rssented the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award to Iongtime pilot,~ficl business owner Johnny Moore, left, ~n Thursday, Oct. 29. This prestigious award is give,.t6 a pilot who has demonstrated safe flying a~i,~cies for at least 50 years. In their preser~t'ation, Harry Smith, center, and Ken Kelley said it has been well documented by the F~A that throughout Moore's flying career he has always demonstrated professionalism, skil~l and expertise by maintaining safe operations. Moore took his first solo flight in 1959 and ~'~ent on to become a commercial pilot, flight instructor and FAA examiner. Before returning~˘to Quincy, where he has owned and operated Sugarpine Aviators at the Quincy Airport s~nce 1978, Moore spent the early part of his career as a cropduster in California and Nevada aed.~ bush pilot in Alaska. He also authored a book entitled "1 Must Fly," chronicling he and hi~ ~l'amily's history in aviation in Plumas County. Moore said the award was "totally unexpect./ed, but very much appreciated." Photo by Mike Taborski I Stacy Fisher Even if you decide no Staff Writer changes are needed in your Medicare health coverage, it's a good idea to stay PASSAGES Health informed on whether plans Insurance Counseling & have changed providers or Advocacy Program is policies. offering free Welcome to Medicare workshops for Supplemental and gap those turning 65 this year or insurance younger adults entitled to "If you have a Medicare Medicare due to a disability• Advantage plan, it provides The nonprofit organization an insurance option that will has 25 HICAP counselors administer all of your throughout northern paperwork and billing California to assist seniors requirements," Roarty said. who will soon claim Social "Supplemental or gap Security with Medicare plans cover the gap in your benefits, insurance between what As people get closer to Medicare covers and what it Medicare eligibility, there doesn't. It is in addition to are several things to Medicare so that a person is consider, according to Pat fully covered for his or her Roarty, a state registered medical expenses," she counselor for the HICAP added. program. There are two types of She said that it's important supplemental medical to know what questions to insurance to cover what ask, such as: How will my Medicare won't, she noted, Medicare work with my those being Medicare retirement plan? Will Advantage and a Medicare delaying enrollment into Gap plan. Medicare cause me to be Roarty explained that penalized? What drug plan when your doctor submits do I need? What plans are his bill, the first payer is available to lower my Medicare. Medicare health and "Your doctor will then bill prescription costs? your supplemental insurance "We are advocates for company for any charges not seniors only -- we do not sell covered by Medicare• When or recommend private that comes back, your insurance companies," she medical server will bill you insisted. "We're here for the balance owed." to help people with United Health Care is the questions. We don't charge only Medicare Advantage anybody for any of our insurance health plan services," which includes available in Plumas County, helping fill out paperwork she pointedout. and explaining various "If you want a stand alone coverage options, prescription plan that's Enrollees need to pay superior to what Medicare special attention to will assign to you, there are important dates, she added, lists of different plans that The annual enrollment you can choose from." period for Part D drug plans Counselors can assist and Part C Medicare those with questions on how Advantage plans begins Oct. to fill out a prescription drug 15 and ends Dec. 7. plan finder form. "During open enrollment, "We list all the drugs used Medicare requires your drug by a senior and submit the plan choice be submitted, form to Medicare, which will with coverage beginning then send out a list of three Jan. 1," said Roarty. insurance companies that People can change their offer the cheapest rate," insurance plan any time Roarty said. during the year when they Seniors can also go online change the way their to fill out the form Medicare health coverage is themselves at, delivered, but it doesn't take she said, effect until the following but added, "It's really January, Roarty said. difficult to get it correct." Changes to existing rules Medicare Annual Open Enrollment has started• However important changes may be on the horizon if congress decides to act soon to modify existing rules and fees such as co-payments and monthly premiums for seniors entering the system next year. Roarty added that the open enrollment period spans six months starting with the first month you are enrolled in Part B. What this means is that after your open enrollment period ends, you may not be able to buy Medi-gap. "It isn't entirely certain at this point in time, but people should be aware that congress may act to raise Medicare Part B monthly premiums," Roarty said. The increase would only affect new enrollees in 2016, she said, and not those on Medicare prior to 2016. Fraud alerts HICAP counselors can also help seniors prevent fraud, Roarty said. "We cover topics like fraud against the elderly, which is a horrible problem right now," she noted. Typical guidelines include never sharing your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by phone or email. Medicare never contacts enrollees for their Medicare information. Beware of sales people who knock on your door, warned Roarty, or call you uninvited and try to sell you a product or service. In its newsletter, Ronda Kramer, program manager for PASSAGES, cautioned against signing up with the wrong plan, or not doing anything that may cost new Medicare recipients thousands of dollars. Applicants may not be able to make changes if enrollment deadlines are missed. For more information or to schedule a workshop, contact Katherine Tilman at 898-5927. For additional information, call PASSAGES at 800-434-0222, or visit: Public input wanted for transportation plan ::! All Outdoor Furniture in Stock! • Carpets • Blinds • Wood Flooring Featuring Barcalounger, Sunny Designs, Aspen, Broyhill, and Lane Furniture Open Wed-Sun, 9:30 AM - 4 PM Community meetings to bike lanes, bicycle racks, two years. develop the county's crosswalks? "Public outreach is first-ever Active "Every community is extremely important," Transportation Plan got different," said Jim Graham, Graham emphasized. If underway Tuesday in who is heading up the effort unable to attend the public Quincy. The effort continues for the county, "so it's really meetings, visit this, evening in La Porte,.and important to hear from folks to Fill moves to Portola on Thursday in each area." out an online survey or search and Graeagle on Friday The county received a for additional information. before concluding Saturday $110,347 grant from the Paper copies of the survey in Greenville and Chester. Caltrans Sustainable are available at all area Residents are invited to Transportation Program libraries, the public works weigh in on what makes it to develop the Active department offices in East challenging to walk or Transportation Plan and Quincy and the courthouse bike in their neighborhoods, has hired a consultant, lobby in Quincy• or to work or school. What Alta Planning and Design,All surveys need to be would entice you to ride or to complete it. The effort completed and returned by walk more? More pathways, is expected to take aboutNov. 30. III Collision Repair Professionals ,t