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November 2, 2013

Council on Aging Offers Help to Residents

ITMNN — The Council on Aging today announced two ongoing activities that the Southern West Virginia agency is offering.

 Council on Aging Executive Director Jennifer Gibson said that “in-person assisters” are available at the center to help area residents without affordable insurance coverage understand and choose coverage options under the new federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

 “A lot of people are not sure of the direction they should go with the new federal health insurance options. We are fortunate to have individuals in our office that are trained and certified in how to help people understand coverage that is available to them,” Gibson said.

 The in-person assisters, part of a nationwide U.S. Health and Human Services initiative called Champions for Coverage, will be working at the Council on Aging through March 2014. Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace is now underway. Individuals can apply until the end of March, with coverage beginning as early as January 1, 2014.

 One assister will be offering this service at the Raleigh County Public Library. Those interested in speaking with an assister may call 800-499-4080 to obtain a schedule regarding dates and times that this service will be available.

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Gibson also announced the Council is hosting a raffle that will offer a host of prizes worth hundreds of dollars. Prizes include: a leather recliner, a lift chair, a weekend stay at Glade Springs Resort, a “day of fun” at Winterplace, Coach purses and two tickets to Dollywood.

 Raffle tickets cost $10 each and will be on sale through Nov. 30. Tickets can be purchased at the Council on Aging office in Itmann.

Council on Aging is a Southern West Virginia-based non-profit agency that offers numerous services to seniors. The agency, one of the state’s largest and most active, is based in Itmann, Wyoming County, but serves seniors in several counties.

For more information, contact the Council on Aging (304-294-8800 or 800-499-4080).

 

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