Page-Kincaid not communicating about plans; water problems remain

Earlier in the summer you did an article on the Page-Kincaid Public Service District. In that article it was stated that the PSD was working on the problem. We are now in the middle of October and the water is still brown.

There has been no communication to this community on what the plan is to resolve the issue nor a time frame. The PSD has not flushed the lines appropriately nor on a regular schedule. The damage this water is doing to our homes continues to grow. Sinks are stained brown as are the bathtubs and laundry. The water cannot be used for drinking nor for cooking. The fire hydrants do not work and the PSD has not bagged them. We have purchased our own filter however the filter that was supposed to last 6 months had barely lasted 30 days.

I am paying $90 per month for a service that I cannot use. I would like to see another article come out as a follow up to the first article.

Laura Adkins

Fayetteville

Be aware of pitfalls to avoid

unnecessary health care costs

Americans are increasingly alarmed about rising health care costs. A recent Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) survey revealed that Americans worry more about paying for health care than they worry about costs associated with retirement, college, housing or child care.

Insurance policies and billing procedures can lead to surprise medical bills, emergency department coverage denials and increased costs for prescription drugs but it is often difficult to know what to watch out for.

Some of the potential issues consumers should be on the lookout for now and throughout the year include:

● Surprise medical bills like the $34,000 bill a Virginia family got when its teenage son was treated at an in-network hospital by an out-of-network “plastic surgeon on call” after being hit in the nose by a baseball.

● Emergency department coverage denials like Anthem’s denial of a $12,000 bill in Frankfort, Kentucky, when Brittany Cloyd’s suspected appendicitis turned out to be ovarian cysts, leaving her to cover the full sum.

● Changes to drug copay coupon policies that make it harder for patients living with chronic diseases to afford their medications.

October is Health Literacy Month and with open enrollment season right around the corner, this is the perfect time to review your health policy and make sure you know what you should look out for. Your health, both physical and financial, depends on it.

Jason Resendez,

Catharpin, VA

We need engaged and active citizens – and to have all get out and vote

Richard A. Bradford thinks that we lose freedom every time the Legislature meets. A new law may well enforce freedom, not limit freedom. What we need are more people who are active and engaged citizens. What we need are more people like you who can encourage someone else to register to vote and help them get to the polls or submit an absentee ballot.

PS. I am blind. The gratitude of all blind and low-vision people belongs to the publisher, editors, advertisers and subscribers of the Beckley Register-Herald. Almost enough of every issue is available on the telephone through https://nfb.org/nfbnewsline.

Dirk ‘D.J.’ Neyhart

Berkeley, CA

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