Alzheimer's aid needed
The Alzheimer's Association recently released its 2020 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report. It revealed there are about 110,000 Hoosiers living with Alzheimer's disease. This number is expected to rise by more than 18% in the next five years – to 130,000. Another 342,000 people are serving as unpaid caregivers.
Behind each of these statistics is a person in need of support. At the Greater Indiana Chapter, we offer support groups, education programs and other services to families affected by the disease. But we can't do it alone. We need volunteers in Allen and surrounding counties to help provide these programs, as well as raise money through the Walk to End Alzheimer's, which keeps our services free and supports research into new treatments.
No matter your interest or skill set, we have a role for anyone who wants to join us in the fight. Go to alz.org/Indiana/volunteer for more information or call the Alzheimer's Association's free, 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.
A taste of 'Home'
Congratulations to the cast and crew of the Jesters on their recent musical, “Home.” The students' months of hard work came to life as they performed March 7 and 8 at the University of Saint Francis North Campus. Under the capable leadership of Allison Ballard, director, and her staff, the Jesters played to a full house of parents, grandparents, staff and friends.
For those who have never heard of the Jesters, they are a performing group of people with various disabilities supported by the university's School of Creative Arts. It was quite an undertaking by the 75 performers who for six months practiced their routines to the best of their ability to bring an inspiring and heartwarming performance to the stage. Once again, I came away from this performance with total amazement and inspiration. We have already marked our calendar for next year's performance and I encourage everyone to do the same.
CAROLE and HERB FULLER
Call for special enrollment
As many other Medicare patients who have Anthem medical health insurance and are patients in the Parkview health care system, we are concerned about our coverage if Anthem and Parkview part ways on April 29.
The open enrollment period for our Medicare policies takes place from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2020. Because of this, our bills will be reimbursed by Anthem as out-of-network patients from April 29 through December 2020, when we can become enrolled with a different insurance company.
After consulting with an insurance broker, we have found that there is something we can all do to perhaps solve this predicament: we all need to convince Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to grant us a special election period so if Parkview and Anthem do part ways we can change to another Medicare insurance company immediately and not have to wait until the end of the year.
This gets done by calling our U.S. senators and representatives and telling them to ask the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to grant us a special election period.
If we all do this, it will increase our chances of changing our Medicare policies immediately.
Call Sen. Mike Braun at 317-822-8240; Sen. Todd Young at 317-226-6700; Rep. Jim Banks at 260-702-4750 and ask them to advocate for a special election period for all Parkview-Anthem clients.
PAUL and ANN WEBER