Health briefs: Veterans Affairs health care programs meet Affordable Care Act requirements

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— Veterans who are enrolled in Department of Veterans Affairs health care programs — including the veterans health care program, the Civilian Health and Medical program or the spina bifida health care program — do not need to take additional steps to meet the Affordable Care Act coverage standards, according to a news release from the VA.

The new health care law will not change VA health benefits or out-of-pocket costs for those who are enrolled, according to the release. Veterans who are not enrolled in VA health care can apply at www.va.gov/healthbenefits or by calling 1-877-222-8387.

For more information, call Routt County Veterans Affairs Officer Michael Condie at 970-879-5489.

Support groups to meet this week

• A bereavement support group for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one is from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Rollingstone Respite House. Call 970-871-7628 prior to attending your first meeting.

• A domestic violence support group for women is from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Advocates Building Peaceful Communities. Call Diane at 970-879-2034 before attending.

Community invited to decorate Celebration of Light Tree

Community members are invited to celebrate the memory of a loved one by placing a personalized ornament on the Celebration of Light Tree from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Rollingstone Respite House. Ornaments and supplies for notation will be provided, and those who participate are welcome to take their ornaments home after the holidays. For more information, call Katy Thiel at 970-871-7628.

Art show to benefit Hospice and Palliative Care Program

The Art and Soul of Hospice art show is Dec. 6 at the Depot Art Center during First Friday Artwalk. The artwork, which has been donated by local artists, will be for sale, and proceeds will benefit the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice and Palliative Care Program. Preview the artwork at www.nwcovna.org/artshow.php. For more information, contact Kendall Yeager at 970-871-7607 or kyeager@nwcovna.org.

Health insurance marketplace meetings scheduled

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting a series of free information sessions to answer questions about the new health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. A health coverage guide will attend the meetings for individuals, families and small-business owners interested in learning about their options for health insurance under new the legislation. The meeting dates are as follows:

Monday: 1 to 3 p.m. at LIFT-UP of Routt County

Tuesday: 4 to 6 p.m. at the Haven Community Center

For more information, call 970-871-7638.

Whooping cough cases surge in Colorado in October

Responding to a recent surge in cases of whooping cough, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is reminding Coloradans to make sure they are up to date on vaccinations. The Tdap vaccine is recommended for:

• Children ages 7 to 10 who are not fully immunized with the childhood DTaP vaccine series

• Adolescents ages 11 and 12

• Adults who never have received a Tdap vaccine

• Women at 27 to 36 weeks of pregnancy

• Parents and caregivers of infants younger than 12 months, including grandparents, babysitters and child care workers

• Health care workers

• Others who plan to have close contact with an infant

The Tdap vaccine can be received at all VNA flu clinics or from a private medical provider. For a list of flu clinics, call 970-871-7624 or go to www.nwcovna.org/flu.php.

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