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Health briefs: Help available for health insurance enrollment

Help is available for insurance enrollment

Individuals who need health insurance or need to renew their plans must do so by Jan. 31 and they need to be aware of the following important information.

• There are new plans and prices every year. Financial help is available to lower monthly costs.

• Free in-person assistance is available to help find the right plan.

Those already enrolled will need to renew their plan to retain coverage.

• There are tax fines for not having health insurance.

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Individuals must enroll or renew their plans by Dec. 15 for coverage beginning Jan. 1, by Jan. 15 for coverage beginning Feb. 1 and by Jan. 31 for coverage beginning March 1.

For assistance with enrolling in health insurance, call a health coverage guide at the Northwest Colorado VNA at 970-871-7330 or Yampa Valley Medical Center at 970-879-1322.

Drop-in open enrollment assistance also is available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Jan. 26 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive.

VNA will host Celebration of Light

Individuals and families who have lost loved ones are invited to the Celebration of Light, 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. Each person will decorate an ornament in memory of their loved one and place it on a community tree. A small, candlelight service with follow. Ornaments, supplies and refreshments will be provided. Participants are welcome to take their ornament home after the holidays. For more information, call JoAnne Grace at 970-871-7629.

Parkinson’s exercise class offered twice weekly

Parkinson's exercise classes are held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Fridays at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, Eighth and Oak streets. The class consists of exercises developed by neuroscientist Becky Farley (pwr4life.org) and Gary Sobol (who has Parkinson’s and is the founder of GZ Sobol’s Parkinson’s Network: parkinsonsnetwork.org) to specifically address Parkinson’s symptoms, including dexterity, rigidity, balance, bradykinesia and voice softness. Class participants warm up their muscles, focus on big, powerful movements and loud voices and work together as a group to encourage one another, share tips and revel in good humor.

Classes are free. Contact Jacqueline Teuscher at 303-829-2869 or jacqueline.teuscher@gmail.com or Eva Gibbon at 970-846-9887 for more information.

Food boxes available for low-income seniors

Commodities Supplemental Food Program boxes are designed to supplement the diets of low-income seniors 60 and older. The boxes, distributed monthly by LiftUp of Routt County to area seniors, contain a variety of nonperishable food items and cheese. If you or someone you know may benefit from this program, call the LiftUp Food Bank at 970-870-8804 for more information.

Casey’s Pond Senior Living in need of bingo prizes

Donations are being accepted for jewelry, small stuffed animals or similar items to be used as bingo prizes at the Doak Walker House at Casey's Pond Senior Living in Steamboat Springs.

Drop them off at the concierge desk or call Celia with questions at 970-457-4883.

Variety of support groups meeting this week

• A bereavement support group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Rollingstone Respite House. The group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Call 970-871-7629 before attending your first meeting.

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

• The Steamboat Meditation Recovery Group meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs, 2250 Copper Frontage Road, No. 202. The group also has a recovery-based yoga before at 4:30 p.m. The group will explore recovery through meditation, book study and open discussion. Meetings are open to all faiths and addictions. For more information, call 720-670-8642.

• A Caregiver Cancer Support Group is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the community room at Natural Grocers, 355 Lincoln Ave. For more information, call 970-846-4717.