Health Briefs, April 10, 2012

New Medicaid Expansion Program available for uninsured adults

Qualifying adults whose dependent children are not insured through Medicaid can apply for a new Medicaid expansion program called the Adults without Dependent Children Medicaid expansion.

Qualified applicants must be between the ages of 19 and 64, not be eligible for Medicare or any other category of Medicaid, and earn an income at or below 10 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, which is approximately $90 a month for a single adult and $125 a month for a married couple.

Ten thousand people will be eligible to enroll in the program in Colorado. To apply, submit an application for medical or public assistance through Mesa County Department of Human Services, P.O. Box 20000, Grand Junction, CO, 81502, or apply in person at 510 29 1/2 Road in Grand Junction, or apply online using Colorado PEAK at

Applicants not picked through random selection may be eligible for health care discounts through the Colorado Indigent Care Program.

Allergy program tonight at clinic


Dr. Randy Roman will host a health talk about natural remedies for allergies at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Roman Family Chiropractic, 2584 Patterson Road.

Call 243-8896 to reserve a seat or get more information.

Health care decision-making event set


End-of-life health care decisions will be discussed at the “Let’s Talk: Planning Your Health Care Decisions” symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Hospital.

The symposium will take place in the Saccomanno Education Center on the fifth floor of the hospital and focus on various end-of-life care topics, including communication of end-of-life wishes, organ donation, medical directives and ethics, and compassion fatigue.

The day’s sessions are free, but registration is required. To register, call 211 or 244-8400. Visit or for more information.

Yoga Dance workshop Saturday


A free Yoga Dance workshop will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St.

Yoga Dance combines simple yoga and dance moves with breathing exercises and can be done in a chair. The workshop is geared toward senior citizens with arthritis, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, breast cancer or other medical problems that impair strength and flexibility.

Call 858-0360 for more information.


End-of-Life Ethics program slated


Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado will host eight sessions of an End-of-Life Ethics program for health care professionals this spring and summer.

Sessions about making end-of-life decisions and their effects on families and health care staff will be available May 7 and 10 in Delta, April 25 in Montrose, and April 20 and 26, June 22 and 27, and July 17 in Grand Junction. A full schedule is available at, where people can register for any one session. Applicants will be charged a $30 processing fee.

Clergy, nursing home administrators, counselors, nurses and others can earn continuing-education credits through the Hospice Foundation of America.


Texting tournament to benefit Hospice


Proceeds from the first annual Texting Tournament for Teens will benefit Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado’s Child and Teen Grief Program.

All teens are welcome to participate in the event from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Bananas Fun Park. Participants will compete in multiple heats to earn one of two grand prizes of $100 or other prizes, including a float trip, bowling passes and gift cards. Registration is at 1 p.m., and the $10 entry fee allows teens to enter the contest and take advantage of unlimited miniature golf and laser tag during the tournament.

RSVP or learn more about the event at or on the event’s Facebook page.

Local endoscopy center honored


Endoscopy Center of Western Colorado Inc. in Grand Junction is among 18 endoscopy units recently recognized by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

The society annually recognizes endoscopy centers that follow the society’s standards for quality performance, infection control and processing guidelines. All 18 honorees are members of the society.

Centers in 11 states were recognized by the society’s Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program this year, including two from Colorado. The other center recognized in Colorado is Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver.


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