Health Briefs, July 6, 2010

Hospice plans volunteer info session

Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado will host a volunteer information session for people interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities in the Grand Valley.

A session will be from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Thursday in room 301 at the Hospice office, 2754 Compass Drive, in Grand Junction.

Volunteer positions are available for in-patient and family support, the Heirlooms for Hospice Resale Shop and the Tanglewood Society gardening club.

Refreshments will be provided. For information or to sign up, call Judy Ray at 623-8816 or go to http://www.hospicewco.com.

State to run pre-existing condition plan

A new Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan will offer coverage to uninsured Americans unable to obtain health coverage because of a pre-existing health condition.

The plan will provide a new health coverage option for Americans who have been uninsured for at least six months, have been unable to get health coverage because of a health condition and are a U.S. citizen or are residing in the United States legally.

Colorado will run its own pre-existing condition insurance program, using $90 million in federal funding made available under the Affordable Care Act and building on its experience running the state-based “high risk” program CoverColorado, which provided coverage to 8,543 individuals in 2009.

Created under the Affordable Care Act, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan is a transitional program offered until 2014, when insurers will be banned from discriminating against adults with pre-existing conditions, and individuals and small businesses will have access to more affordable private insurance choices through new competitive exchanges.

In 2014, members of Congress also will purchase their insurance through exchanges.

Pancreatic cancer awareness targeted

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will sponsor a 5K walk through Montrose to promote awareness and to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research.

PurpleStride Western Slope 2010 will be Aug. 21. Registration will be at 8 a.m. The walk starts at 9 a.m. The event costs $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 5–12.

To register, go to http://www.purplestride.org. The walk will begin and end at the intersection of Pavilion Drive and Niagra Road.

To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Western Slope affiliate, go to http://www.pancan.org.


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