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Medicare Counselors Can Help Secure Savings for Many Senior Citizens PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, June 12, 2014 9:18 AM

Area Agency on Agin 8 counselors Brandi Hesson, CIRS-A (right) and Gerry VanNoy, SWA, CIRS-A (left), are available to help seniors with Medicare questions. The stats (as of April 2014) on Medicare Extra Help stats for the AAA8 region's counties - showing number of eligible Medicare beneficiaries vs. those enrolled in the money-saving, free Medicare program (based on eligibility) are: Monroe, 3,607 eligible, 1,640 enrolled, 45.47% penetration; Noble, 2,386 eligible, 850 enrolled, 35.62% penetration; Washington, 13,587 eligible, 2,786 enrolled, 20.50% penetration. (source: cms.gov).  We appreciate your assistance in helping seniors learn more about this important Medicare program! Across the country, thousands of benefits counselors help people with Medicare find benefits that help them pay for prescriptions, health care, and other necessities.

Since 2009, benefits counselors—supported by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA)—have helped more than half a million vulnerable seniors and adults with disabilities apply for over $1.6 billion in benefits, and learn about preventive services that can help them stay healthy.

In Southeast Ohio, The Area Agency on Aging 8 (AAA8) counselors Brandi Hesson, CIRS-A, and Gerri VanNoy, SWA, CIRS-A, are professional Information and Referral (I&R) Specialists in Aging (CIRS-A).

 
Low Interest Home Repair Loans Available Through USDA PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, June 12, 2014 9:17 AM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture currently is accepting applications from homeowners in rural areas for 1 percent fixed-rate interest loans for home improvements.

“Loans of up to $20,000 for a maximum of 20 years are available,” said USDA Ohio Rural Development Underwriter Lacy Boney. “Under these terms, a $5,000 loan would have a monthly payment of just $23. Applicants must own and occupy homes in need of repairs, and they also must meet ‘very low income’ criteria.”

“Very low income” measures differ among the 18 counties serviced by USDA’s Marietta Area Office. For instance, the income limit for a four-person household in Belmont County is $27,100; in Washington County it’s $27,900; and in Fairfield and Licking Counties it’s $35,000. In Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, Vinton, Athens, Hocking, Perry, Morgan, Noble, Monroe, Guernsey, Muskingum, Harrison and Jefferson Counties, it’s $27,150. Properties must be located in rural areas. Applicants must have a stable source of income and a satisfactory credit history. To determine property eligibility, go to http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do.

 
SR 724 to Close in Two Places PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, June 12, 2014 9:11 AM

Beginning on Mon., June 9, SR 724, located in Monroe County 0.15 miles east of the Noble County line, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to allow for a landslide repair project. Weather permitting, all lanes of traffic will reopen by Wed., July 9.

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) official detour is SR 724 to SR 260 to SR 145 and back to SR 724.

Beginning Mon., June 9, SR 724, located 2.31 miles east of the junction of SR 260 in Noble County, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to allow for a bridge replacement project. Weather permitting, all lanes of traffic will reopen by Sun., August 17.

ODOT’s official detour is SR 724 to SR 260 to SR 145 and back to SR 724.

 
WNF Closes Haught Run Campground PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, June 12, 2014 9:11 AM

On June 5th, in the interest of public health and safety, the Wayne National Forest closed the Haught Run Campground in Washington County until further notice. The campground, located approximately 14 miles north of Marietta on SR 26 along the Little Muskingum River, has sustained a great deal of bank erosion.

For more information, contact Gala Goldsmith, Athens District Ranger at (740) 753-0101.

 
Farm Service Agency Announces Tree Assistance Program PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, June 05, 2014 9:29 AM

Belmont/Monroe County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Christy Collins, announced that orchardists and nursery tree growers who experienced losses from natural disasters that occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011, can sign up for the Tree Assistance Program (TAP).   Signup began Tuesday, April 15, 2014. TAP was authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 as a permanent disaster program.

TAP provides financial assistance to qualifying fruit and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters.

Eligible tree types include trees, bushes or vines that produce an annual crop for commercial purposes. Nursery trees include ornamental, fruit, nut and Christmas trees that are produced for commercial sale. Trees used for pulp or timber are ineligible.

 
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