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INA’s TURN It's that time of the year. No, I'm not talking about the holidays. It's time for our annual photo feature. And what a fun album it turned out to be!! Covering seventeen pages, it's our biggest, happiest photo feature ever! Thanks to all who took the time to share their photos. And speaking of fun - what could be better than an end-of-the year contest? Although you won't find my name listed in any of the captions, my photo is lurking about in our Friends and Family album. If you find it, you could win a prize package valued at $400! For details on how you can win, see  November was also the time for our annual convention. As noted on page 6, The Best of Times won another slew of awards. Gary and I are very grateful and honored, but the accolades are really a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our graphic designers, contributors and writers. It's their talent and commitment to excellence that brings this publication so much success. KUDOS! As we prepare to celebrate this blessed time of year, I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to YOU, our loyal readers and advertisers. My prayer is that your heart and home be filled with joy and gladness this holiday season and throughout the new year. Tina

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Feature 25 - 41 Friends, Family and Fun Photo Album

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New Coverage Medicare Rule to Take Effect in 2011 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a final rule that implements portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that provide greater access to Medicare’s coverage of preventive services. As a result of the new health reform law, beginning on January 1, 2011, people with Original Medicare will no longer have to pay a copay, coinsurance or deductible to receive preventive services that are recommended with a grade A or B by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The law does not require Medicare private health plans (also known as Medicare Advantage plans) to cover these services without cost-sharing, but many plans already do so. In addition, the rule implements an annual wellness visit, a new benefit under Medicare, for which Medicare consumers will pay nothing out of pocket. During this yearly visit, doctors can update a patient’s care plan, screen for cognitive impairments and measure height, weight and blood pressure, as well as other needed measurements based on the person’s family and medical history. Examples of Medicare-covered preventive services that will no longer require people to pay out of pocket include: screening mammographies, tests such as colonoscopies and barium enemas to screen for colorectal cancer, and Pap tests to screen for cervical cancer. A more detailed list of preventive services that will no longer require outof-pocket payments is available at http:// www.medicarerights.org/pdf/MedicareCovered-Preventive-Services-2011.pdf. The final rule also addresses payment rates to providers, and includes a cut of approximately 25 percent to Medicare Part B physician payments that are required under the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which was enacted as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

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The Uninsurable Can Now Purchase Outstanding Health Coverage by Joe Gilsoul If you are unable to obtain health care insurance because of a pre-existing condition, you may be in luck. Under the Affordable Health Care Act, as of July 1, 2010, outstanding coverage is available through the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) if you meet the following conditions: • You must be a citizen or national of the United States or lawfully present in the United States. • You must have been uninsured for at least the last six months before you apply. (Medicaid and Medicare count, so if you are on either you do not qualify. Some people now on Medicaid may go so far as to withdraw from Medicaid and apply for PCIP coverage six months later.) • You must have been denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition. Denial need not be total but may be for only one pre-existing condition. There are no limitations on your income or assets. Even a wealthy person who has been denied coverage may qualify. This insurance is basically the same plan offered to all federal employees, including members of Congress. Unlike Medicaid, which relatively few physicians accept, and Medicare, which more and more physicians are refusing to accept, PCIP is administered by GEHA, a private nonprofit company that administers the federal employee's plan. It is accepted by nearly all physicians and other health care providers, and covers a very broad range of benefits. Coverage starts within two to six weeks of your application. So, if you need a heart procedure that will cost $50,000 but you

are not able to pay for it, if you qualify for PCIP you may schedule the procedure almost immediately. The monthly rates depend on your age and are not affected by your medical condition: • Ages 0 to 34: $317 • Ages 35 to 44: $380 • Ages 45 to 54: $485 • Ages 55+: $675 The deductible for covered benefits is $2,500. After that, you pay $25 for doctor visits, $4 to $30 for most prescription drugs and 20% as a co-pay. Routine health care is free and includes screenings, check-ups, and patient counseling to prevent illnesses, disease, or other health problems. Maximum out-of-pocket costs for the deductible and copays cannot exceed $5,950 per year, presuming you stay within your insurer's network. Louisiana has two other high risk health insurance options, but seldom will either be preferable to PCIP. For additional information about this remarkable benefit, see www.healthcare. gov, and for the other Louisiana high risk plans see www.lahealthplan.org. Joe Gilsoul is an attorney with Weems, Schimpf, Gilsoul, Haines, Landry & Carmouche (A Professional Law Corporation)

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An Aspirin a Day May Keep Prostate Cancer at Bay Men with prostate cancer who take anticoagulants like aspirin in addition to radiation therapy or surgery may be able to cut their risk of dying of the disease by more than half, according to a large study presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). The study involved men with localized cancer whose disease had not spread beyond the prostate gland.

Early Menopause Linked to Future Cardiovascular Disease

Walking May Protect Your Memory Down the Road A new study published in the online issue of NeurologyÂŽ suggests that walking at least six miles per week may protect brain size and in turn, preserve memory in old age. The researchers found that those who walked the most cut their risk of developing memory problems in half.

Zap Cataracts Using a laser to take apart a lens clouded by cataracts can make the tricky eye surgery easier and more precise, doctors recently reported. The surgeons employed a laser to break up the damaged lenses before taking them out and replacing them with an artificial lens. The procedure appears to increase safety, improve precision and reproducibility, and standardizes the procedure. Surgeons at Stanford University in California reported that the new approach could make the procedure less dependent on surgical skill and allow for greater consistency. Cataracts form when the eye's lens is damaged, often aging or long-term exposure to sunlight, clouding vision. The lens is a small bag of fluid that helps focus light in the eye. The U.S. National Eye Institute says more than 1.5 million such procedures are done every year in the United States, making it the most common surgical procedure.

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Women who experience early menopause appear to have more than twice the risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease event later in life than do women who do not go through early menopause, a new study indicates. Early menopause was defined as going through menopause before age 46, either naturally or surgically through removal of both ovaries. Researchers at the University of Alabama in Birmingham noted that it is important for women to know that early menopause is a potential risk factor for cardiovascular disease so they can be mindful of modifiable risk factors, such as high cholesterol and blood pressure, by exercising and following a healthy diet. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of American women.

Not Just for the Holidays Cranberries aren’t just for the holidays. That’s because cranberries contain benzoic acid, which has been shown to inhibit the growth of lung cancer, colon cancer, and some forms of leukemia. Buy bags of cranberries now, while they are in season and at their nutritional peak, and pop them in the freezer for later. (RealAge.com)

Older Adults Watch More TV, But Enjoy It Less Older adults watch two to three times more television than younger people, but they derive much less pleasure and stress relief from it, according to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The findings came from a sample of nearly 4,000 Americans ages 15 to 98. Among reading, socializing, hobbies and other choices, television was the most popular activity in all age groups. In general, older adults tend to report feeling as happy and satisfied with life compared to younger and middle-age groups, but they watch more TV and enjoy it less than younger people do. Other studies have shown that too much TV-viewing leads to increased risk for obesity diabetes, loss of bone density and dementia. TheBestOfTimesNews.com


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Your guide to what's new and what to do for 2011

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hether you’re approaching age 65 or already enrolled in Medicare, the annual enrollment period for 2011’s Medicare plans is an important time. When it comes to prescription coverage, seniors are seeing some of the biggest changes since the Medi­care prescription benefit became avail­able in 2006. The changes - from having fewer options to premium increases to new dis­counts on brand-name drugs — are enough to make anyone’s head spin. But, seniors who don’t take the time to research their options and choose the plan that best suits their needs could leave hundreds of dollars in annual premium savings on the table. In fact, according to a recent study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, only about 10% of participants change plans annually. Staying put and not investi­gating your options, however, could impact your overall costs. But how do you know if you have the best plan already or if you should consider a different plan? Luckily, there are a few tools that can help with the decisionmaking process. But first, let’s start with the basics and what is changing this year. Getty Images

Access to private plans

Beneficiaries have access to the Medicare drug benefit, known as Part D, through private plans approved by the federal government, either through stand-alone prescription drug plans (PDPs) or Medi­ care Advantage prescription drug plans (MA-PDs). According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study in Oct. 2010, of those who purchase Part D coverage, 38% opt for stand-alone plans. Twenty-four percent are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans.

Plan options in 2011

While shopping around could save many seniors money, some beneficiaries have no option other than to find a new plan for next year. For 2011, the federal govern­ment directed insurers to eliminate dupli­ca­tive Part D prescription drug plans and plans

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with low enrollment. That means a third fewer prescription drug plans will be offered nationwide next year compared to 2010, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and many of the remaining options may come with higher premiums. And with the federal government chang­ing the way it reimburses health plans through Medicare Advantage, some insurers have quit offering their Medicare Advantage plans for next year. If your plan is no longer being offered, you may need to find alternative coverage.

Enrollment periods

Beneficiaries have a six-week annual enroll­ment period — from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31 — to pick a Part D plan for 2011. For Medicare Advantage enrollees, it is especially important to pick the right plan during that period. Unlike previous years, people enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans can no longer switch to other Medicare Advantage plans during January, February and March. However, while this “open enrollment period” will not be avail­able in 2011, after Jan. 1, enrollees can still leave their Advantage plan and go back to original Medicare.

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hole.” In addition, plans will pay 7 percent of the cost for generic drugs in the gap. This applies to drugs that are on the plan’s formulary. If they aren’t on the formulary there may be no discount, so make sure you check.

How to compare plans

Each plan has different features and each person has unique prescrip­tion needs so it’s important to find the plan that is best for you. Here are some things to keep in mind: • Cost and coverage: Plans vary in the coverage offered and how much they cost. Consider the cost of premiums and whether it includes prescription coverage while in the gap. • Pharmacy: Some plans restrict where you can use your drug plan. Deter­mine whether your desired pharmacy is included in the plan you choose. For example, new this year are some plans whose monthly premiums fall well below the average price for Part D policies. However, these lower-cost plans come with some restrictions. The copays and coinsurance for prescription drugs are lowest when using preferred pharmacies; they increase for outside pharmacies.

• Formulary changes: Insurers may change drug formularies each year. Make sure you enroll in a Part D plan that covers your medications. • Other limitations: In some cases, a plan may limit the circum­stances under which a drug is covered. Certain medications may only be cov­ered after prior authorization, after you’ve tried other drugs through a process called step therapy, or in certain doses and quantities. Comparing plans can be overwhelming, but there are easy-to-use online tools such as www.PlanPrescriber.com that can take you through a four step process to narrow down your options and identify the most costeffective plan. If you have a low income and struggle to pay for your prescription drugs, you may qualify for the Extra Help/LowIncome Subsidy (LIS) program. For more information, go to http://www.PlanPrescriber.com/medicare-part-d/extra-help/ or https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/i1020/main. html. For additional resources on Medicare, go to Medicare.gov. Though it may seem overwhelming at first, taking the time to research your best option for Medicare prescription drug coverage could really pay off.

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How to maximize your cost savings

In 2011, there are lots of changes on tap when it comes to Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans. But open enrollment is a great time to review your coverage. These DOs and DON’Ts can help ensure you are maximizing your cost savings.

DO check to ensure your medications

DON’T go on auto-pilot.

DO pay attention to the drug limita­tions

DON’T be afraid to ask

are still covered. Check your prescrip­ tion drug plan each year because insurers may change which medications are covered. You can enter your medications on websites like www.PlanPrescriber.com to see which drugs are covered and com­ pare the projected costs with other plans. in your plan. Even if your medication is on the formulary, a plan may limit the circumstances under which a drug is covered. They may only be covered after prior authorization, after you’ve tried other drugs through a process called step therapy, or in certain doses and quantities.

DO consider all your options. Medicare supplemental plans, or Medigap, have their own six-month open enrollment period, beginning the day you turn 65 and are enrolled in Medicare Part B. The enrollment period for Medicare Advantage and stand-alone prescription drug plans is Nov. 15 to Dec. 31 2010.

Many plans change cost and drug coverage annually. What worked last year for you could cost you more money this year in terms of higher prescription drug costs and other out-ofpocket expenses. for help from qualified professionals. You can get help through your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), PlanPrescriber, licensed health insurance agents who are certified to sell Medicare, family members or by calling 1-800-Medicare.

DON’T think that stable

premiums = stable coverage. Just because your premiums haven’t gone up doesn’t mean that you are getting the same plan for the same price next year.

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Holiday Ho-Hum How to banish those "bah, humbug" blues

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to ward off holiday loneliness: he holiday season is a time of happiness and l Build social connections excitement. We start to by joining a group or activity at feel it - as early as November a local senior center, communi- as homes are decorated with ty center or religious institution. lights, stores are overrun with Look for things like Wii tournashoppers and radio stations ments, craft groups, trips to are playing festive music. Of museums, and more. If you've course, the holidays can also recently lost someone close, bring on feelings of sadness, find out if there is a support or nostalgia and loneliness for bereavement group some. But I'm a for people in the same big believer in not boat (widows/widowletting those feelings ers, etc.). This can be a get the best of us tremendous comfort, no matter what the especially at this time circumstances. There of year. are so many ways to find enjoyment in l Take a class the season and bring Dr. Marion at a local university yourself some cheer. Somers or recreation center Consider these ideas

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- many offer adult education courses in the arts, music, language, cooking and more. Keeping your mind sharp and using your creative skills truly does wonders. l Volunteering is one of the best ways you can keep feeling young, vibrant and connected to others during the holidays. With my own children spread out across the country, I spent last Thanksgiving morning

peeling potatoes for a local soup kitchen in NYC. It was an incredibly rewarding and satisfying experience. l Honor the name of a loved one. Even if you're not feeling social, you can do something that holds special meaning for a loved one. This can be as simple as planting a tree in their name, sponsoring a brick at Ellis Island or making a contribution of your time or money to their favorite charity.

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What if you're feeling fine, but you're caring for an older loved one who may not be looking forward to the holidays? There are also many ways to help the elderly combat loneliness and participate in the joy of the season. While younger people are often busy running around getting gifts, making food and putting up the decorations for the holidays, elder loved ones may be lamenting past occasions when they were at a happier place in their lives. Others might not even be aware that the holidays are here. But there are a few things you can do to make your loved ones feel like they're a vital part of the holidays. l Communicate early and often. Especially if you're not going to be spending the holidays with an older relative, the sound of your voice over the phone can bring great comfort. Call them while you're trimming the tree, hanging the lights or preparing to sit down and eat so they feel included in your activities. Ask them about their plans as well. Make sure you put any grandchildren and great-grandchildren on the phone, so they can hear their voices too.

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l Send/share family photos. Old family photos can bring back fond memories and remind your loved ones of the important role they still play in your family. Create a scrapbook or photo album that you can mail or - even better - look through together in person. Include names and dates to help trigger their memory. l Include them in the festivities. If your loved one will be with you for the holidays, give them an active role. Involve them in things like wrapping the presents, chopping the nuts or beating the eggs. You could also make your elder the guest of honor who lights the candles or recites a special prayer or story if that occurs in your family. Many elderly also like to sing holiday songs - it's part of their long-term memory and can help them recall good times. Whatever your plan, it has to be something that makes your elder feel present and in the middle of things in a genuine way. Dr. Marion Somers, Ph.D., is an elder care expert and the author of Elder Care Made Easier as well as the caregiving iPhone apps Elder 411 and Elder 911.

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Exhaust your FSA balances. If you participate in employer-sponsored health care or dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs), which let you use pretax dollars to pay for eligible expenses, be sure to spend the full balance before the plan-year deadline (sometimes up to 75 or many, mid-November days into the following year); otherthrough New Year's Day wise, you'll forfeit the remaining is a blur of activity when balance. important tasks get ignored. You can use your health care Who has time to review their FSA for copayments, deductbenefits and tax paperwork ibles and medical devices (e.g., when holiday planning looms glasses, contact lenses, braces); overhead? however, effective January 1, Jason 2011, over-the-counter mediBut what if spending a few Alderman cines will only be eligible with minutes on such mundane tasks could shave hundreds of dollars off a doctor's prescription (an exception is made for your taxes? Here are a few suggestions: insulin), so you may want to stock up now. Read IRS Publication 502 for a complete list of allowable Review your 401(k). If you haven't and non-allowable expenses at www.irs.gov. already maxed out, ask your employer if you can make a catch-up contribution to Charitable contributions. If you itemize deyour 401(k), 403(b) or 457 plan before ductions this year, charitable contributions made to year's end. Most people can contribute up IRS-approved organizations by December 31, 2010, to $16,500 in 2010, plus an additional are generally tax-deductible. (See IRS Publication $5,500 if they're over 50. 78 for a complete list of organizations.) If you've got If you make pretax contributions, your extra cash now and want to lower your 2010 taxes even taxable income is reduced, which in turn further, consider moving up donations you would lowers your taxes. Plus, if your employer have made in 2011. offers matching contributions (essentially, free money), be sure to contribute at Energy tax credits. Allowable tax credits least enough to take full advantage of the for certain energy-efficient improvements to match. The "Retirement Contribution principal residences will be reduced after DecemEffects on Your Paycheck" calculator at ber 31, 2010, unless Congress votes to extend 2010 www.dinkytown.com can help estimate levels. Until then, you can claim a tax credit for 30 percent of the total cost of eligible the impact on your taxes. products purchased in 2009 and 2010, up to a maximum combined credit of $1,500 Note: The maximum 2010 contribuper household. tion to a regular or Roth IRA is $5,000 Eligible products include: biomass stoves; heating, ventilating and air condition($6,000 for those 50 and older), but you ing (HVAC) systems; insulation; roofs (metal and asphalt); windows and doors; and have until April 15, 2011. non-solar water heaters. Carefully review the Energy Star website (www.energystar.gov/ taxcredits) to make sure your purchases qualify.

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Shopping Safety Tips by Bud Bradley, Vice President of Shopping Centers at AlliedBarton Security Services (www.alliedbarton.com) As the holiday season gets into full swing, some crooks and predators are celebrating their “holiday cheer” with assorted mayhem, misdeeds and misdemeanors. Observe these tips for a safe holiday season: • Stay Alert - Thieves and predators are on the lookout for body language that conveys vulnerability. Criminals look for easy marks such as people who are preoccupied with infants or small children, on a cell phone or fumbling with packages. Walk confidently and be alert. Keep your shopping bags in your sight at all times, and don’t burden yourself with too many packages. • Don’t be Flashy – Displaying large sums of cash is a powerful lure to greedy thieves. Use checks or credit cards whenever possible and never leave your credit card on a store counter or out of your sight. Instead of signing the back of your credit card, write “See ID.” Store clerks should verify ownership of the card before processing it. • Keep Your Purse Close – Carry your purse close to your body with the clasp or flap secured and facing toward you. For safety reasons, long straps on shoulder-style bags should never be placed over the head. Never leave your purse on a store counter, or on the floor in a restroom or dressing room. • Stay Together, Shop Together – There is safety in numbers, so shopping with friends whenever possible is highly recommended. However, if you are shopping alone, ask mall security for an escort to or from your car. • Report Suspicious Activity – Report suspicious people or situations to mall security. • Collect Cash with Care – Avoid using unfamiliar ATMs when possible. ATM skimmers are devices that are deceivably placed on the ATM by thieves to access your personal information or account. Avoid this by using ATM machines inside bank lobbies, under video surveillance, that are less likely to be tampered with. Shield the keyboard as you enter your PIN and keep your card in your possession. Don’t accept help from strangers at the ATM and if the machine keeps your card, call your bank immediately. • Avoid Parking Lot Isolation – Parking lots are targeted locations for the theft of valuables from vehicles. Parking in an isolated area rolls out the welcome mat for criminals, so park near other vehicles or in high pedestrian and vehicle traffic areas. Plan your visit so that you are parked in a well lighted area during hours of darkness. You can also avoid becoming an easy target for theft by storing packages and valuables out of sight in your vehicle or placing them in the trunk. Make sure that your windows are closed and doors are locked. • Be Proactive, Be Ready – Avoid becoming an easy mark by being aware of noises and movements and having your keys in your hands, ready to open your vehicle. Be sure to look into the vehicle’s front and rear seat before entering it, and lock your vehicle as soon as you get in. If someone approaches your vehicle inquiring about directions, do not open your door or roll your window down. If you have car trouble, remain in your car and use a cell phone to call for assistance, or return to the mall and notify security. The Best Of Times

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starting immediately, changes would be made in their medical coverage. Although the million dollar lifetime limit would remain, the lifetime limit for one particular diagnosis was changing. There was now a lifetime maximum of $5,000 for benefits payable for claims related to this one particular diagnosis. Care to guess what this one particular diagnosis was? That’s right, it was the serious medical condition that Chops happened to have. No other limitations were placed on any other catastrophic illnesses. Now Chops was worried. With a Back in the late 1980’s there million dollar limit, he didn’t need to worry about paying for his health care was a fellow in Texas who out of his own pocket. But he exhausted the new $5,000 limit on coverage for worked for a music company. his illness in only 5 months. Which meant that the I’m going to call him Chops, insurance company wouldn’t pay another penny which is not his real name. ever again for any more treatment related to this Anyway, Chops had a pretty diagnosis. good job. In addition to his Seem fair to you? It didn’t to Chops. So salary, he also got some nice benLee he sued. The case went all the way up to the efits, including health insurance. But his health insurance had a Aronson United States Supreme Court. The result: “an employer has an absolute right to alter cap: the absolutely positively most the insurance would pay for medical the terms of medical coverage available to plan beneficiaries.” Chops was out of luck. care over Chop’s lifetime was one million And that was the law of the land for the dollars. That’s not something Chops was next 20 some odd years. But due to a new worried about. After all, a million dollars law that just went into effect, not any is a lot of money. He wasn’t even worried when he got di- more. Before this new law, many agnosed with a serious medical condition. health plans set a dollar limit on what they would spend for your He went to his employer and told them covered benefits during the entire everything about his diagnosis in March time you were enrolled in that 1988. Chops followed his doctor’s orders plan: otherwise known as a lifetime and was able to continue to work. But in limit or lifetime cap. But under this new July 1988, the Music Company informed law, The Affordable Care Act, lifetime limits or its employees, including Chops, that

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caps on health insurance are almost always illegal. Chops would have been pleased. And while I’m on the subject of insurance, I want to tell you about a recent case that involved my old High School. I went to private school in New Orleans. As you can imagine, a private high school has to have a lot of different kinds of insurance. And one of the types of insurance my old high school had was something called a Business Income insurance policy. The way these policies work is if something happens to temporarily shut down your business, like a fire, then the insurance will pay you your lost profit while the business is shut down. In my high school’s case, the something that happened to shut them down was Hurricane Katrina. “The school suffered major damage to its physical structure, which caused the school to be closed for over 2 months. As a result, [the school] suffered a very substantial loss of tuition revenue/income for the school year 2005-2006, totaling approximately [three million dollars.]” So the school asks the insurance company to pay up. The insurance company refused because the Business Income insurance policy the school bought had a $350,000 limit. Because my alma matter felt $350,000 was inadequate to cover three million dollars in lost profit, they sued the insurance company, arguing that no one told them that there was a $350,000 cap on their insurance. They argued that their insurance agent should have told them about the cap and should have advised the school that the amount of insurance it had purchased was not sufficient and should have recommended that they buy more. In the end, the Louisiana Supreme Court held that the school was wrong when it argued that no one told them about the $350,000 limit because it was clearly stated in the written policy. And although the school “was grossly underinsured for the extraordinary loss of tuition income caused by the hurricane…it is not the agent’s responsibility to advise a client that it is underinsured; instead, it is well settled that the necessary coverages are best determined and calculated by the insured.” Lee Aronson is an attorney with Legal Services of North Louisiana. His practice areas include consumer protection law, housing law and health care law. The Best Of Times

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Custody Disputes Involving Parents versus Nonparents

The parent of the child is always given preference. In reading the comments under Article 133, the courts have interpreted that a parent has a paramount right to raise their child. This right rises to a constitutional right of the parent to raise the child. In order to take a child from a parent, evidence must shown that the child remaining with the parent would result in substantial harm to the child. According to the cases listed in the comments In the last few weeks, I have under Article 133, the evidence must show two had several custody cases involvfactors in order that a child ing parents versus nonparents. be removed from a parent Most of these situations involve and given to a nonparfamily members who are trying ent. The first factor that to get custody of a child from a must be shown is that parent who is not fit to raise the substantial harm would child. The nonparent may be Judge result to the child if a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or Jeff Cox they remained in the even cousins. In a few of these custody of the parent. cases, I have had an unrelated person According to the cases listed in seeking to gain custody from a parent. In the comments under Article 133, looking at these cases, the Louisiana Civil substantial harm can be shown by Code provides guidance. neglect of the parent, behavior of the child when they are with the parent, home of the parent, Louisiana Civil Code and fitness of the parent to raise the child and provide for the child’s education. If substantial harm can Article 133 states: be shown, then the next factor must be considered. If an award of joint custody or of The next factor which has to be considered is the environment of the nonparent and sole custody to either parent would whether placing the child with the nonparent is in the best interest of the child. The nonparent has to provide the child with a wholesome and stable environment. In other result in substantial harm to the words, the nonparent must be providing the child with all the things a parent should be child, the court shall award custody providing the child. These things include but are not limited to education, extracurricuto another person with whom the lar activities, church, adequate meals, and adequate living arrangement. If the person seeking custody is a nonparent, they have a tough legal battle to prove that they are in a better position to raise a child over a parent. Our law gives the paramount right to parents to raise their children, even if they are marginal in their ability to raise the child and another person may do a better job. Nonparents need to give strong consideration when seeking custody of a child where a parent is involved due to the nature of the law written in this area. Judge Jeff Cox is the 26th Judicial Court Judge for Bossier/ Webster Parishes, Division C.

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Standing Tall: What Women Need to Know about Spinal Fractures When you think of women’s health issues, spinal fractures probably don’t come to mind. But they should. These common fractures can not only be disfiguring, but deadly. Spinal fractures are the most common osteoporotic fracture; over 900,000 spinal fractures occur every year in the United States alone, according to industry estimates and research. They occur more often than hip fractures in any one year. They also increase the risk of death. Unlike a hip fracture, the risk of death following a spinal fracture (link to: http://www.spinalfracture.com) continues to increase progressively, so it is important to treat spinal fractures soon after they occur. Sadly, only about one third of these fractures ever receive medical attention. The main cause of spinal fractures is osteoporosis, which silently robs you of the density in your vertebrae — bones we often take for granted. Think of the vertebrae in your spine as a stack of square building blocks with mesh interiors. Osteoporosis causes the mesh architecture inside the blocks to deteriorate, eventually causing micro-fractures. As micro-fractures accumulate, the blocks become weaker and less able to resist the stresses we expect them to handle. Many times, what seems like very minor stress can cause fractures and the vertebrae to collapse, which causes the vertebrae to become compressed. You may notice you are getting shorter, and gradually you will notice a curving forward of your spine. This is called kyphosis. Besides loss of height, some other changes occurring in your body might be due to spinal fractures. Do your clothes not quite fit right? Are you developing a “tummy” that you never had? Do you eat less because you get full so fast? Are you short of breath from small exertions? With spinal fractures, what was once a nice sturdy compartment for your internal organs gradually becomes smaller and smaller, compressing your stomach, lungs and digestive tract. The compression keeps your lungs from expanding fully, makes your heart work harder and your entire digestive track is pushed forward between your ribs and hips. Spinal fractures can occur spontaneously or from the minimal stress of day-to-day activities. Sometimes there is no pain and the fracture goes unnoticed, but sometimes there is extreme pain. For Marian Williams, 80, of Salem, Va., it was both spontaneous and very painful. As she was walking down the stairs in her home, “It felt like something slipped in my back. It started hurting right away, and the pain quickly became unbearable. I couldn’t do anything. Even when I was lying down or sitting down, it hurt,” she said. “It hurt to move. It hurt to

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breathe. I never had pain like that before. It was excruciating.” Marian was admitted to the hospital and referred to Dr. Van Lewis, a neuroradiologist in nearby Roanoke, who recommended a minimally invasive surgery known as KYPHON (R) Balloon Kyphoplasty. During this procedure, two tiny incisions are made in the back and balloons are inserted through small tubes into the fractured bone. The balloons are then carefully inflated in an attempt to raise the collapsed bone. The balloons are then removed, creating cavities in the bone that are filled with bone cement. A clinical study has shown that those who undergo this procedure experience improved quality of life, faster back pain relief and quicker return of physical function than patients who opt for non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy or pain medication. The benefits were sustained on average throughout 12 months. While spinal fractures may be associated with mortality, no data exists currently to show that KYPHON Balloon Kyphoplasty improves the mortality rate. The complication rate with KYPHON Balloon Kyphoplasty has been demonstrated to be low. There are risks associated with the procedure (e.g., cement leakage), including serious complications, and though rare, some of which may be fatal. This procedure is not for everyone. A prescription is required. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, contraindications, benefits, and risks. Only you and your physician can determine whether this procedure is right for you. Three days after being admitted to the hospital, Marian was treated with balloon kyphoplasty. “When I woke up from the surgery, they took me back to my room and told me to lie flat for two hours ... the excruciating pain was gone,” Marian said. Marian no longer has excruciating back pain and is back to her regular activities, which include lifting light weights, using the weight machines and taking low-impact aerobic classes at her gym three times a week. For a free, informational packet on KYPHON Balloon Kyphoplasty, potential patients and physicians can call [phone number to be inserted here]. More information about spinal fractures can be found on the Internet at www.spinalfracture.com (link to: http://www.spinalfracture. com/) or www.kyphon.com. (link to: http://www.kyphon.com/us/home. aspx) or by writing to Medtronic, Inc., 1221 Crossman Ave., Sunnyvale, CA, 94089. KYPHON Balloon Kyphoplasty incorporates technology developed by Dr. Gary K. Michelson.

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Castles by Andrea Gross (www.andreagross.com)

Photos:(left and bottom) Christmas at the Biltmore Estate courtesy of Biltmore Company. (Right) Christmas at Hearst Castle, photo courtesy Hearst Castle®/California State Parks

have a hard time imagining what I’d do with a 175,000 square foot home — or even with a relatively small 60,645 square foot home. (For comparison’s sake, the average new home in the United States is 2,500 square feet.) But then, I’m not a Vanderbilt or a Hearst. Their homes — The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC and the aptly named Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA — are among the largest homes in the United States, and at Christmas they are opulent, outrageous and — in these recessionary times — overthe-top. The Biltmore Estate It’s not easy to impress relatives, especially when their last name is Vanderbilt. But young George III — grandson of Cornelius, the great railroad tycoon — managed to do just that when he invited his family to Christmas Eve dinner back in 1895. His relatives traveled by private railway from New York to the then-small town of Asheville, North Carolina. There amid the mountains of southern Appalachia, George welcomed them to his new home, a luxurious estate that

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rivaled the grandest French chateaux. His niece, Gertrude, was appropriately awed. “I have seldom enjoyed a place so much,” she reportedly exclaimed. Of course, even without Christmas glitter, the estate is statistically and artistically staggering: • The mansion, the largest in the United States, is more than three times the size of the White House, and the grounds are more than nine times the size of New York’s Central Park. • The 250 rooms, about a third of which are open to the public, include 65 fireplaces, 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms,

three kitchens, an indoor bowling alley and a heated swimming pool. • More than 50,000 objects of art are on display, including paintings by Renoir and Whistler and several 16th-century Flemish tapestries. Now add to this the Christmas stats: nearly 100 decorated Christmas trees, ranging from a small, tabletop model to a 35-foot Fraser fir that sits in the sevenstory Banquet Hall; more than 1,000 wreaths and bows; 1,450 poinsettias, miles of evergreen garlands and, according to floral displays manager Cathy Barnhardt, “bazillions of ornaments.” This year the giant fir will be laden with child-pleasing decorations, including dolls, tops and even tricycles and toy trains. This is designed to reflect those early Christmases when the Vanderbilts hosted massive family-friendly Christmas parties for their employees and gave a present to each child who lived on the estate. While Vanderbilt was most concerned with his own home, he also wanted to provide livable space for his workers. In 1889 he purchased property near the estate, tore down the dilapidated buildings and built a planned TheBestOfTimesNews.com


community in which all streets radiated out fan-shape from the focal point, All Souls Church. Biltmore Village was incorporated as a town in 1893, two years before Vanderbilt moved into his own mansion. The first weekend in December the Village ushers in the holiday season by turning on thousands of lights. Strolling vocalists and instrumentalists — all dressed in turn-of-the-century costumes — offer free entertainment. Vanderbilt would have like that and, I must admit, so do I! (www.biltmore.com/ Reservations advised.)

Hearst Castle Some 2500 miles away and several decades later, another American tycoon began building an equally extravagant mansion, this one a Spanish style extravaganza designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan. William Randolf Hearst, the mega media mogul, took 28 years to finish his estate in San Simeon, California. It included one main house, three guesthouses, two pools, several tennis courts, 127 acres of gardens, and a zoo that contained more than 300 animals including zebras, kangaroos and yaks. (The zoo and one swimming pool have since been dismantled.) Many of Hollywood’s biggest stars visited regularly, especially during the holidays. Hearst had the house decorated lavishly during the Christmas season, with huge trees laden with handmade garlands, brilliant poinsettias and elaborate ornaments. Today photos of Hearst’s holiday parties are used to recreate that festive atmosphere from mid-November through December. After Hearst’s death, the family gave the property to the State of California. It has since been deemed a State Historical Monument and is run by the Park Service, which has set up six different tours. I opt for the Evening Tour, when docents dress in period costumes and lights sparkle on the trees. The feeling is magical, and I can almost hear Bing Crosby crooning “White Christmas.” I feel as if — in more ways than one — I’m spending Christmas amongst the stars. (www.hearstcastle.org/ Reservations advised.)

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“Amos Walker: The Complete Story Collection” by Loren D. Estleman ©2010, Tyrus Books, $32.95, 600 pgs You’ve got your week all planned out. There’s a detective show on Mondays. Two on Tuesdays, both at the same time (you’ll record one). Wednesdays, there are two of them back-toback. There’s just one you want to watch on Thursday and Friday each, which leaves the weekend to catch up on repeats and the occasional odd cop show. What can you say? You’re a fan. Dying for a decent detective drama? Then shut off the TV and grab “Amos Walker: the Complete Story Collection” by Loren D. Estleman. If you think CSI is the B-E-S-T, just you wait… In 1980, author Loren D. Estleman introduced Private Investigator Amos Walker to the world. Walker is smart but he makes mistakes. He has a sarcastic wit that crooked cops

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and criminals rarely catch. And he has a knack for solving the worst crimes committed in and around Detroit. In celebration of Walker’s 30th “anniversary”, Estleman pulls together every one of his Amos Walker stories, and he gives fans a brand-new one. In “Needle”, an old man with a faded tattoo on his forearm shoots a young intruder lurking in his back yard. When Walker arrives, he finds a tattoo on the corpse’s face: a newly-gotten swastika. It’s a clear case of a homeowner protecting his property, until Walker aimlessly pages through a photo album. Redline Records’ Sheilah Sorrell is in trouble and she won’t say why, but her friend Ansel Albany knows it must be big so he calls his old pal Amos Walker. Sheilah is no more forthcoming to Walker than she is to Albany, but in “Deadly Force”, Walker knows she’s being smacked around by her boyfriend, Ronnie Madrid. When Madrid shows up dead, Sheilah sings a different tune. And when Max the Seeing Eye dog is stolen, his owner grieves. Max was not

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Maple Rib Roast 6 to 8 servings 5 pound rib roast, bone-in Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup maple syrup 1/3 cup Dijon mustard 2 Tbs. fresh rosemary, finely chopped 2 Tbs. fresh thyme, finely chopped 2 Tbs. freshly ground black pepper Ready-made bordelaise sauce Rosemary sprig for garnish Preheat oven to 400°F. Place roast, with bones side up, in roasting pan. Using a knife, make incisions in the fat. Season entire surface with salt and pepper. Cover ends of bones with aluminum foil. In bowl, combine maple syrup and mustard, and baste roast with mixture. In another bowl, combine herbs and pepper, then season entire roast. Roast for 30 minutes. Reduce temperature to 300°F and cook for another 2 hours until the meat is done, but still rare (around 135°F). Wrap roast in aluminum foil and let sit for 10 minutes prior to carving. Garnish with rosemary. Serve with bordelaise sauce and Maple Caramel­ized Vegetables.

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Pumpkin & Maple Syrup Mini Tarts 6 mini tarts 6 3-inch unbaked, mini tart crust shells 1 egg 1 cup pumpkin purée 1/3 cup maple syrup 1/8 tsp. ground ginger 1/8 tsp. ground cloves ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg ½ ts. ground cinnamon ½ cup whipping cream Maple syrup to taste Preheat oven to 375°F. In bowl, beat egg with pumpkin purée and maple syrup. Add spices and cream. Mix well to obtain a consistent mixture. Pour mix­ture into crust shells. Bake in center of oven for 15 minutes, or until pump­kin mixture is firm. Whip cream with a splash of maple syrup (to taste) until stiff. Serve tarts hot or cold with a garnish of whipped cream, and sprinkle with maple sugar.

Maple Caramelized Vegetables 6 to 8 servings 2 medium carrots, peeled 2 medium parsnips, peeled 1 sweet potato, peeled 1 fist-size celery root, peeled 1 zucchini 1 tablespoon butter ¼ cup maple syrup ½ cup broiled whole pecans Salt and pepper, to taste Pieces of maple sugar, to taste Cut vegetables into julienne strips and steam all, except for zucchini, for 5 minutes. Add zucchini strips and steam for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat. Melt butter in frying pan. Add maple syrup and cook for 1 minute while stirring. Add vegetables and coat in maple sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Serve vegetables with broiled pecans. Sprinkle with maple sugar pieces, if desired.

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Get Up & Go! Be The Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous Traveling Exhibition - Through January 5. Sci-Port Discover Center, Corner of Lake St. and Clyde Fant Parkway on the Shreveport riverfront. Tuesday - Friday*: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m; Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: Noon - 6 p.m. Go beyond looking at dinosaur fossils and actually have the opportunity to become a dinosaur! Explore the mysteries and theories of dinosaur behavior in an detailed environment so detailed that digital winds carry virtual odors and photorealistic flora grow. (318) 424-3466. www.sciport.org. Senior 60+ discount available.

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Exhibit

The Making of...The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - Through Jan. 29. artspace, 710 Texas St. in downtown Shreveport. Monday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Tuesday thru Friday 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 12 - 5. For more info call (318) 673-6535 or visit artspaceshreveport.com.

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Bring the family for Hands-On Art. Every Saturday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and December 27 - 30 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. artspace, 710 Texas Street in downtown Shreveport. $7

Forum

Dementia & Alzheimer's Forum - Presented by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center’s (PBRC) Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention. Tuesday, December 7. 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Seating and exhibits will be available at 4:30 p.m. Summer Grove Baptist Church, 8924 Jewella Road, Shreveport. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Register early at idrp.pbrc.edu or call 1-877-276-8306.

Genealogy

“The GENCOM Genealogy/Computer Group will have their monthly meeting Sunday, December 5 at 2:00 at the

Hamilton Branch of the Shreve Memorial Library, 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport. The program for the meeting will be “Producing a Family History Portfolio: A Few Features of Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat” presented by Philip Adderley, Certified Genealogist. The meeting is free and open to the public. For information call 318-773-7406.”

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Christmas in Roseland - Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays through December19 . 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. American Rose Center, just off I-20, Exit 5 in Shreveport, LA. $5 per person or $20 per carload. Ages 2 and younger are free. Purchase tickets online at www.christmasinroseland.org. Tour of Trees - December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19; January 1 and 2. 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. Tower at the Oaks, 600 E. Flournoy Lucas Rd, Shreveport. Residents and staff invite you to enjoy a walking tour through this holiday wonderland. Reserve tour time by calling 212-8225 or request your tour time at oaksofla.com. No charge.

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Christmas party - Saturday, December 11, 2010, from 6:00 p.m., until 11:00 p.m., at the American Legion Hall located at 5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana. Entertainment provided by A.J. Cascio and The Two Tone Band. Buffet dinner. Turkey, Dressing and Ham provided. Members and guests are asked to bring a casserole, covered dish or des-

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Movie

Silver Screenings Matinee and Luncheon for Seniors - "An Affair to Remember" starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. Dec. 14. 10:30 a.m. Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas in downtown Shreveport.. $5.75 for the film only; $14 for film and lunch. Call (318) 459-4122 to RSVP.

Music

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra "Holday Pops" - Saturday, December 18. 7:30 p.m. at Riverview Theatre on Clyde Fant Parkway in downtown Shreveport. Single Ticket Prices: $42, $37, $27 Adults; $17- Students Call 318-227-8863 for tickets. www.shreveportsymphony.com Night of Praise - Presented by Price Harris Ministries. January 7 at 6:30 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church, 9333 Linwood Ave., Shreveport. Guy Hovis and Aaron Wilburn. Choir from Rose Park Baptist Church. The Needham's and The Allen Family. NO CHARGE. Nena Wideman Piano Competition Sponsored by the Shreveport Symphony Guild and hosted at the Hurley School of Music on the Centenary College campus. Preliminaries: December 3, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and December 4, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Semifinals are Sunday, December 5, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Finals: Concert with Shreveport Symphony Orchestra at First Baptist Church, Shreveport on January 8 at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Contributions accepted at the door for the final round.

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Hospice Care Providers LifePath Hospice (318) 222-5711 lifepathhospicecare.com

Vantage Health Plans (888) 823-1910 vhpla.com

Medical KYPHON Balloon Kyphoplasty (877) 459-7466 kyphon.com

Physician Services Dr. Gary Booker (318) 227-9600 jgarybookermd.com Mid South Orthopaedics (318) 424-3400 Pierremont Eye Institute (318) 212-3937 shelbyeye.com Vision – Source Dr. Larry Chism (888) 243-2020 visionsource-longview.com

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Psychiatric Care Brentwood Hospital (318) 678-7500 psychiatricsolutions_ brentwood.com Red River Behavioral Center (318) 549-2033

Radio Stations AM 1130 KWKH 96.5 KVKI Townsquare Media Radio Station (318) 688-1130 kwkhonline.com

Senior Living Options Azalea Estates Assisted Living (318) 797-2408 azaleaestates.com Horizon Bay Assisted Living (318) 747-2114 horizonbay.com

NurseCare of Shreveport (318) 221-1983 nursecareofshreveport.com Southwood Gardens Apartments (318) 682-4022 Southwood Square Apartments (318) 671-1888 Summerfield Estates (318) 688-9525 holidaytouch.com

Spas/Skin Care/Hair Care Jeany Mitchell’s Skin Technology (318) 347-3567 Sam Stroope, Hairstylist (318) 868-8708

Telephone Book User-Friendly Phone Book (318) 865-1280 www.shreveport247.com

Kingsley Place of Shreveport (318) 524-2100 emeritus.com

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Why Humana Gold Plus is my Medicare plan. ®

“I think my favorite thing with Humana is that I have so much flexibility within the confines of an HMO… because we have such a huge selection of providers.” Bill L. – Humana Gold Plus (HMO) Louisiana member Come to a free information session to find out more: Monroe Catfish Cabin 1400 Louisville Ave. Dec. 1, 15 & 29 11 a.m.

Bossier City Ryan’s – Bossier City 2400 Airline Hwy. Dec. 7 & 15 10 a.m.

Bastrop Granny’s Country Cooking Restaurant 1713 E. Madison Dec. 9 & 23 at 11 a.m.

Shreveport Johnny’s Catfish & Seafood 5130 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 2 p.m.

Minden Cissie’s Exacta Inn 1404 Sibley Rd. Dec. 7 & 21 9 a.m.

West Monroe Wingate Inn & Suites 228 Blanchard St. Dec. 13 & 27 3 p.m.

Shreveport Piccadilly Cafeteria 1133 St. Vincent Ave. Dec. 2 & 16 11 a.m.

West Monroe Granny’s Country Cooking Restaurant 2400 Cypress St. Dec. 7 & 21 11 a.m.

Call today to reserve your seat:

1-800-219-7542 (TTY: 711) 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week

A health plan with a Medicare contract. A sales person will be present with information and applications. The benefit information provided herein is a brief summary, but not a comprehensive description of available benefits. For more information contact the plan. For accommodation of persons with special needs at sales meetings, call 1-800-219-7542, (TTY: 711), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. H1951_GHA0B60HH File & Use 10202010 The Best Of Times

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*There are several plans to choose from and all of these benefits may not be available in every Vantage Medicare Advantage plan. Vantage Health Plan is a health plan with a Medicare Advantage contract. You may be eligible to enroll in a Vantage Medicare Advantage plan if you reside in our service area and are currently entitled to Medicare Part A and enrolled in Part B. The benefit information provided herein is a brief summary, but not a comprehensive description of available benefits. Benefits, premiums, and co-payments/coinsurance amounts may change on January 1, 2012. For more information, contact Vantage at (888) 823-1910 or TTY (866) 524-5144, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. H5576_4002_01_CY11 FILE&USE 10/15/2010 VHP429

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