Woman’s Club discusses SHIP, plans activities

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By The Staff

The Nov. 18 meeting of the Lawrenceburg Pierian Woman’s Club was highlighted by a presentation by Maggie Friel representing SHIP, the Bluegrass State Health Insurance Assistance Program.
The club’s current fundraising project is making bourbon balls and buckeyes (peanut-butter balls) for holiday gift giving.Orders are being taken until Dec. 4 for pick up or delivery Dec. 11. Packed in festive tins, bourbon balls are $12 per dozen and buckeyes are $6 per dozen.
To order, call Sue Litkenhus at 839-6659.
Holiday gifts for clients at Rainbow House were contributed by each of the club members, and plans were announced for volunteers to deliver cake and ice cream to Sunset Hill whenever a resident celebrates his birthday.
The Backpack Buddies program, which provides weekend food for needy students, was described. Food is being provided to more than 200 local schoolchildren, and contributions of food and funds are needed. Contacts are Thelma Bruce at 839-6214 or LaVerne Brumley at 839-6970.
Club members also enjoyed a talk by Allie White, Anderson County’s Junior Miss, and her interpretation of a song from Mama Mia. Joy Bozorgzad reviewed the book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Hadden and distributed copies of The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood for discussion at the Jan. 20 meeting (the club does not meet in December).
Eleven new members, many of whom joined after attending a membership tea held in September at the home of Betty Springate, were welcomed into the club. Refreshments were provided by Ann Jones and LaVerne Brumley.
Earlier this month, The club and Anderson County Humanities Council co-sponsored a lecture by MaryJean Wall, “Changing Perspectives: Turning Kentucky into Horse Country,” based on her book, How Kentucky Became Southern: A Tale of Outlaws, Horse Thieves, Gamblers, and Breeders.
SHIP assists Medicare beneficiaries to compare different supplement, advantage and prescription drug plans. The annual open enrollment period is through Dec. 31.
SHIP counselors can help individuals find the right drug plan to avoid the “donut hole” next year.
Also, the Social Security Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have announced that nearly 47,000 Kentuckians qualify for a benefit called Extra Help. This helps pay plan premiums and deductible and reduces the amount spent on medications.
Bluegrass SHIP’s service area includes Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott and Woodford counties. The program is housed with Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, a non-profit organization.
Medicare beneficiaries can call the intake line at 866-516-3051 for assistance with comparing plans or completing the Extra Help application.
Maggie Friel (839-8701) and Carol Pohlman (839-3635) are volunteer SHIP counselors in Anderson County who are happy to answer questions by telephone or arrange a meeting to assist with any Medicare issues.