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 2021 BUDGET PLAN
unprecedented challenges due to COVID- 19, we worked together to pass a state bud- get that funds key priorities and balances the deficit – without raising taxes.
With fall, and the holiday season kick- ing into full gear, it is important for each of us to remember to take time for ourselves.
This budget increases funding for our K-12 schools, helps fix our roads, protects hardworking taxpayers, is accountable to Michigan families, and helps us build a healthy economy that benefits everyone. It also proves that during national division, we can unite to solve our problems and improve our state.
Self-care is one of the single most important gifts we can give ourselves. During the last 60 days of 2020, take
some time to work on the following, and I promise you’ll feel more accomplished and refreshed heading into 2021:
• Keep a gratitude journal. The aging process is easier for some than others. Writing in a journal will help you release tension and anxiety.
The general fund budget increases local revenue sharing and fully funds the 2015 plan to help fix the state’s roads. It includes $20 million to ensure nursing homes have adequate personal protective equipment
• Spend more time in nature. During the COVID-19 season, being outside in nature has proven to be one of the safest activities for Michiganders. Consider a walking path for fresh air and exercise.
to protect staff and residents; $7 million to graduate at least 50 new state troopers and maintain trooper strength; $26 million for the Going Pro program to help train employees; and $30 million for Michigan Reconnect to help people complete an associate degree or skills certificate.
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     STATE SENATE
State Senator, John Bizon, M.D., District 19
  BARRY COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING
Delton Faith United Methodist Church
(269) 579-3918 11:00am-1pm
Friendship Center Locations:
Hastings COA Building:
(269) 948-4856 Mon-Fri 10 am-2pm
Main St. Banquets:
Woodland Eagles Club:
(517) 213-9212 Mon-Fri 10:30am-1pm
(269) 367-4041
Mon, Wed & Fri 10:30am-1pm
• Home Delivered Meals. For homebound seniors that are unable to pre- pare meals, can receive delicious meals at home. Special diets available. • Senior Center Activities including line dancing, card making, beading,
cards, bingo, and many others.
• Senior Meal Choice Dining. Restaurant-based senior dining program. • Chore Service provides minor home repair for seniors.
There are many more activities and opportunities to volunteer your time and talents! Just Call Barry County Commission on Aging for more information.
320 West Woodlawn Avenue, Hastings, MI 49058 Phone: (269) 948-4856 | Fax: (269) 948-3336 E-Mail: bccoa@barrycounty.org | www.barrycounty.org
• Try natural remedies. The healing agents that are produced from natural remedies are some of the best, and we all need to remain healthy this season.
It also invests $15 million in the Pure Michigan campaign, deposits $35 million in the state’s rainy-day fund, and provides $1.5 million for rural jobs and investments.
• Reconnect with or start a new hobby.
• Be open to connecting with loved ones
electronically this holiday season if you are unable to meet in-person. In these unprecedented times, it may be difficult to see loved ones. But you can always visit them via real-time video. It won’t replace the in-person visits that we cher- ish, but it will undoubtedly brighten your day seeing family.
We are protecting our seniors in nursing homes from COVID-19 and protecting those who protect us – our local police, firefighters, and other first responders.
Turning to state government business, the Michigan Legislature has finalized a fiscal year 2021 budget plan that balances the state’s deficit and increases invest- ments in important priorities. In the face of
Due to the governor’s extended shut- down of our economy, thousands of Michigan residents remain out of work. This budget also makes significant invest- ments to help them get back on their feet.
If you have any questions about the state budget, or any state department, please contact my office at (517) 373-2426.
 Updates on your
SOCIAL SECURITY
Vonda VanTil, Special to Senior Times
MEDICARE PART B ONLINE
For many people, signing up for Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) doesn’t require you to leave the comfort of home. Please visit our Medicare Part B webpage at secure.ssa.gov/acu/ophan- dler/loginSuccess if:
• You’re enrolled in Medicare Part A.
• You would like to enroll in Part B
You can also print form CMS-40B to enroll and CMS-L564 for employment information and fax to 1-833-914-2016, or return forms by mail to your local Social Security office. Please contact Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) for questions.
When completing the forms state, “I want Part B coverage to begin
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(MM/YY)” in the remarks section of the CMS-40B form or online.
If your employer is unable to comple Section B, please complete yourself as best you can on behalf of your employer without your employer’s signature.
 during the Special Enrollment Period.
insurance premiums paid.
• W-2s reflecting pre-tax medical
Barry County COA
WEEKLY HASTINGS ACTIVITIES MONDAYS
Painting Group, 1pm
TUESDAYS
Train Your Brain, 1pm (Not 17th)
WEDNESDAYS
Board Meeting, 2pm
Tech Appts., 12-3pm (Not the 11th)
WEDNESDAY, 21
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Submit one of the following types of secondary evidence by uploading it from a saved document:
• Income tax returns that show health
contributions.
• Pay stubs that reflect health insurance
premium deductions.
• Health insurance cards with a policy
effective date.
• Explanations of benefits paid by the
GHP or LGHP.
• Statements or receipts that reflect
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    FRIDAYS
Fall Prevention & Virtual Visits Zoom Presentation, 11am
Alzh. Caregiver Support group, 3:30pm THURS & FRI, 26-27
Meal Pick Up, 10:30-11:30am Iron Rails, 10:30am
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