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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 715 COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE There are ways Medicare recipients can prevent fraud It's an unfortunate truth, but health care fraud drives up costs for everyone in the health care system. Fraud schemes often depend on identity thieves getting hold of people's Medicare numbers. So guard your Medicare number. Treat it as you would a credit card. Fraud prevention tips What can you do to protect yourself from health care fraud? Here are some tips: - Don't share your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by phone, email, or by approaching you in person, unless you've given them permission in advance. WHERE I STAND call you uninvited and tryto ....................................... sell you a product or service. DAVID SAYEN REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR MEDICARE Medicare will NEVER contact you and ask for your Medicare number or other personal information. - Tell your friends and neighbors to guard their Medicare number. - Don't ever let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare number. - Review your Medicare Summary Notice to be sure you and Medicare are only . being charged for services you actually received. - Be wary of salespeople who knock on your door or gave them permission. -- they just need your - There are no "early bird Medicare number to confn'm. - Don't accept items discounts" or "limited time Decline politely, but fLrmly. received through the marl offers" for Medicare plans. Remember: it's not rude tobe that you didn't order. You - Don't let anyone rush you shrewd! should refuse the delivery to enroll by claiming youIf you suspect a health care and/or return it to the sender, need to "act now for the best fraud, report it by calling Keep a record of the sender's deal." 800-633-4227. You can learn name and the date you Be skeptical of free gifts, more about protecting returned the items, free medical services, yourself from health care discount packages or any fraud by visiting Tips on open-enrollment offer that sounds too good to Medicare.gov or by Fraudsters often surface be true. contacting your local Senior during Medicare's open - Any promotional items Medicare Patrol. enrollment season, which you're offered to enroll in a SMP is a wonderful, runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. So Medicare plan must be worth nonprofit organization. It's if you're planning to enroll in no more than $15. And these made up of highly trained a Medicare Part C health plan items can't be given on the volunteers who teach others (Medicare Advantage) or Part condition that you enroll in a about health care fraud. SMP D prescription drug plan: plan. volunteers show Medicare - Be suspicious of anyone A common ploy of identityand Medicaid i:ecipients how who contacts you about thieves is to say they can. send to protect against, detect and Medicare plans unless you you your free gift right away report fraud. The volunteers are seniors and professionals such as doctors, nurses, accountants, investigators, law enforcement personnel, attorneys and teachers. SMP is dedicated to the idea that working with healthcare users to prevent fraud will help protect our citizens' health as well as the Medicare and Medicaid programs. To fmd the SMP in your state, go to the SMP Locator at smpresource.org. David Sayen is Medicare's regional administrator for Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Territories. You can always get answers to your Medicare~ questions by calling 800-633-422Z Here are eight keys that will help make your life better The world in general can WHERE I STAND Halloween through New be a dim place. However, Year's is a big health mess-up here are eight keysto making GLENN MOLLETrE period for many. So now is life better. SYNDICATED COLUMNIST the time to beware. Key one - Learn new skills. Key three - Save money. Education and training are a This is very difficult to do if part of life. Do not embrace opportunities you can you are living on a meager the "I am stuck" mentality. complete in less than a year: income. Even putting a few You can teach old dogs new Keep learning, dollars away each week or tricks. Key two - Live healthy. Amonth might save you when Education does not long life is never guaranteed an emergency arises. Having necessarily mean college no matter rhat we do. Wea little money on hand to pay although it may. There are can at least do our part by not cash for something instead of many trades you can learn being stupid. Daily activity using credit will be a relief. today via serf-study, and cutting back on food Key four - Live enjoyably. Community college and portions are important. Allow yourself to do vocational schools also offer Eliminate smoking and drink something every day that you a lot of learning only in moderation, can really get into. This may be simply reading, listening inside. Don't be negative or factor in bringing about to music or could be a myriad bitter about life. Allow community and society of hobbies. Enjoy your life. yourseifto laugh. Enjoy some change, which impacts your Key five- Have a plan. humor along the way. life greatly. Work toward something. Key seven - Real There is never one silver Have something to look relationships. You need abullet for making our lives forward to. friend or two. Close happy. We can't depend on Involve your mind in a relationships whether they the government or even project or projects that keep are family or friends give us people to make us happy. We you focused each day on real people to share life with. have to take responsibility moving forward toward You probably aren't going to for ourselves and do the best accomplishing something, f'md these on social media. Be we can with the lives we have This could be as easy as careful of too many because a been handed. cleaning out the garage or person of too many friends making a quilt. Have will soon come to ruin. Glenn Mollette is an American something you are doing Key eight - Always vote. Syndicated Columnist and today and tomorrow. Sounds out of place in this Author. He is the author of eleven Key six - Stay bright on the column, but it's a major books and read in all]'lfty states. LETTERS .to the EDITOR Guidelines -for letters All letters must contain an address and phone number. Only one letter per week per person will be published; only one letter per person per month regarding the same topic will be~ublished. Feather Publishing does not print third-p&rty, anonymous or open letters. Letters must not exceed 300 words. Writers responding to previously published letters may not mention the author by name. The deadline is Friday at 3p.m.; deadlines may change due to holidays. Letters may be submitted at any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or emailed to dmalonald@plumasnaos.oo Rec. district lacks leadership To my knowledge, reporter Susan Jacobson attended her first ever Eastern Plumas Recreation District board meeting on Oct. 28. I did not know she was there. She didn't interview me afterwards. Yet, somehow, she discerned and wrote that I have been harassing members of the board. On the contrary. Fact is, I get harassed at just about every meeting by the board chairman because he knows that I do not agree with his leadership of the district. Had Ms. Jacobsen attended regularly and interviewed us all, she might not have believed his erroneous accusations and those of two other directors and she would have written a more well-rounded story about the ongoing issues of the district. Like, we haven't gotten to any new business in four months. We have never been audited to my knowledge and when I arrived there were no fmancials and no treas'urer. The Ski Bowl contract with the State of California, a 10 year,contract, will be up in September of 2018. Under the current leadership, frankly, nothing seems to be getting done. After two years on the board, I admit that frustration has set in on my part. Currently, there is no plan in place to get the Ski Bowl constructed and completed by that date, which can only point to faulty leadership. A well-rounded story would have found that the board chairman discourages new directors .from collaborating new ideas. What was not reported is the board finally voted unanimously to allow county counsel permission to proceed to help us address the various Brown Act and Public Records Act violations and other major issues needed to move the district forward. AndSwe all " ' agreed to fund the audit. If citizens want a recreation district and the Ski Bowl project fmished, I encourage and invite the public to attend our heated debates and please get involved. Mimi Garner Graeagle Global warming Among the letters last week was one that mentioned a scientist who "will demonstrate that human emissions of C02 have already saved life on our planet .... " Well I think we should recognize this accomplishment, let's invite him to visit and make him the guest of honor at a special dinner. We could serve Dungeness crab. Oh no, that wouldn't work; this year's record-high ocean temperatures have promoted the growth of a toxin in algae, which produces a neurotoxin in the crab. Wouldn't want to serve that to a special guest, or to anyone. Salmon might make a better entr6e. Then again, on second thought, the spawning survival rate on the west coast is way down due to the four-year drought combined with higher water temps. Warmer water doesn't carry suffmient oxygen to aid survival of newly hatched salmon. Maybe there are enough Eagle Lake Trout to make a special meal. Sorry, but that lake is at an 80-year low; what few trout are left are likely to be running (or swimming) scared. Well I sure hope your eminent scientist can isolate the cause and remedy the situation soon, this menu planning is getting complicated, Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills Drastic action After the first rains and snow the Portola City Council took drastic action to abate a real public nuisance from the fire that leveled almost an entire block in our historic "Old Town." With past experience, like the old hospital emergency, action should have been taken immediately after the ashes settled. To date there has been no response to letters addressed to the property owner. The city is unsure if there is-insurance coverage. It is unsure if asbestos and other hazardous materials are present. It is unsure of the cost of the clean-up and how the city will be reimbursed in a timely manner as it contracts out the abatement without competitive bidding. Historically, the abatement of public nuisances have taken long periods of time and expense when the owner has been non-responsive. In the City of Portola "public nuisances" have included not only valid public nuisances but also private nuisances and attractivenuisances. This policy provided work for the community services officers but added an additional burden on the sheriff. At this time the city does not have a community services officer or a contract with the sheriffto provide additional services like enforcing our municipal codes. If the city is to act as the Bank of Portola it needs to insure the best use of public funds. The winter is setting in and the potential problem of hazardous materials getting 3nto the river prompted the council to take drastic action. Further action needs to begin with negotiating a re-payment agreement with the property owner if he is uninsured. It is a great public relations opportunity for the city to acquire commercial property for redevelopment and assist the property owner to fulfill his responsibilities. Larry F. Douglas Portola Supporting terrorists Maybe we can't change today's global maladies but at least perhaps we can know the truth. We are not being told the truth about Syria and the Assad government. The mainstream media does not air the pleas to the western world by the Syrian common people to stop sending jihadis and backing the "rebels" through our CIA. The Syrian Army has identified terrorist mercenary fighters from over eighty countries who have been called to jihad in Syria. Please consider the plight of the Syrian people and understand that their country has been marked for destruction just as Libya and Iraq were. If you support The Obama administration's policy toward Syria you are ..... supporting the terrprists of the worst kind. Recently Russia went into Syria and made some nice progress wiping ISIS targets off the map. Wouldn't it figure, we sent John McCain's CIA-backed rebels munitions to counter Russia's efforts. In other words, we are supporting ISIS and we are supporting terrorists on jihad in Syria. I'm not proud to be an American when most people could give a hoot about the plight of millions in other countries as a result of our shared "helplessness." "Ah, there's nothing I can do." Well maybe. But at least we could get an attitude. Show the world that the common people of America don't support our government backing terrorists and devastating people of sovereign nations. That attitude starts by knowing the truth first. Robert Milne Clio Friendships should withstand opinions When friends whom I have known for decades suddenly turn a cold shoulder, I am reminded that our shared humanity remains when our present political passions have become long-forgotten history. There was a time when citizens could disagree in philosophy and politics but retain a valued friendship. The lady, who owned a local market when my wife and I movedherel disagreed with my views but we were,very close friends. We exchanged greetings every day when I came to shop and pick up my Sacramento Bee. Although we disagreed in politics, the gentleman who next owned the store, with sincere compassion, gave me all the remaining Indian Valley Records that carried the obituaries, articles and 'other notices of my wife's death. Two workers at the store were warm friends with whom I could disagree with smiles and gentle repartee. My accompanist disagreed with me, but we were a team for 17 years. But now, many long-time friends with whom I have had friendly disagreements are hostile. I have been expressing my views for over 30 years in Plumas County; why, then, have former friends changed? It is my opinion that the visceral hate fostered by the tea party has spread throughout the nation, seeping into our area. No matter how others feel about me, I still respect their humanity and grieve the loss of anyone's friendship. That said, I must continue to express my views at the risk of being cold-shouldered by those whose past and present friendships I still value. Salvatore Cataiano Taylorsville Military indoctrination Our founders viewed the military establishment very differently from the propaganda and indoctrination of today. We are inculcated from childhood on how necessary the military establishment, the CIA, NSA are to the safety and freedom of we Americans. To see how differently the founders and American ancestors viewed militarism, consider a couple of many quotes, while thinking about the U.S. national security state's many regime-change operations in the Middle East, and elsewhere, ongoing prevocations against Russia and China, its secret surveillance state, and decades of assassinations: James Madison: "A standing military force with an overgrown executive will not long be companions to liberty. The means of defense against foreign danger have always been the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a maxim to excite a war whenever a revolt wasapprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people." Blackstone's 1768 Commentaries on "The Laws of England:" "wherever standing armies are kept up and, when the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction." Barbara MacArthur Lake Almanor I I I II II I II I '1 2 ....... Contact your elected officials PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofplumas.com. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT- Barnck Obama, the White House, 1600 PennsylvaniaAve" NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse.gov/contact/ U.S. SENATOR- Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TrYfrDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710. Website: feinstein.senate.gov. U.S. SENATOR- Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 5011 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563. 112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, IST DIST. - Doeg LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. www.LaMalfa.Honse.gov.; Facebook.com/RepLaMalfa; twitter: @RepLaMalfa. DISTRICT OFFICE: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965, (530) 534-7100, FAX (530) 534-7800. STATE SENATOR, Ist DIST. -Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center: 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding Constituent Service Center: 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225- 3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1ST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Suite 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-00001, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office, 280 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR- Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/(916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160.