Hearing Aid Access for Low Income Missourians

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JEFERSON CITY, MO: Low-income Missourians with impaired hearing now have greater access to hearing aids under a new program created by legislation passed during the 2019 legislative session. Lawmakers passed the bill with bipartisan support to create a hearing aid distribution program administered by the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

The program began accepting applications on August 28. State data indicates approximately 600,000 Missourians are deaf or hard of hearing. Supporters of the new program says there are more than 88,000 Missourians who could benefit from the new program. Hearing aid technology can significantly improve the quality of life for those with hearing loss, but many insurance providers consider hearing aids an elective procedure. Because of this, and the fact that hearing aids can cost in excess of $4,000, many Missourians may go without hearing aids.

The new program is meant to remedy this problem by providing financial assistance to deaf or hard-of-hearing Missourians who earn less than the federal poverty level. The program requires the assessment for the distribution of hearing aids to be performed by licensed audiologists or hearing instrument specialists or licensed physicians. Those who wish to apply also must provide a quote for their hearing aids and must verify their total annual income.

As the program began, the executive director of the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, stated, “The commission hopes to positively impact the lives of those who need hearing aids so that they can be more engaged citizens and involved to a greater degree in their communities.”

An application for hearing aid assistance can be found online at https://mcdhh.mo.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2019/08/HADP-Application-0819.pdf. Anyone interested in learning more about the program can call 573-526-5205 or email Kristin.Funk@mcdhh.mo.gov.

Butler: Bates County Farm Service Agency Now Accepting Applications

USDA – Bates County Farm Service Agency in Butler, MO has a vacancy for a full-time, permanent Program Technician (PT). . The open application period is from Wednesday, October 9, 2019 to Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

The position will require the applicant to possess a broad range of clerical skills including filing, operating office equipment and basic computer data entry skills. An agricultural background would be beneficial. Grade potential will be based on education, work experience, agriculture knowledge, and background.

Visit the USA Jobs website at www.usajobs.gov for the current job posting and to apply for the position. Please contact Michael Finley at (660) 679-6112 extension 110 or stop by the USDA Service Center at 625 West Nursery, Butler, MO for information on applying for the position. USDA-FSA is an Equal Opportunity Provider, Employer and Lender.

Butler Public Library Fall Book Sale

It’s time for the annual Butler Public Library’s Fall Book Sale. The sneak preview will be held on Wednesday, October 16th from 5:30 – 7:00pm with a $5 admission.

The book sale itself will be held on Thursday, October 17th from 10am – 5pm; Friday, October 18th from 10am – 5pm and Saturday, October 19th from 10am – 1pm. Also on Saturday, there will be a $3 bag sale.

The Butler Public Library is located at 100 W. Atkinson Street in Butler, MO

St. Patrick Catholic Church Fall Bazaar October 19th

October 19th  St. Patrick Catholic Church Fall Bazaar and Bake Sale
Start your holiday shopping for family and friends or come pamper yourself with goodies from the 10 vendors on location. The St. Patrick Catholic Church Fall Bazaar and Bake Sale will be held in the Education Building behind the church. Tupperware, Sew Fun Creations, Scentsy, Jordan Essentials, Jewelry and other vendors at the Fall Bazaar and Bake Sale Saturday, October 19th . Hours are 9:00 am until 2:00.
St. Patrick Catholic Church in Butler .