Care Connection can help people of all ages enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace

Care Connection has licensed navigators who can provide one-on-one, unbiased information and enrollment help for people interested in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Open enrollment for the 2022 plan year begins Nov. 1 and continues through Jan. 15, 2022. To get coverage by Jan. 1, you must apply by Dec. 15.

Care Connection has several navigators who are specifically trained by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help consumers, small businesses, and their employees as they look for health coverage options through the Marketplace.  

Licensed navigators help people register on the online Marketplace; compare health plans that are available in Missouri; price coverage; determine whether they would qualify for income tax credits based upon their incomes; and help consumers understand benefits.

Care Connection provides impartial information and services without charge to consumers. The agency does not endorse or sell any particular policy or company.

Since the inception of the federal Health Insurance Marketplace in 2013, Care Connection has offered the service to guide consumers through the application and enrollment.

This year’s enrollment will occur in person and on the phone by appointment, which is available by calling Care Connection at 1-800-748-7826.

“The Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment allows us to serve consumers of all ages who want or need to explore their options with health insurance,” said Rona McNally, Director of Special Projects for Care Connection for Aging Services. “Several of our navigators have been working with the Marketplace from the beginning, and each is recertified annually. Under a grant agreement, we provide unbiased information and encourage consumers to select the coverage suited for their families.”

To get ready for the process, you should gather names and birthdates for all people in your household, even those who are not applying. The marketplace application also requires Social Security numbers for everyone, information on how you file your federal income taxes; dependents and employer information for everyone in your household; income, expenses, and deductions of everyone in your household; and health coverage information if anyone in your household already has a health plan.

The service will be provided in all 13 West Central Missouri counties where Care Connection serves in 21 locations. Care Connection is a non-profit area agency on aging that serves Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair, and Vernon counties. Call 1-800-748-7826 to make an appointment for Marketplace enrollment.

Intercepted letter with contraband mailed to jail leads to arrest at Vernon County Jail

Early Monday morning, Detectives with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office arrested a
Nevada resident for attempting to send contraband into the county jail.

According to officials at the Sheriff’s Office, Detention Officers investigated a suspicious package
marked as “Legal Mail” to an inmate being held in the Vernon County Jail. Evidence
inside the package led Detectives to a Nevada residence and a suspect was arrested.

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said the suspect sent the letter with a legal firm
marked as the sender, but the letter contained only a letter from the spouse of the inmate
and a substance in a bag that was determined to be contraband.

Mosher said keeping contraband out of the jail is a constant battle and that his staff had just recently went
through additional training on screening, detecting, and confiscating contraband when it
is discovered. “People have tried mailing contraband to inmates, smuggling it in clothes,
books, and even in one case a Bible,” said Mosher.

The suspect was identified as 39-year-old Heather Durossette of Nevada. Durossette was
charged with Delivery of Item at a County Jail which Prisoner is Prohibited from
Receiving. She was released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court.

MDC reminds fall hunters of baiting guidelines

 The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters to be aware of baiting regulations during the fall deer and turkey hunting seasons. The use of bait, including grain or other feed placed or scattered to attract deer or turkey while hunting is illegal. The regulations are in place to help limit the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer and to ensure fair chase.

MDC’s Protection Cpt. Russell Duckworth said the placement of corn, or bait to hunt wildlife is a common Wildlife Code violation that conservation agents encounter during the fall. Additional rules apply if hunting in one of the 34 counties in the CWD Management Zone.

Doe urine and other scents, such as apple, acorn, and persimmon, are allowed while hunting, if they are not used on or with grain and other food products. Mineral blocks, including salt, are not considered bait. However, mineral blocks that contain grain or other food additives are prohibited. MDC notes that mineral and salt blocks are not allowed on conservation areas and in a CWD zone. While it is legal to hunt over a harvested crop field, it is illegal to add grain or other crops, such as apples, to the field after it has been harvested.

“The majority of hunters encountered by conservation agents are compliant with this regulation, and we spend a lot of time responding to reports and complaints of this type of violation,” Duckworth said.

An area is considered to be baited for 10 days after food has been completely removed from that site.

Hunting ethics are at the core of Missouri’s baiting regulations. Habituating deer so they routinely congregate over a human-supplied food source is not in line with the principles of fair chase that ethical hunters try to adhere to.

The presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Missouri has created another reason why providing bait for deer is a bad idea. One of the ways this always fatal disease of cervid animals is transferred from one deer to another is through animal-to-animal contact, which can easily happen when deer congregate over bait.

Duckworth said anyone who is hunting in an area baited is in violation. “These types of reports are common, and agents do investigate and follow up with each report. Please educate yourself before putting yourself or someone else in violation.”

CWD sampling is mandatory for hunters who harvest a deer on Nov. 13 or 14 from CWD Management Zone counties. Get more information on CWD regulations and other CWD information online here or from MDC’s 2021 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available where permits are sold and online here.

Hunters are also encouraged to contact their local conservation agent or MDC regional office for additional questions or concerns. Find contact information here.

Third Times A Charm

David Oringderff, affectionately known as ‘Doc’ has served with the Adrian police department since 2014, and through his vast resume has ‘retired’ several times- but this time he’s determined to make it stick. Since his first job at a supermarket at age 14 (which he lied about his age to get the job) David served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1976; spent time with the Texas National Guard; served as a peace officer and later as a police chief in Blue Mound TX; then back to the Army 1981 to 1995 where retired as a Major. He found himself back in law enforcement in 1996 during which time he finished his PhD in clinical psychology and used his training as a mental health advisor on the hostage negotiation team in Comal county TX. 
In 2014, he became a licensed police officer in the state of Missouri and since has made his home in Adrian. David also is a Professor of Psychology and Religion at Cherry Hill Seminary in Columbia SC, and is the chair of the Pastoral Counseling and Chaplaincy Department there as well. Thank you for your service David, enjoy your retirement!

This story is courtesy of Mid America Live