Medicare Open Enrollment

Care Connection can help with Medicare Part D enrollment

Care Connection for Aging Services is accepting appointments to help older adults compare Medicare Part D plans when open enrollment begins Oct. 15.

The agency has certified options counselors who can provide personalized comparisons of Medicare Part D (drug coverage) and Medicare Advantage (Medicare replacement) plans for beneficiaries in all its 13 West Central Missouri counties.

The services will be provided by appointment, which can be made by calling Care Connection at 1-800-748-7826.

Care Connection counselors are trained by CLAIM, which operates the Missouri State Health Insurance Program, to provide unbiased comparisons of the total costs for the plan year. The comparisons are based upon a beneficiary’s prescription medications and preferred pharmacy.

Beneficiaries will need to have their Medicare numbers, pharmacy preference, and prescription names, dosages, and frequency to get accurate comparisons.

Some options counselors will be providing in-person counseling sessions by appointment, while others will be providing the service via telephone and mail. The service is provided free, but contributions are accepted.

The plan comparison service is one of the most popular that the area agency on aging provides during the fall, when Medicare opens enrollment annually for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans.

Beneficiaries are encouraged to make the comparisons annually because Medicare plans change, and many individuals’ health and medications may be different. The enrollment period ends on Dec. 7.

Care Connection for Aging Services is a non-profit area agency on aging serving adults 60 and older in 13 West Central Missouri counties: Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair, and Vernon. Its mission is to provide opportunities for positive aging experiences. For more information, call 1-800-748-7826 or visit

Hunter Education Skills Sessions October 15th 2022 

Hunters wanting to complete their Hunter Education certification are required to complete two portions of the Hunter Education Course. The first portion is the Knowledge portion, followed by the Skills session. 

Students may complete the Knowledge portion one of two ways. First, students may go online to; there is a cost of $24.95 for this portion. Second, students may order a study guide online or pick one up at an MDC office or the Butler Police Department at 309 N Fulton in Butler free of charge. The study guide must be filled out and brought with them to the Skills session. Before students can attend the Skills session the Knowledge portion must be completed. 

Locations and availability of openings will be posted on the Missouri Department of Conservation website. The following Hunter Education Skills Sessions have been scheduled in Bates County for hunters wanting to complete their Hunter Education Certification: 

Saturday, October 15th, 9 am-1 pm, 4th of July Building, 501 East Park Street, Rich Hill, MO 

There is no charge for the Skills session classes. 

Students are required to attend and/or complete only one Skills session. Students must be 10 years old to take the online course and must be 11 years of age to take the Skills session.

Additional Hunter Education sessions and classes offered throughout the State of Missouri can be found by going online at  Registration can be done online or by calling Instructor Donna Morrison at 660-679-1511 or Conservation Agent Donald Tiller at 660-679-8228. 

Butler: Chaos of Terror Haunted House

The Bates County Elks will host the Chaos of Terror Haunted House. Admission is set at $5.00 per person with four weekends on the schedule. The Haunted House will be open Friday, October 15th the Friday and Saturday nights from 7:00 pm until the crowd dies down. Opening weekends are as follows.

Friday only October 15th

Friday and Saturday, October 21st and 22nd

Friday and Saturday, October 28th and 29th Monday  October  31st.