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Page I 0 VctJ CCMMt JNnTV h T, "r,, - March 28, 2012 II FireMed From page 1 pie," said Fire Chief Mike Beaver. Anyone enrolled in FireMed who was transported would pay nothing for the trip. The depart- ment would still bill insurance companies, but whatever the insurance company paid, the patient had no further obligation. If the patient had no insurance, the ambulance trip would be written off completely. Excess funds raised by the FireMed pro- gram helped pay for operational costs. The initial price for FireMed was $35 per year. It only increased once, by $15, Bea- ver said. "We are losing money on FireMed now. We're writing off more than we're tak- ing with FireMed subscriptions." When the department started the pro- gram, insurance deductibles were as low as $25 or $50, said Diane Shank, administra- tive assistant. Deductibles have grown to the point that insurance companies are not paying at all for ambulance trips, which cost between $1,000 to $1,200 for a trip to Sa- maritan Lebanon Community Hospital in Lebanon, the most common destination. "We're writing off bills that are too big too many times," Shank said. Medicare is "giving us practically noth- ing," Beaver said. The write-offs are driving the new plan, he said. Under the new arrangement, patients will pay half of whatever cost is outstand- ing, Beaver said. The Fire and Ambulance District will continue to seek payment from insurance companies. Fire Med subscribers will pay half of whatever the insurance com- panies don't cover. Fire districts around the state have been having the same problem, and they've looked at different solutions, Beaver said. Lebanon Fire District is going to the same type of plan. Albany is increasing its price, something Sweet Home looked at. "With the way the economy is, people are looking at every option they have to not lose money on everything," Beaver said. The department transports about 20 per- cent of its FireMed subscription holders each year, Beaver said. The program usually has between 1,400 and 1,500 members. It will send out about 1,800 reminders this year. "We would prefer not to stop the pro- gram," Beaver said. "But we need to break even on it. This change is necessary just to continue our service at the level it is now." Good-bye Burlon Miller, left, congratulates Don- nie Melson at Mel- son's retirement par- ty, held March 26 at Sweet Home Public Works. Melson, 65, retired after serving 36 years in mainte- nance. Photo by Bean C. Morgan By Dave Bauer Contest Director It's week 10 and we are proud of our contestants who have dedicated themselves to a ' healthier lifestyle by staying with the contest and gleaning what they can from our volunteers who have graciously given their time and their knowledge to help educate and encourage each week. Infrared Sauna Infrared Sauna helps with weight loss, releases toxins from the body, and has many health benefits ~ ask me for more information. 10 VISITS- S99.95 (Special introductory price for first time sauna clients.} Stop by Our New. Store! 2 doors down to the Fallon Building, 1027 Main Street 1027 MAIN ST. 541-367-6614 iiiiiii ii  ....... iii!: i l r i n i i i i m i m n m n m i I ....... I o | with grilled chicken, olives;sun-dried tomatoes, I mushrooms and red on ons Cranberry I with grilled chicken ed cranrriesi ioasted .... almonds and red o5ion l ralr with calorie free Dlet A&W Root Beer ! or our freshly brewed ic lea! 1010 MAIN STREET 154100367-489300 tmCAa Dj i illi ]maim i lllllmO lllllllm i i I These volunteers included some great speakers during the past 10 weeks with inspiring and informational messages and we want to thank them all. Those who have taken advantage of the seminars have gained some valuable insights they can use for the rest of their lives. This week our guest speaker was Michael Stoner of Advanced Family Eye Care who shared with us important statistics concerning health risks and how his own experience with health issues caused him to change his perspective and his lifestyle. Next week, Dr. Megan Sturdy will be back with more detailed information on how your body processes nutrients from your food. Winners this week, brought you by our great local businesses, were: Lisa Linville, who received a $20 gift certificate to The Point Restaurant; Nancy Stratman, who won the incentive prize of $50 gift certificates from Periwinkle Provisions; and Sandra Bellew, who won a $5 Subway card. Thank you to The Point Restaurant, Periwinkle Provi- sions and Subway for their generous donations! Here are some Lose for Life journal exerpts: Gina Swanson It's been a great week/As of today, Friday, rm down 38.4 Ibs & I would love to be down 40 Ibs by tomorrow's weigh in. I've got a date with Steelhead tonight ;) I love my workouts with Vicki and Charity and am really pleased with my progress these past 10 weeks. I plan to continue working towards my weight loss goals once the contest is over Dave: Gina made her goal, with a total of 40.6 pounds lost at Saturday's weigh-in! Like many of the participants who have stayed with the contest, she is going to continue her efforts to finish what she started and we plan to provide a means for them to do that. Loretta Savri Snow day/Ugh. Just when I was getting going on my running. Track is covered, of course. This day really threw me FREE WELLNESS SEMINAR EACH WEEK Open to the public This Saturday: Dr. Megan Sturdy Advanced Nutrition because I kept waiting for power to exercise, hoping for a shower after By the time I finally quit playing games with the kids and reassuring them the TV would be gone for a week if I heard another complaint about it... I only fit in two hours of exercise. Kept wanting to have hot chocolate (settled for sugar- free version) and lots of coffee. Resisting the snacking or picking a bite here or there seemed extremely difficult today. Must be a flashback to childhood when the power went out. Snacks and board games... I used to love it and wish the power would never come back on. Ahhh! The good old days. Dave: If the "1 only fit in two hours of exercise" didn't tip you off, Loretta is one of our serious competitors. With an average of 1.9 percent weight loss each week, she is a true contender and one of the few who have experienced weight loss at each of the 10 weigh-ins. But is it enough towin? The next two weeks will tell! "Keep up the great work WOLTHUlS FAMILY DENTISTRY contestants and finish strong!" 1524 Long Street, Sweet Home 541-367-2931 Like Us on Facebook Ivan H. Wolthuis, DMD, PC I Henry B. Wolthuis, DDS, PC J Kyle W. Dimond, DDS, PC Contest sponsors: A&W Restaurant; All Star Pizza; Attitudes. 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