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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA. Thursday, August 29, 2013 COOKING DEMO...Steve Gilbert, Chef at the Ballroom Restaurant in . 'Abingdon held a cooking demonstration at the Farmers' Market on Saturday. Free adult ed classes to resume in Wise Norton complete the GED Exam before the deadline. In order to assure that every student wishing to take the GED Exam prior to the December 31 deadline has the opportunity, testing can be provided on-demand through the end of December at the four testing centers located in Jonesville, Gate City, Norton and Wise. All examinees must take an official GED Practice Test at one of the convenient class sites before registering for the GED Exam. With funding from the Virginia Tobacco Commission, the $58 test is free to Virginia residents who pass the practice test. For those adult learners who will be preparing instead to take the new, computer-based 2014 GED Test, the Adult Education Program has resources in place to assure success. All instruction is now technology rich, with internet activities and on-line lessons in every class. Adults preparing for the GED will be County and Free adult education classes provided by the Regional Adult Education Program of Lee, Scott and Wise Counties and the City of Norton will reopen the week of September 3 in Wise County and the City of Norton. These classes prepare adults to pass the GED Exam and to compete in the workplace. All classes are free of charge to adults who are at least 18 years old and are not enrolled in public school. The Adult Education classes will be of immediate interest to adult learners who have begun taking the GED test but have not yet passed all five parts. The current version of the GED Exam will expire at the end of 2013 and will be replaced with the new, cor0puter-based 2014 GED Exam on January 2, 2014. Studentshave until the end of 2013 to complete the current test, or they will need to , start over again in 2014. Instructors will be available in every classroom to assist these students in preparing to taught basic compute literacy skills, will gain familiarity with the popular new Adtilt Ed Android App and can use iPads to access over a dozen free, online resources available on the Adult Education website ( Beginning the week of September 3, morning, afternoon and evening classes will be available at 6 classroom sites conveniently located in Big Stone Gap, Coeburn, Pound, St. Paul, Wise and Norton. Students can join at any class session. In addition, the Regional Adult Education Program offers free Adult Education classes at 5 other sites throughout the rest of the Lee, Scott, Wise and Norton region, as well as Distance Learning Classes online or through the mail. Detailed information on classes and schedules may be obtained by calling Amy at 1- 877 RACE 2 GED or by checking the program website at AARP: report shows Medicaid expansion will help 32,100 Virginia veterans and their families As AARP works to support uninsured in the United States, report, one-third of" uninsured Medicaid expansion in Virginia, a recent report by the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that more than 32,000 currently un- insured Virginia veterans will re- ceive health coverage if Medi- caid expansion is implemented. During the 2013 regular session, the Virginia General As- sembly adopted an amendment to the 2013 budget that could expand Medicaid under provis- ions of the Affordable Care Act after certain reforms are made. "As we honor our veterans, Virginia can be proud that we will be able to provide much- needed help to those who have served our nation by expanding affordable health care coverage to veterans currently without health insurance," said Bob Blancato, AARP Virginia State President. "AARP continues to fight for affordable health coverage in Virginia to help veterans, as well as the more than 62,000 hardworking 50- to 64-year olds who are struggling without health insurance." The report, "Uninsured Vet- erans and Family Members: Who Are They and Where Do They Live?", says there are 1.3 million veterans under age 65 and about 40 percent of those could qualify for health cover- through Medicaid expan- SLOB. "Our uninsured veterans' health care coverage depends upon Medicaid expansion, and they deserve our support to make sure they get it," Blancato said. Many assume that all veterans receive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care coverage, but that's not the case. VA care is out of reach for low-income veterans who do not live near VA facilities or are unaware that VA care is available. In addition, VA eligibility is tetermined by other factors including service-related disabilities and income, and many veterans make too much money to qualify for VA assistance, but not enough to afford insurance on their own. Most spouses of veterans do not qualify for VA assistance or for Medicaid under current require- ments. The need for care is parti- cularly great for veterans who often have chronic health problems that may go untreated because they lack insurance coverage. According to the MARKET CORNER NEWS Clinch River Farmers Market Saturday, 8 am-1 pm Wednesday 2 pm - 5 pm Don't miss the opportunity to check out a good selection of fresh produce including apples, pears, corn, green beans, tomatoes, cabbage, summer squash, zucclini, cucumbers, potatoes, etc. Also at the market you'will find plants, lamb, honey, jams, jellies, baked goods, breads, salsa and much more. The Farmers Market Cookbooks are available for purchase at the market as well as at Big M, St. Paul Builders, Bailey Hardware, Kilgore law Office, the Town Ball, : CB Pate and Co and Sweet Peas. ' Entertainment Music ofCharlie Engle 10:30 am :iw Hunting Tips, Displays and Demo by Big M 10 am Kids Activities 10 am certified-In_accept EBT, debit cards and Senior Citizen coupons. The dollars of EBT purchases will be doubled. Supportt farmers and crafters and enjoy a free cup of Clinch Market. veterans nationally have at least one chronic health problem, over 40 percent have unmet medical needs and more than a third have delayed getting needed care because of high costs. Uninsured veterans' families would also benefit from Medicaid expan- sion - the report says that more than half of those family members have unmet medical needs. Medicaid expansion under the ACA allows states to extend coverage to individuals with income up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level - about $15,000 for an individual and $32,000 for a family of four. In Virginia, nearly 12,300 veterans are at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, and would be eligible for Medicaid coverage if Virginia chooses expansion. Additionally, 4,100 spouses of veterans could qualify for coverage if Virginia implements Medicaid expansion. The federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of Medicaid expansion in Virginia for the first three years and that figure gradually, moves to 90 percent thereafter, pumping significant money into the state's economy. It will also generate significant cost savings, pro- viding access to preventive care that veterans and their families need while reducing the need for expensive emergency room care and related overcrowding. "Medicaid expansion will benefit many in our state, but our veterans and their families in particular deserve to get the health' care they need," Bob Blancato said. "The truth is we're, not doing enough for our veterans, but Medicaid expan- sion in Virginia will help." In addition to .. supporting state veterans and their families AARP successfully fought for Medicaid expansion in Virginia during the most recent legis- lative session. .......... VIRGINIA STATE PO.LTCE INSURANCE FRAUD DIVISION IT y6u I have'knowledge " of insurance fraud, report it. 1-877-62FRAUD www.stampoutfraud.eom Adult Education Connection by Karen Gent PluggedIn VA Phlebotomy Technician began on April 8, 2013 and will run through September 19, 2013. The cohort meets on the main campus of Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) three evenings each week. Pluggedln VA is a curri- culum framework that seeks to provide motivated adult learn- ers with a contextualized GED program integrated with tech- nical training as a means to develop essential workplace skills for entry-level jobs in tar- geted industries. An important, part of the curriculum is learn- ing professional soft skills, which includes business eft- quette. The text studied by the class is The Etiquette Advan- tage in Business, 2 "a Edition written by etiquette experts Peggy Post and Peter Post. The Posts point out, "As today's workplace becomes in- creasingly competitive, know- ing how to behave can make the difference between getting ahead and getting behind." In this book, the Posts explain how to handle both everyday and unusual situations that are essential to both professional and personal success. The business etiquette book includes chapters that cover a plethora of topics including pro- per dress and grooming for the workplace. As a class project, Pluggedln VA participants are given a business clothing allowance and commissioned to shop for attire that would be suitable for job interviews, the workplace, or special events .......................... ....... that take place during the program. Students then com- plete the assignment by giving a presentation before their class to show how the money was spent and how the clothing can be worn for different profess- sional occasions. The phlebo- tomy technician students gave their presentations on August 12, 2013 in Russell Hall. As the-group's business etiquette instructor, I have looked forward to this special project. It is amazing to see what the students are able to purchase with the $150 that each is given. Part of this assignment was to purchase at least one set of scrubs that can be worn by the students as they complete their clinical training. The clothing allowance enables every student to leave the pro- gram equipped with the cloth- ing needed to dress for success when going to a job interview or entering the workplace. Throughout the program, stu- dents work toward developing effective communication skills along with a professional image, and their new clothing helps to give them confidence in many different situations. There are fifteen participants who are scheduled to complete this program in September. For more information about 'PluggedIn VA programs in the region, contact Southwest Regional Adult Education at 866-581-9935. GED is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education. Used under license. Be a Hospice volunteer and their families. Just one to four hours a week can make a difference in someone's quality of life Participants will receive Sign up today for Total educational training that will be Home Care' and Hospice a rewarding experience! Back- Volunteer opportunity. Being a ground check and TB test will be Hospice Volunteer means giving given at no charge to back to your community by participants. serving terminally-ill patients To learn more about the volunteer opportunity, contact Arlona Boggs, Volunteer Coordinator at 276-220-7585 to receive an application and brochure on volunteering. Total Home Care & Hospice has six office locations: in Big Stone Gap, Clintwood, Grundy, Richlands, Abingdon and Bluefield. 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