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by WANDA T. WILLIAMS | May 21, 2004 Dottie Henson said she's been trying to get a representative on the phone to request her new Medicare prescription drug card. "I tried for days, they just put you on hold and you just give up," said Henson, 77, of Hagerstown, who attended Thursday's 12th annual Senior Fair with the hope of speaking with someone face-to-face about getting her card. "This business of pushing one button and then another is for the birds," said Henson's friend and fellow Washington County Hospital retiree Ann McElroy, 76. The women were among a crowd of more than 1,000 senior citizens from throughout Washington County who drove or took a shuttle to the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center on Dual Highway for this year's event, according to Senior Fair steering committee member John Kenney.
January 10, 2001
County's last flu clinic Thursday The Washington County Health Department's last flu immunization clinic of the season will be held Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at North Hagerstown High School, the department announced Tuesday. Flu shots are only for ages 18 and older. The shots are free but Medicare can be billed, and the department is requesting a $7 donation per person, according to the statement. The department has given just under 5,000 flu shots since November, and expects to give another 2,000 shots Thursday, said Washington County Health Officer William Christoffel.
September 16, 2009
The Washington County Health Department will hold four seasonal flu vaccination clinics at area high schools this Saturday. The public is invited. The clinics will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at: Boonsboro High School, 10 Campus Ave., near the intersection of alternate U.S. 40 and Md. 66. Clear Spring High School, 12630 Broadfording Road, Clear Spring North Hagerstown High School, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown South Hagerstown High School, 1101 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown Seasonal flu vaccinations are available for ages 18 and older.
January 11, 2013
The Washington County Health Department will hold flu vaccination clinics on the following dates and times: Monday, Jan. 14, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 1 to 4:30 p.m. All clinics will be held at the Health Department's main building at 1302 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hagerstown. Medicare is accepted for adult vaccination, but no other insurance will be billed. A donation of $20 is appreciated.
By TIM ROWLAND | July 20, 2008
Medicare, according to Morningstar financial analyst Debbie Wang, doesn't bid out for low-tech medical hardware, such as wheelchairs and aluminum walkers. And really, why would it? It's not Medicare's money, it's ours. That's why Medicare happily pays $1,825 for a hospital bed that can be purchased online for $754. A 10-city pilot program demonstrated that Medicare could save 26 percent if it put these items to bid, but this year Congress delayed a plan to do so. Wang writes, "It is always helpful to ask: Whose pocket is the politician in?
By ROXANN MILLER | | August 26, 2011
U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., toured a Con-way Freight facility in Greencastle on Friday, fielding questions from employees during the company's employee appreciation week. Before he addressed the 100 employees assembled in the break room, Shuster clarified his job description. "I'm the chief customer-service representative to the federal government. So, if you've got a problem with the government - that's what I do for those of you who live in Pennsylvania in the 9th (Congressional)
April 6, 2001
Maryland to adopt county's drug plan By LAURA ERNDE ANNAPOLIS - Washington County's prescription drug program will expand statewide under a stop-gap plan to help people with the soaring cost of prescription drugs. The Maryland General Assembly's $6.5 million plan ensures continuation of the program that links patients with free drugs offered by pharmaceutical companies. It also subsidizes drug costs for poor people for two years and may eventually lead to discounts for all Medicare eligible individuals without drug coverage.
By GEORGE MICHAEL | June 28, 2013
A recent front-page story in The Herald-Mail reported that a Hagerstown pharmacist pleaded guilty to writing prescriptions for powerful narcotics for hundreds of clients who drove here by the “van loads” to do business.  This story is shocking on several levels. It's bad enough that people were coming to Hagerstown from out of state to get their needed fixes. But the worst part of this story is that the pharmacist was billing Medicare and Medicaid for some of these painkillers.
October 12, 1999
By DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg photos: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - In a dramatic turnaround from four years ago, the Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center last week was named the top county-affiliated nursing home in Pennsylvania. In 1995, the 220-bed facility, then known as the Franklin County Nursing Home, was effectively placed on probation. That year the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued the home a provisional license for shortcomings in resident care and other areas.
October 9, 2004
U.S. Rep. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md., will hold a public forum Oct. 18 in Hagerstown for senior citizens who have questions regarding the new drug card benefit. The forum will be at Robinwood Medical Center, 11110 Medical Campus Drive, Hagerstown, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Drug card providers will be available to provide specific plan information from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bob Zimmerman, regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services, will attend the forums to provide an overview of the program and answer seniors' specific questions.
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