Starke County News Items

Starke Park Board Hires Consultant, Schedules Five-Year Plan Meeting (12/8)

posted by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on December 8, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

The Starke County Park Board hopes to have a five-year plan in place by mid-January. President Roger Chaffins told the county commissioners Monday they’ve enlisted the Troyer Group from Mishawaka to help with the process. The commissioners previously allocated up to $15,000 for the project. Chaffins advised the park board had negotiated Troyer Group down to $18,000 from their original price of $21,300 and requested additional money to pay the difference.

The commissioners agreed to allocate an additional $3,000 from the Cumulative Capital Development Fund to proceed. A five-year plan is necessary to qualify for state grants for parks and recreation. It must be sent to the DNR by Jan. 15, 2017 in order to qualify for next year’s cycle.

The plan will include long-term goals for Bass Lake, Koontz Lake, the county’s trail system, the Starke County Forest and the Range Road crossing.

Members of the public can offer input during a Monday evening meeting. It will start at 6 p.m. at the county annex meeting room.

North Judson Council Looks to Fill School Board Vacancy (12/8)

posted by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on December 8, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

North Judson Water TowerThe Town of North Judson is looking to fill a vacancy on the North Judson-San Pierre School Board.

Prospective applicants must live within the town limits and need to submit a letter of intent along with a brief explanation of why they are qualified. Those materials are due to the Town of North Judson, 310 Lane St. no later than noon on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016.

Mike Sharkozy currently represents the town on the school board. He was appointed in April of 2015 and began his term at the completion of the 2015 school year.

Town Council members will interview applicants for the seat and select a member.

Open Enrollment Starts Tuesday for Healthcare Exchanges (11/1)

posted Nov 1, 2016, 9:05 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Posted on November 1, 2016
Author Tyler Maffitt, WKVI 
Open enrollment on the Affordable Care Act exchange starts Tuesday, and local medical service groups are providing assistance for those looking to shop their options.

The sign-up period takes place between November 1st, 2016 and January 31st, 2017. As in past years, a majority of those enrolled on the exchanges are expected to receive financial assistance.

The federal government uses household income to determine who is eligible for any insurance subsidies, or even Medicaid. Starke County Health Department Nurse Frank Lynch says their department can give vaccinations to those on Medicaid, those who still don’t have insurance, or those whose insurance does not cover the vaccine.

“We don’t need any documentation that your insurance doesn’t cover it or there is no documentation whether you have insurance or not,” says Lynch. “So basically it’s all we need. If you have insurance and it covers vaccinations, then you need to go through your healthcare provider.”

Aid often includes tax credits to help pay for premiums, or discounts on co-pays and deductibles. Those without health insurance will pay a penalty – either 2.5% of family income, or a pre-determined flat rate. Lynch says they typically don’t see a big influx of patients during open enrollment periods.

“We had a lot of people that call in regards to: will my insurance cover it? Well we don’t do any insurance billing here at the health department,” says Lynch. “Then what I would recommend in regards to adults or anyone with insurance for their children or anything like that, 9 and up, they can be done at a local pharmacy, Walgreen’s or CVS.”

Those interested in searching their options, however, will have access to certified assisters. They are available at Starke Hospital. Appointments can help assess coverage needs and pricing, and are available by calling 855-400-2045. Residents can also receive help filling out the application for insurance.

This is the fourth annual campaign to extend health coverage to more than 13-million Americans. Individuals who are re-enrolling are encouraged to find the best option for them. Comparing plans can, many times, save individuals money from year-to-year.

Insurance providers cannot deny individuals based on a pre-existing condition.

Community Services of Starke County Collection Sites

posted Jun 18, 2014, 3:29 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Sep 8, 2016, 9:18 AM ]

Community Services of Starke County’s Food Pantry has two collection sites in North Judson.  You can drop off much needed food items during regular business hours at: 

414 Lane Street                     

Dr. Dalphond’s Office
108 West State Street

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