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Miles for Meals

The Miles for Meals 5K run and 2K walk will be held April 30, 2017. The event raises money to feed older adults in Platte County, Missouri, through Platte Senior Services.

The walk will be held at Zona Rosa, 8640 N. Dixson Avenue in Kansas City, MIssouri. Registration starts at 7:45 at the Town Square, and the race starts at 8:30 a.m.

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New federal poverty guidelines

The department of Halth and Human Services recently released the 2017 federal poverty guidelines, usually referred to as the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The new poverty guidelines are used for determining financial eligibility for many federal and state programs. The new guidelines are effective as of January 31, 2017. The guidelines set the 100 percent poverty level for a single individual in the 48 contiguous states at $12,060 (up from $11,880 in 2016) and for a couple at $16,240 (up from $16,020 in 2016).  
See the full announcement here. It include a chart of levels for different family sizes and also includes Alaska and Hawaii guidelines.

200 winter caps donated

The Tagalima Craft group, which meets at the Palmer Senior Center every week, came together to knit and crochet more 200 winter caps for the Salvation Army.  They used yarn that had been donated to our center to make these caps for our homeless population that live in Independence. The caps were delivered to the Salvation Army's homeless shelter to hand out to those in need of a little extra warmth.

New frozen meal delivery program pilot

Starting on Oct. 3, older adults in MARC’s Area Agency on Aging (AAA) service area have a new option for home-delivered meals. MARC recently began a pilot program with GA Foods to start weekly deliveries of frozen meals to clients who qualify for Medicaid. The pilot program will deliver five frozen meals each week to 338 Medicaid clients in the AAA’s five-county area.

This is a change to the home-delivered meals program, which continues for other clients in the area. The existing meals program delivers hot meals from central distribution centers daily, but is limited by the service areas that can be reached in a timely manner with hot food. The new frozen meals program will help extend the home-delivered meal service, in some cases, to those who aren’t within the service area for the hot meal program.

Existing home-delivered hot meals recipients who are eligible for the new frozen meal program were notified of the change by phone. Switching these clients to the new service will allow the hot meals program to serve new clients in the area.

For more information about GA Foods Senior Nutrition programs, visit

CMS Announces New Star Ratings for Hospitals

In April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the release of the Hospital Compare star ratings system, designed to help beneficiaries choose where they receive their care. The star ratings are take into account patient experiences in the following areas:

  • The level of communication between doctors and nurses;
  • The responsiveness of the hospital staff to patients’ needs;
  • The cleanliness and noise level of the hospital; and
  • The preparedness of patients when they enter post-hospital settings.
Of the new Hospital Compare ratings, Dr. Patrick Conway, Acting Principal Deputy Administrator for CMS and Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality said, “The patient experience Star Ratings will make it easier for consumers to use the information on the Hospital Compare website and spotlight excellence in health care quality. These star ratings also encourage hospitals and clinicians to strive to continuously improve the patient experience and quality of care delivered to all patients.”

Click here to read the announcement from CMS.