News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 9, 2013

Briefly: October 9, 2013

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute

Area 7 offers free Medicare counseling

Area 7 Agency on Aging and Disabled will provide free Medicare options counseling by appointment for enrolled individuals, giving assistance in choosing or switching prescription drug plans. Counseling will take place at the Terre Haute office, 1718 Wabash Ave., and other locations in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties throughout October, November and December.

The open enrollment period for Medicare begins Tuesday and ends Dec. 7. This is the only time when individuals may change their Part D drug plan providers.

For more information and to set up an appointment, call Michelle Graham or Glenda Parks at 812-238-1561 or toll-free at 800-489-1561, or email


MDwise launches new website

MDwise, Indiana’s only not-for-profit health insurance company, has launched a new website to address the changing needs of its members.

MDwise conducted website usability studies with its members and providers and used the findings to drive website redevelopment. MDwise also took into account the five elements provided by the National Committee for Quality Assurance which include font size, reading level, intuitive content organization, ease of navigation, and directories in additional language, if applicable to the membership.

Benefits include a more mobile-friendly site. It boasts improved organization. The content members access most often, such as reviewing benefit information and finding doctors in their network, is easy to locate and navigate. In addition, consumers can determine whether they qualify for premium assistance for insurance purchased in the new Marketplace. For more information, visit

Terre Haute

Therapeutic yoga classes begin Sunday

The Maple Center for Integrative Health along with certified yoga instructor Tammy Lundburg will be offering a six-week class of therapeutic yoga beginning Sunday, from 5 to 6:15 p.m., at the HUX Cancer Center’s lower level. The HUX Cancer Center is at 1711 N. 61⁄2 St., just north of Union Hospital. The classes will be weekly, continuing Oct. 20 and 27 and Nov. 3, 10, and 17.

Lundborg received her 200-hour teaching certificate from CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health, in Indianapolis, under Nikki Myers and Marsha Pappas.

These sessions will provide a gentle approach to improve physical conditioning, flexibility and relaxation skills. The program can be completed by anyone.  Research has shown that the benefits of yoga include: increased flexibility of the neck, back, chest and shoulders; improved physical strength and function; improved quality of life/inner peace; and decreased side effects from chemotherapy.

The cost for six classes is $60. For more information and to register contact The Maple Center at 812-234-8733 or email Deanna Ferguson at


Record sales for breast cancer plate

Record sales continue for the Indiana breast cancer license plate. More than 19,000 plates were sold in 2012. Steady sales indicate plate sales should top 20,000 for 2013. The $25 tax-deductible donation for each plate is pooled by the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust and awarded as grants to help provide free mammography programs for underserved women and men throughout Indiana.

“Because increased Hoosiers are purchasing the breast cancer plates, IBCAT can fund more programs and services that help save Hoosier lives,” said Sheila Hauck, IBCAT president and director of oncology services at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.

IBCAT awarded nearly $400,000 in grants statewide for 2013. Grants awarded this year will fund more than 2,500 screening mammograms and diagnostic services at hospitals, clinics and providers in nearly every county in Indiana.

“The breast cancer plate is doing its job,” said Beth Knapp, IBCAT executive director. “It’s raising awareness about breast cancer and detecting cancer for women who could otherwise not afford these important breast health services.”

Consistently selling as one of the top 10 specialty plates at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the plate has allowed the IBCAT to award more than $2 million in grants since its inception in 2002.