Health Matters

Senior Public Affairs Specialist with the San Francisco District Food and Drug Administration Janet McDonald will speak to the Alameda Rotary Club Tuesday, Feb. 16, at noon. McDonald will discuss the agency’s recent enforcement actions. Lunch included. Tickets are $20 at the door. Rotary lunches take place at Grandview Pavilion, 300 Island Drive. Call 865-5322 for info.

Anita Hollerer-Squire has lived in Alameda for three years. She is originally from Austria, and has spent many years travelling around the world. Her husband is part of Artemis Racing, the Swedish team that took part in the 34th America’s Cup races in 2013. Artemis was based at Alameda Point during the races and many of the team’s families took up residence here.

“Since we arrived, the people in Alameda have been so welcoming and friendly and have included us into their community,” she said. Hollerer-Squire would like to repay this kindness and give something back.

The biggest news in Medicare for 2016 is the Part B premium. I’m happy to report that for most people with Medicare, the premium will stay the same as it was in 2015: $104.90 per month.

In fact, Part B premiums — which pay for doctor services, outpatient care, and preventive health benefits, among other things — haven’t changed for the last three years (2013, 2014 and 2015).

That’s because of slow growth in medical costs and inflation.

The Coast2Coast Rx Card program has saved Alameda County residents more than $7.5 million dollars since its start. Both the Board of Supervisors and the California State Association of Counties endorse the program.

The complimentary discount prescription card program provides residents and their families with a number of benefits that produce immediate discounts on prescriptions as well as dental, vision, veterinary and hearing services. 

The National Weather Service is forecasting significant winter storms this season that are expected to bring rain, thunderstorms, high surf, wind and associated hazards to the Bay Area.

When heavy rainfall is expected throughout the Bay Area, the volume of rainfall can overwhelm waterways and roadway drainage systems, leading to flash flooding. 

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