Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter Newsletter December 2005
Your local voice for Alzheimer’s news and information.
Chapter on the Move
After almost three years in our current programs for up to fifty attendees. In Give to the Alzheimer’s
location on West Holcombe Boulevard, addition, two family conference rooms Association and Receive a
our Chapter has chosen a long-term will allow us to meet with several
home a bit closer to the families simultaneously, Tax-Savings for Yourself
Texas Medical Center. offering individualized The recent Hurricane Katrina Relief
Our new space, expected care consultations and Act of 2005 offers you a special
to be completed in January referrals. Cubicles for opportunity to enjoy unprecedented
of 2006, is on the corner the new office have been tax benefits from your generous
of West Holcombe generously donated by support of the Alzheimer’s
Boulevard and Greenbriar. Franke Albrecht of Association by making unlimited,
This second-floor space Albrecht & Associates. 100% deductible cash gifts until
will provide the chapter Our new space also December 31, 2005; up to the total
with 5400 square feet of provides, for the first time amount of your adjusted gross income
space to deliver programs Chapter mascot, Judy, is in our Chapter’s history, for tax year 2005. You can even
and services to the ready to move into her the possibility for naming make withdrawals from your IRA to
community, nearly double new home.
opportunities in recognition make these contributions. Your gift to
our current space. of legacy gifts supporting the Alzheimer’s Association does not
Our new headquarters will feature a our mission. Individuals interested in a need to be allocated for relief efforts
large multipurpose Education/Board naming opportunity may make multi- to receive this benefit. These special
Room, allowing us to host educational year pledges of up to eight years. provisions expire after December 31,
2005. Consult your tax advisor or the
IRS for further details.
Create a Legacy in Our New Space!
As we move into our new office, provided to you or the person you What’s Inside:
there are many items needed to make designate.
this space a home. In a year in which Alzheimer’s Research 2
all charities are suffering decreased The “Making Memories” Campaign
Fund one of our six new public spaces Staff Roster 2
revenues due to hurricane-induced
donor fatigue, it is vitally important with a gift that may be paid over one to Guest Essay 3
eight years. The room funded will be
that we raise funds to help with the Funding Our Mission 4-5
move. You can help the Alzheimer’s named according to the donor’s wishes.
The Board Room $100,000 Emergency Preparedness 6
Association in one of two ways:
The Second Floor Lobby/Library $50,000 Education Calendar 7
The “Leave a Lasting Legacy” Family Conference Rooms $35,000 each
Campaign - Donate $250, $500, or (2 available)
$1,000 and your name will be engraved The Ground Floor Foyer $30,000 It ’s Been Coming ...
on a bronze, silver, or gold-toned leaf The Elevator $25,000 It’s
and Now It ’s Here!
on our Memory Tree. Leaves can be For more information, call 713-266- Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit
engraved in honor or in memory of a 6400, ext. 123 or download a form on (Medicare Part D)
loved one. This is a wonderful holiday our web site for the “Leave a Lasting
See Back Cover
gift idea! An attractive gift card will be Legacy” campaign: www.alztex.org/
Diet and Dementia: Staff
Excerpts from the Latest Research Chief Executive Officer
Richard C. Elbein
Green Tea Ingredient May Protect Against Alzheimer’s
EGCG (Epigallocatechin-3-gallate), an antioxidant, found Griff Godwin, CPA
in green tea, also may protect the brain from
Alzheimer’s. After injecting mice with EGCG,
University of South Florida scientists reported decreased Wilma Eakins
production of beta-amyloid, the protein fragment Development Officer
suspected of forming plaques found in the Alzheimer Maria Magee
brain. Over several months, the injections cut plaque
Program Manager, Information
formation by more than half in mice genetically altered
to develop Alzheimer’s. Humans would need to take 1,500 to 1,600 & Referral
milligrams of EGCG daily to equal the amount that helped the mice. Teri Miller, MS, OTR
(Study conducted at the University of South Florida and reported in the September 21, 2005 Program Manager, Education,
issue of the “Journal of Neuroscience.”) Training, & Research
Fruit and Veggie Juices May Help Ward off Dementia
According to research presented at the Alzheimer’s
Association International Conference on Prevention of
Dementia, antioxidants and other natural chemicals in Fran Floersheimer
fruit and vegetable juices may help shield the brain from Ellen MacDonald
dementia. Amy R. Borenstein, Ph.D., M.P.H. and Regional Offices
colleagues studied nearly 2,000 Japanese Americans for
Beaumont: Debra Brozak
an average of more than six years and found those who
reported drinking fruit and vegetable juices at least three Brazos Valley
times a week had a 75 percent lower risk of developing dementia than those Development Coordinator
who drank juice less than once a week. The researchers believe the key Shalene Breci
factor may be polyphenols, natural chemicals abundant in juices.
Information Technology Manager
(Study conducted at the University of South Florida and reported in the “Journal of
Folic Acid May Cut Alzheimer’s Risk Carolyn Deathrage
Recent research suggests that older adults who
consume at least 400 micrograms of folic acid per day 713/266-6400 or
cut their risk of Alzheimer’s by more than half. Foods 800/272-3900 (24/7)
rich in folic acid include: fortified bread products, green
leafy vegetables, fruits, whole grains, peas and beans.
This report bolsters evidence that adequate folic acid Mission Statement
may help the brain, nervous system, and heart and blood
vessels in a variety of ways. Adequate folic acid also To eliminate Alzheimer’s
lowers levels of the protein building-block homocysteine. Elevated disease through the
homocysteine is a risk factor for heart attacks and vascular diseases and advancement of research
possibly Alzheimer’s disease. and to enhance care and
support for all affected;
(From the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging – a long-running federally funded and to reduce the risk of
investigation that tracked the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease. Reported in the July 2005
dementia through the
issue of “Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.”)
promotion of brain health.
Excerpts of other dementia related research can be found on the Chapter’s web site, www.alztex.org.
Making the Most of Vacation Time
Joanne Koenig-Coste, M.Ed, Author of Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s
gives advice on traveling with a memory-impaired adult.
W hen planning time away from a familiar environment, a care partner must first consider the nature of dementia and
recognize not only the characteristics of your companion but also the symptoms that may not yet be apparent. Take into
consideration decreased attention span, lack of spontaneity, trouble with decision-making and way-finding, inability to
initiate tasks or to follow through on a chore, decreased ability to store new information or access old, an increased need
for familiarity and routine, frequent changes in emotion, over-reaction (referred to as ‘catastrophic’), verbal repetition,
pacing, loss of language, and a need for supervision or assistance with the “Activities of Daily Living” such as bathing,
dressing, and eating. Each of these directly impacts the vacation experience. A care partner can increase the patient’s
feelings of self-worth and success by reaching him or her through the positive emotions that remain intact.
1. Bring along a few favorite familiar items such as framed photographs, an afghan, pillow, or book.
2. Do not purchase new items (toothbrush, camera, clothing) but use instead the old, familiar, tried-and-true.
3. Create a theme-box by placing entertaining objects to stimulate mind and memory. A gardening theme may include
packages of seeds, books on plants, a floral calendar, an album of flower pictures, note-cards, etc. Bring out the box (or
basket) while riding in the car or when you need time to yourself.
4. Go out to restaurants, preferably familiar or favorite dining-spots, during off-hours when the room will be least crowded
and distractions minimal.
5. If your loved one seems unable to decide on a menu item, suggest something you know he enjoys or simply state “I am
having the scallops; maybe you’d like them too.”
6. Consider making gift suggestions to those who might want to give a holiday present. Gift Certificates are a wonderful
choice, old movies on video, cassette recordings of favorite humorists, herb gardens for indoor planting, and coffee
table books to be shared with care partner and visitors make fine gifts.
7. Choose familiar places for sightseeing to lessen fear of the unknown.
8. If in a public area, check on the number of exits from restrooms, to assure your loved one does not become lost.
9. Arrange in advance for someone to accompany him or her on local excursions or daily walks.
10. If a large crowd is part of vacation plans, have others take assigned turns spending one-on-one time with the AD
11. Share the diagnosis with friends and family! Do not do him the injustice of
having others wonder about the nature of his obvious behavior and/or
12. Although the sound of children may be enchanting, be aware of signs of
over-stimulation that may lead to an outburst or withdrawal.
13. Bring along favorite music tapes or CD’s to help establish a familiar and
emotionally secure ambiance while on long drives, flights, or train rides.
14. Lay out clothes the night before along with your own to avoid difficulty
with making a choice or having to sequence properly.
15. Keep the bathroom light on and the door ajar to help with way-finding
during the night…especially in unfamiliar surroundings.
16. Be prepared for the syndrome known as “sundowning” to be exaggerated
during vacation time and have ready something to keep your loved one
focused during these difficult hours between late afternoon and sunset;
this is a great time to share a video or read together.
For a copy of Joanne’s “Hints for the Holidays,” visit our web site, www.alztex.org, or call the HELPline, 713-266-6400.
FUNDING OUR MISSION
Honors Zivleys Sixth Annual Houston AWARE Family Portrait Luncheon
Luncheon chairs Tammy Jenkins (far left)
A Well Done Toast and Roast honored and Gayle Hightower (far right) welcome
Walter Zivley and sons Bruce and Perry featured speakers Reverend Monsignor
Zivley on the evening of November 3rd William “Father Bill” Pickard, J.C.D. and
at the Houston Country Club. his care partner, Calista Schneidau.
Many thanks to all of the generous
underwriters especially our major
underwriter, the Ellwood Foundation.
Rita’s Just a Memory
Galveston County’s Memory Walk was
From left to right, Bruce Zivley, Walter scheduled for September 24, the very day
Zivley, Perry Zivley, and Milo Hamilton. Hurricane Rita roared into East Texas and
grazed Galveston Island. As a result, the
Master of Ceremonies Milo Hamilton, walk was cancelled. To give supporters an
shared his own experience with the opportunity to turn in their donations and
Alzheimer’s Association and introduced to thank them for their help, the Chapter
the toasters and roasters: George hosted an exciting evening of food, fun and
Chandler, Jack Dulworth, Joseph Garnett, prizes at Tortuga’s Mexican Cantina on Wilma Eakins, Manuel Corella, Yolanda
John Hopwood, Robert Jungman, and Seawall Boulevard. At this “Rita’s Just a Corella, Mari Berend, and Richard Elbein
David Patton. A special thank-you to City Memory” celebration, a fabulous time was at the “Rita’s Just a Memory” party.
Councilman Michael Berry for introducing had by all. Monies raised to help the
the Zivleys and to Mark Jacob for Alzheimer’s Association exceeded last year’s totals by over double! Special thanks to
providing the invocation. chairs Alice Williams and Mari Berend for making it such a memorable evening!
The evening included an exciting raffle of
a Nolan Ryan signed baseball and a Roger Beaumont Bounces Back
Clemens ball. Thanks to Don Sanders and
Hurricane Rita delivered a hard blow to the Beaumont area, and resulted in our
Milo Hamilton for donating these terrific
Beaumont office being closed for about two weeks. Our neighbors to the east are
survivors. They picked up the pieces and forged ahead to raise much-needed funds
Special Thanks to our Event Chairs for the community. They held two fund raising events in the month of November.
On November 18, Board member Lynn Bencowitz and her law partner Susan Oliver
Honorary Chairs: Jack Dulworth graciously opened their office to host a joint fundraiser for the Beaumont Regional
and Deane Kanaly Office and the Triangle AIDS Network raising over $9,000 for the Chapter. Wrangling
Chairs: George Chandler, Joseph Garnett, Don Rita: A Tarp and Tape-a-Thon featured Texas bar-b-que and a silent auction.
Sanders, Marc Watts, W. Temple Webber III Hurricane survivors, following the lead of our Galveston friends, had their own Rita’s
Gold Sponsor: Locke, Liddell & Sapp, LLP Just a Memory party on November 29 at Rio Rita’s on Crockett Street. A muy bueno
time was had by all, and the Chapter says muchas gracias for the funds raised!
Silver Sponsors: Chris & Don Sanders, The
Zivley Family For more information on upcoming activities in the Beaumont area, call Debi Brozak at
Bronze Sponsors: Cochran & Baker, Dulworth the Beaumont Regional Office: 409-833-1613.
& Company, Inc., Kanaly Trust Company,
Sheehy Serpe & Ware You!
Albrecht & Associates · Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston · Atria Kingwood · Atria Westchase ·
Friend Sponsors: Amegy Bank of Texas,
Autumn Grove Cottage · Brazos Valley Area Agency on Aging · Cameo Caregivers · City of College
Michael Berry, Frank A. Liddell, Jr., Sterling Station · Community Health Charities · Kirsty Dunbar · Eisai · Forest Pharmaceuticals · Friends of
McCall Old Car Museum, James Robertson, J. Alzheimer’s Disease Research · Harris County Area Agency on Aging · Isla Caroll Turner Friendship Trust
Hugh Roff, Jr., William T. Slick, Jr., J. Virgil · Kelsey-Seybold · Richard Malinowski · The Plaza at the Buckingham · Rawley Foundation · St.
Waggoner , W. Temple Webber III Luke’s Episcopal Health Care System · Starbucks
This newsletter provided through an educational
Save The Date to Honor
Jim Nantz and Family!
Thanks to our event Sponsors and Volunteers
National Memory Walk Sponsors Platinum Sponsors 20, 2006 on
Creative Memories BP · Jaho Incorporated · Professional your
Genworth Financial Imaging, L.L.C. · Senior Asset Protection calendars,
Kindred Healthcare Services · UTMB Geriatric Services and plan to
Silver Sponsors join us for a
Chapter Presenting Sponsors Gulf Healthcare Center · Hearthstone Assisted special fund
Greater Houston Builders Association Living at the Mainland raising
Benefit Homes Project:
Beaumont Sponsors luncheon
Pioneer Homes, Darling Homes, Park Lakes,
Westheimer Lakes, Kimball Hill Homes, and Rita’s Just a Memory Party Sponsor honoring Jim
Quality Care Services, Inc. Nantz and family at the downtown
Sigma Phi Epsilon For many years, Jim has been a
Bronze Sponsor generous benefactor of the Chapter
Pilot Club of Beaumont through the Three Amigos
Friend Sponsors Foundation, an organization he
Calder Woods · Christus St. Elizabeth · founded with fellow UH alumni and
Golden Triangle Behavioral Health Center · pro-golfers Fred Couples and Blaine
Hibernia National Bank · Odyssey McCallister. Jim’s father is living with
HealthCare · Rio Rita’s Restaurant · Alzheimer’s.
The Arboretum Nursing and Rehabilitation
Center of Winnie · Sam’s Club
Special Thanks to our
Tomball Event Sponsor
Texas Sports Medicine Center Memory Walk Chairs:
Vice President of Management Services of
Colonial Oaks, Pat Chadwick, (center) is Silver Sponsor Katy - Amanda Bailey and Jennie Smith
recognized by Chapter as the leader of our Frey Properties - High Meadow Ranch Tomball - Jackie Barnes
Houston/Ft. Bend top fund raising team. Galveston - Alice Williams and Mari Berend
Houston/Ft. Bend - Vicki Delgado
Leon County - Bill Johnston
Houston/Ft. Bend Event Sponsors Baytown - Judy Wheat and Nancy Mann
AMC First Colony Theatres Bryan/College Station - Jonne Young
Noble Corporation Beaumont - Tammy Landry and Cynthia Reber
Bechtel Foundation · Houston Chronicle
Barton House · Colonial Oaks Assisted Living
and Memory Care · HCR ManorCare · Indo-
American Charity Foundation · Lisa & Robert
Bartkowiak · The Forum at Memorial Woods
Bryan/College Station Memory Walk top fund
Belmont Village · Coca-Cola North America ·
Forest Pharmaceuticals · Garden Terrace
Alzheimer’s Center · Imperial Sugar Bryan/College Station Sponsors
Company · Jackson Care Management · Black-Eyed Susan Sponsors:
Silverado Senior Living Choice Home Care · Mrs. Margaret Ann Zipp
Friends of the Brazos Valley Sponsors: The Friends of Alzheimer’s Disease Research
Galveston Event Sponsors American Homepatient · Bryan Rotary Club · leaders Laraine Brown, Celeste Martin, and
Libbie’s Place Adult Day Service · Moody Citibank · Healthwise Home Health · Home Max White orchestrated “An Affair to
Memorial First United Methodist Church Instead Senior Care · Odyssey Health Care · Remember” fair on September 17 that raised
Sheridan Care Center · St. Joseph Manor $13,000 for research!
grant from .
TIPS FOR EMERGENCY RELOCATION
Board of Directors
In an emergency, people with dementia and • Grab your cell phone and charger. 2005-2006
their caregivers may find themselves • Get yourself and the person with dementia to
uprooted or displaced to alternate living a safe place.
arrangements. Extra care and attention must • Alert others (friends, family, medical President of the Board
be made to ensure the health and safety of personnel) to the fact that you are changing Edward L. Kuntz
the people with dementia. The change of locations & provide contact information.
location, plus unfamiliar noises and activities, • Contact these individuals regularly as you Immediate Past President
may cause them increased stress and move. Ann Schmitt
confusion. And, certain behaviors of persons • Provide others with copies of the person with
with Alzheimer’s may puzzle or alarm others. dementia’s medical history, medications, and President Elect
Be Calm and Supportive • Purchase extra medications. Victor J. Narcisse, III
• Remain flexible, patient and calm - a person
with dementia will respond to the tone you set. Advance Preparations: Treasurer
• Respond to an emotion being expressed by Consider preparing an Emergency Kit in
advance. Keep it in a watertight container and Jan Johnson
the person - ask “Are you feeling
frightened?” Offer your hand or a hug. store it in an easily accessible location. Your
• Offer reassurance, such as “I will take care emergency kit might include: Secretary
of you” or “Don’t worry, you will have • Easy-on flotation devices, such as Floaties Gina D. Patterson
everything you need.” armbands.
• Don’t leave the person with Alzheimer’s • Easy on/off clothes (a couple of sets). Directors at Large
alone. Don’t ask a stranger to watch the • Velcro shoes/sneakers. Diane Bazelides
person. A person who doesn’t understand • Back-up eyeglasses.
Alzheimer’s disease and its effects, and who • Incontinence supplies. Lynn Bencowitz
doesn’t know you or the person, won’t • Wipes. Nancy Carlisle
understand how to react in a difficult situation. • Lotion (good for soothing the person). Rachelle Smith Doody
• Pillow or stuffed animal to hug.
Create a Safe Environment • Favorite items or foods. Liquid meals. Mark T. Dulworth
• Try to spend extra time with the person to • Supplies of medications. William Fisher
help him/her adjust to the new environment. • Extra identification items for the person,
• As much as possible, maintain daily routines Kurt Goeringer
such as an ID bracelet and clothing tags.
from before the disaster. For instance, James Goodwin
• Copies of legal documents, such as power
accommodate familiar eating and bathing times. of attorney. Janet Jackson-McCulloch
• Maintain regular times for going to bed and • Copies of medical documents that indicate Ginger Kanaly
arising. Establish a comfortable, secure the individual’s condition and current
sleeping environment. Michael F. Padon
• If possible, label important areas - such as • Copies of insurance and Social Security cards. Jim Saye
the bathroom and sleeping area - to help a • Zip-lock bags to hold medications and Joyce Schechter
person become oriented to the new layout. documents.
• Use simple statements to indicate the need A. Lynn Snow
• Physician’s name, address, and phone
to stay where you are. Divert attention to a numbers (including cell phone).
new topic. For example: “I know you want to AWARE Representatives
• Alzheimer’s Association phone number and
go home. For now, we need to stay here. Let’s address, and Safe Return phone number. Susan Hargarther
see if we can get some lunch.” • Recent photograph of the person with Camille Patton
• As appropriate, inform people around you dementia.
that the person has memory loss or dementia.
Take Care of Your Loved One Jr. League Representative
• If you are in someone’s home, arrange to
make the house safer by locking up • Ensure proper nutrition and hydration. Jennifer Wright
medications, toxic household supplies, sharp • Make it a priority to find a doctor and
objects, alcohol, and matches. Place pharmacy to provide for the person’s health Houston Advisory Council
nightlights throughout the house for needs. Be sure you have up-to-date medical E. Deane Kanaly
nighttime safety and orientation. information and a current list of medications.
• Limit news media exposure (TV, radio, • Take time to reminisce, share family Directors Emeritus
computer) to the disaster. photos and stories.
• Involve the person in daily activities. Get Al Malyn (1913-2004)
What ShouldA Care Partner Do?
daily exercise and get outside for fresh air Harry E. Walker
If you know a pending disaster is about to occur:
While it’s important for • Consider a neutral third person as an agent to have
everyone to plan for the future, power of attorney, especially if family members
legal plans are especially vital don’t get along
for the person with dementia. • If a power of attorney for health care document
Once a person is diagnosed and/or a signed living will is in place, give copies to
with dementia, family and physicians and other health care providers.
friends should help the person • See if the agent for the power of attorney for health
make legal plans. The sooner planning begins, the more care has authority to consent to a brain autopsy.
likely the person with dementia may be able to participate. • Consider choosing a bank to manage the estate if
you lack a family member with the time or expertise.
• All those named in the power of attorney
document need a copy of and access to the original To receive a brochure containing general information about legal
document. planning for someone with dementia, call the HELPline at 713-266-6400,
ext. 9 or download a copy at http://www.alz.org/Resources/FactSheets/
• Name a successor (back-up) agent for power of legalplans10_5.pdf.
attorney; your agent may one day be unable to act.
February 2006 Partnering with Your Doctor: A Workshop
for People with Memory Problems and Their
Basic Dementia/Respite Care Training Maintain Your Brain: A workshop designed to present strategies
Program How to Live a Brain Healthy Lifestyle and tools to help patients and care partners
This workshop is designed for professional A workshop designed to help individuals become active partners with their doctors and
and family caregivers. manage certain risk factors to maintain a other healthcare professionals.
healthy brain for general audiences. Thursday, March 30, 2006
Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 7-21, 2006 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2006 Alzheimer’s Association
Colonial Oaks @ Braeswood 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 2242 West Holcombe Blvd., Houston
7800 Stadium Dr., Houston Alzheimer’s Association
2242 West Holcombe Blvd., Houston April 2006
Lunch and Learn: Workshop Cost: $10.00
Alzheimer’s Current Trends and Clinical Practical Person-Centered Approaches to
Trials* Lunch and Learn: Disease-Related Behaviors*
Bring a sack lunch for these lunchtime topical Medicare and Medicaid Updates*
A training for experienced direct care staff in
workshops on Alzheimer’s care issues. long term care settings.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2006
12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston Hearthstone at Braeswood
1515 Hermann Drive, Houston 2555 South Braeswood, Houston
Alzheimer’s Disease: More Than Memory Loss Maintain Your Brain: How to Live a Brain
More Than Memory Loss The basics of Alzheimer’s, diagnosis, treatment Healthy Lifestyle
The basics of Alzheimer’s, diagnosis, treatment and care for individuals diagnosed with early- A workshop designed to help individuals
and care for individuals diagnosed with early- stage dementia and/or their caregivers. manage certain risk factors to maintain a
stage dementia and/or their caregivers. Tuesday, March 21, 2006 healthy brain for general audiences.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2006
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Alzheimer’s Association 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Association 2242 West Holcombe Blvd., Houston Location to be announced
2242 West Holcombe Blvd., Houston Workshop Cost: $10.00
For more information about any of these programs, contact the Alzheimer’s Association, 713-266-6400.
*Target audience: healthcare professionals, $5 donation requested.
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Help is available at: To make a donation, go to:
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Social Security Administration: http://ssa.gov/prescriptionhelp/ Enter “Alzheimer’s Association” as
Alzheimer’s Association: http://www.alz.org/ the charity name, “Houston” as the
Area Agency on Aging: 1-800-252-9240 city, and “TX” as the state.
People with lower incomes get extra help; premiums may be reduced or eliminated, On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
and other payments may be less. For assistance getting Extra Help, call the special
Help Line at the Better Business Bureau, 713-341-6186 or 1-877-468-9222.
Things you can do to get started:
• Review current coverage
• Apply for Extra Help
• Make list of current drugs If you are participating in the 2006
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