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Evaluation, City Conditions
Lead To Fourth Year Plan
THESE ELDERLY GENTLEMEN, residents of Astor Dowdy Tower,
are among the millions of older Americans eligible for Medicare and Medi
Medicare, Medicaid Defined
(The following is reprinted from The Chronicle, a publication of the
Tulsa, Okla., Model Cities program. The article is used by permission.)
Both Medicare and Medicaid help pay medical bills.
Both Medicare and Medicaid are part of the Social Security Act.
Medicare and Medicaid work together, but are not the same.
Here’s the difference:
MEDICARE is for people 65 or older.
Almost everybody 65 or older, rich or poor can have Medicare.
Some people 65 or older can have both Medicare and Medicaid.
MEDICAID is for certain kinds of needy and low income people:
the aged (65 or older)
members of families with dependent children
some other children
MEDICARE is an insurance program. Money from trust funds pays medical
bills for insured people.
MEDICAID is an assistance program. Money from federal, state, and local
taxes pays medical bills for eligible people.
MEDICARE is a Federal program. Medicare is the same all over the
MEDICAID is a Federal-State partnership. States design their own Medicaid
programs within Federal guidelines. Medicaid varies from State to State.
MEDICARE HOSPITAL INSURANCE:
Provides basic protection against costs of inpatient hospital care, post
hospital extended care, post hospital home health care.
MEDICARE MEDICAL INSURANCE:
Provides supplemental protection against costs of physicians services,
medical services and supplies, home health care services, out patient
hospital services and therapy, and other services.
Pays for at least these services: inpatient hospital care, outpatient hospital
services, other laboratory and X-ray services, physicians’ services, screening,
diagnosis and treatment of children.
Pays part —but not all —of hospital and medical costs for people who
Can pay what Medicare does not pay for people who are eligible for
TO APPLY FOR MEDICARE, GO TO YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE.
TO APPLY FOR MEDICAID GO TO YOUR SOCIAL SERVICES (WEL
The casual visitor to the Model
Cities office (City Demonstration
Agency, or CDA) will find a buzz
of activity these days as the agency
flows toward its Fourth Action Year
In this all-important planning pro
cess, two projects have been under
taken to impact upon the Fourth
Year Action Plan.
One is being carried out by the
CDA staff itself, and is coordinated
by the Information and Evaluation
division: a thorough evaluation of all
ongoing projects now under contract
by Model Cities.
Since Christinas is only a month
away, it’s time you thought about
buying your gifts — within your budget,
If you haven’t made your list al
ready, do it right away. The further
in advance you plan for your purchases,
Based on what you spent last year
for gifts, determine how much you can
spend this season. (Learn from your
past mistakes!) Set a limit for each
person on your list.
Large families should consider draw
ing names at Christmas time.
When you shop, keep an open mind:
instead of trying to find “exactly the
right gift,” regardless of cost, try to
find reasonable items to substitute.
And instead of buying a gift for one
particular person, choose things that
could be given to any number of
Try making your own gifts if you
sew, bake, paint or if you have other
craft skills. Not only is this method
more economical in most cases, its
more meaningful to the receiver, and
more fun in the long run!
Keep your eye on prices that have
been raised especially to capitalize on
the Christmas season. Since merchants
make the majority of their profits be
tween now and the end of the year,
they want to make the most of seasonal
shoppers. It’s up to you to boycott
items you think are overpriced.
Don’t overspend your pocketbook,
even if it is Christmas time. You’ll
pay for it later. That Christmas cheer
doesn’t spread too far into January
when bill time rolls around.
Unit Mobilized I Tenants Meeting Postponed
The Mobile Information' unit has
a new home.
Last week it was moved from Hulda
Street, where it has been located since
last winter, to the comer of Vail and
S. Elm Streets.
It will be maimed by staff members
of Model Cilies’ Citizen Participation
Ilie trailer is used as an outreach
post for the Southside, as well as for
neighborhood meetings organized by
All Model Neighborhood residents
are invited to come by the mobile unit
on its new site for any information
needed on Model Cities projects or on
Lack of response from tenants from
the public housing units of Carson
Stout, Astor Dowdy, J. C. Morgan, and
Cedar Street has caused a delay in a
mass meeting planned in December
by the Resident Council Association.
The announcement was made by
Resident Council chairman Judy Har
mon of the Clara Cox Tenants’ Coun
cil after a two-day series of meetings
last week to discuss plans for the
The meeting was to be designed as
a forum for tenants’ problems in pub
lic housing. At the preliminary discus
sions last week, only representatives
from Clara Cox and Daniel Brooks
Not only will the I & E project
staff be involved in the careful analy
sis of the performance and expendi
tures of all operating agencies, but
also the principal planners. Such ele
ments as personnel policies, coordina
tion with other agencies, and budgets
will be examined in depth.
The outcome of these in-house pro
ject evaluations, to be completed by
Christmas, will then be discussed with
the directors themselves, and recom
mendations be made to the task forces
and to the Executive Committee of
the Model City Commission.
It is hoped by the CDA staff that
projects with a poor “track record”
can either be improved or their bud
gets trimmed accordingly. On the
other hand, projects with better per
formance records could benefit from
this reshifting of funds.
Whatever the outcome of the CDA
staff evaluation of projects, it will be
the task forces, and eventually the
Model City Commission itself who
will be asked to make the final de
cisions about the fate of each project.
The CDA staff itself has no power to
decrease or increase budgets, or re
design a project without the approval
of Model City Commissioners.
This close evaluation will simply
enhance the decision-making process
for the fourth year, and provide task
force members and Commissioners
with new perspectives regarding the
In another effort to enhance the
planning process for the Fourth Year,
consultant Earl Redwine has been
hired to write city-wide condition
statements in the areas of health and
social services, employment and eco
nomic development, education, and
crime and juvenile delinquency.
In the past, condition statements
had been written with particular em
phasis on the Model Cities target
neighborhood only. As city-wide task
forces become a reality, and the plan
ning effort of Model Cities has ex
panded to include High Point as a
whole. Model Cities planners believe
a comprehensive look should be taken
at the city. , .
These condition statements will
document on paper the needs and
weaknesses found in the High Point
community, and perhaps point the
way toward filling these gaps.
Says Ms. Harmon, “The only way
we can have a mass meeting of every
body is if the tenants themselves sup
port it.” At this point, plans to re
schedule the city-wide meeting are not
‘ We have to see whether the other
tenants are interested, and try to get
them involved,” she said.
The monthly meetings of the Resi
dent Council Association, made up
the tenant council presidents from all
public housing units in High Point,
will be rotated from project to pro
ject from now on, she said, to in
WHATS HAPPENING is published
bimonthly by the Model City Com
mission of High Point, North Carolina,
William S. Bencini, Mayor; Dr. Ot's
E. Tillman, Commission Chairman;
Don J. Fomey, Past Director; Wayne
S. Pray, Acting Director; Cecil A.
Brown, Information and Evaluation
Specialist. Offices of the agency are
located at 609 S. Main St, High P(^,
N. C. 27260. Telephone 885-9081.
The preparation of this magazine
and its free distribution were financially
aided and made possible through a
federal grant from the United States
Department of Housing and Urban
Development under Title I of the
Demonstration Cities and Metrc^litan
Act of 1966.