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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, November 18, 1993, Page PAGE 14-A, Image 14

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Caring Program For Children Helps Bridge Health Care Gap BY SUSAN USHER It's a scenario repeated in house holds across Brunswick County and North Carolina. One or both parents work, earning barely enough money to get by but too much to get any kind of govern ment assistance. They can't afford health insurance coverage for their children and their kids aren't getting regular medical attention. Sometimes it becomes a choice of taking a sick child to the doctor or paving that month's rent or utility bill. While most children age 6 and younger qualify for some assistance, only about half of the children living at or near poverty are eligible for Medicaid after age 6 Statewide, the program estimates there 226,000 children living in poverty who are not covered by public or private health insurance who may not be getting the routine health care they need. In North Carolina a non-profit charitable organization formed six years ago to try to plug the gap. The Caring Program for Children gives free health insurance to low-income, uninsured North Carolina children ? the children of the working poor. North Carolina is one of 16 stales and four urban areas with a Caring Program. The program is sponsored in the state by the N.C. Council of Churches in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Carolina Physicians' Health Plan, state government and individual sponsors. Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the insurance carrier. This year a $1 million state ap propriation coupled with private grants will allow the program to pro vide health insurance for 2.242 chil dren. In Brunswick County an estimat ed 1.500 children qualify for the Caring Program, hut only 15 will be enrolled as of December I, said Nina Massey. client-relations man ager for the Durham-based group. The program assures needy chil dren access to health services that include preventive care, such as im munizations and well-child visits, doctor office visits when ill. diag nostic tests and surgical procedures that do not require a hospital stay, and emergency medical and accident Local Groups , Individuals < To increase the number of families it can serve, the Caring Program for Children accepts contributions for sponsorships. In Southport, Sacred Heart Catholic Church spon sored seven children this spring after the Rev. Joe Vetter shared information about the program. Jim and Mary Riese of Boiling Spring l-akes coor dinated the effort, with parishioners saving money as their Lenten "rice bowl" project. "This is something my husband and I were very enthused about." Mrs. Riese said. "It's doing some thing that stays right here. It helps the children of peo ple who work and still can't afford health care." Members raised enough money to sponsor 3M chil dren and the church matched the sum out of its budget. Seven children, none of whom happened to live within the parish boundaries, were referred to the program by the county health and social service agencies. The cost of sponsoring one child for one year is an Help Sponsor Children $264, which is fully tax-deductible. Tlie entire sum goes to pay the insurance premium; grants pay the pro gram's operating costs. Organizations or groups such as churches, civic clubs or schools, and individuals, including employers, who contribute the full amount can choose to sponsor a specific child. Contributions of any size can lie used to help sponsor children in specific counties. A seventh grade class at Mendenhall Middle School in Greensboro last year raised more than $ 10.000 for the program, collecting pennies for six months. It has challenged other middle school age stu dents to join a similar statewide project. Caring Makes Cents. For more information on The Caring Program for Children or Caring Makes Cents, to nominate a child for enrollment, to make a pledge or to request a speak er for a local group, contact The Caring Program for Children. P.O. Box 610, Durham, N.C. 27702 or call 1-800-742- KIDS. Shallotte Considering Timberland Lease As Part Of Sewer System Expansion Plan BY DOUG R UTTER Shallotte Aldermen Paul Wayne Reeves and Wilton Harrelson, who have served the community a com bined 26 years, got some good news Tuesday night when they attended their final meeting as town officials. The town's consulting engineer is working on a deal that could provide enough property to more than dou ble the sewer system treatment ca pacity without costing the taxpayers a fortune. Engineer Finley Boney of Raleigh said Federal Paper Board is interest ed in working out a long-term lease that would allow the town to spray treated wastewater on paper compa ny timberland. Boney said the arrangement would benefit both parties. Shallotte would get the land it needs to dis pose of its treated effluent, and Federal Paper would get free irriga tion for its valuable trees. The engineer said Federal Paper officials told him last week the com pany is willing to lease about 200 acres near the sewer plant. Between 60 and 65 acres would be suitable for spray irrigation by the town. Boney also said there's a possibil ity the town could acquire the use of another 20 to 30 "good acres" of Carnegie Steel property in the same area, northeast of town. Boney said Federal Paper is inter ested in a long-term lease, possibly for 75 or 90 years. He said Shallotte could get use of the land for as little as S 1 per year. "That beats buying it by a whole lot of bucks," said Harrelson, who has served 10 years on the board. "That's good news." Boney said the 60 to 65 acres of usable property would allow the town to add 250,000 to 275,000 gal lons per day (gpd) to its treatment capacity. The current capacity is 206. (KM) gpd. Boney said he hopes to have a recommendation for the town hoard before the end of the year. If the pro posal goes through, he said the town would need to add a storage lagoon to help handle the additional capaci ty Amendments Approved The town board approved three changes to the zoning code Tuesday night, including two th;>t relax re strictions on existing lots and build ings that do not meet minimum stan dards. Aldermen voted to delete a sec tion of town code that requires all lots not served by public water or sewer systems to meet minimum lot sizes established by the county health department. Shallotte has its own minimum lots sizes for properties in the town's one-mile extraterritorial area that are not served by public utilities. Lots must lie at least 15,(XX) square feet in the RA-15 and RAM-15 residen tial districts and 20,000 square feet in the B-2 commercial district. Two other code changes approved Tuesday deal with "non-conforming uses," which are existing land or building uses that do not conform with the town's zoning ordinances. The board extended from 90 days to 180 days the period in which non conforming uses may be discontin ued without having to be brought in to compliance. The rule can be applied in cases where a non-conforming house or business is destroyed by fire. Owners now have 180 days, instead of 90 days, to start rebuilding. Aldermen also approved a code change that will allow the develop ment of any lot that doesn't meet minimum lot size standards as long as setback requirements are met. Structures must be set back at least 10 feel from side-yard lot lines, 25 feet from front-yard lines and 20 feet from rear-yard lines. There were no comments on the jjf8"* 2ND flNNUflL " Hope Harbor Holiday Fung Saturday, November 20 10 am-2:30 pm Sea Trail Plantation/Jones Byrd Club House Luncheon Served 12 noon Golf Demonstration ? Vendors' Booths 'Auction Health Information & Screening Speaker: James J. Gallagher. Ph.D. "Fathers in the 21st Century" Ticket Price $15-Availabie From Jim Love 579-4928 or Jana Martin 579-0048 Sponsored By: Seaside United Methodist Church & Community Outreach to benefit Hope Harbor Home for ^ A Domestic Violence & Battered Women CI 993 THE BRUNSWICK BEACON SULTS Use the Classifieds whether you're buying or selling. THE BRUNSWICK&BEACON 7S4-689Q -j changes during a public hearing held at the start of Tuesday night's meet ing. Merry Christmas In other matters Tuesday, the town board formally approved S1(M) Christmas bonuses for all employ ees. The money was included in the 1993-94 budget adopted in June. Besides employees. Reeves said the town should give something to members of the Shallotte Volunteer Fire Department. "We get more for less out of them than anybody who works for us," Reeves said. "We ought to give them more recognition." Mayor Sarah Tripp said the town board didn't include bonus money in the budget for firefighters. "We talked about it last year but didn't do anything about it," Reeves said. Shallotte will hold its annual Christmas party for officials, em ployees and volunteers on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the town maintenance garage. New board members Carson Durham and Bill Allen will be in stalled at that time. Form Approved Developers, residents or property owners who bring proposals before the Shallotte Planning Board from now on will be required to fill out a special form in advance. Aldermen approved the form Tuesday at the planning board's re quest. "What we're trying to do is get organized so we can do our home work ahead of time," said Durham, chairman of the board. "This is just an in-house type thing to help us do a better job." Mayor Tripp said information re quired on the new form will im prove the decision-making process. Aldermen are expected to make several appointments to the planning board next month. The terms of both representatives from the extraterrito rial area (ETJ) will expire, and there could be three other vacant seats. Durham, who will resign from the board when he starts serving as an alderman, said Tuesday he knows a few people who are interested in serving on the planning board. "People are very interested about what's going on in Shallotte. You've got a good group of people here," he said. Aldermen also are expected to make appointments to the Shallotte ABC Board at their Dec. 21 meet ing. North Carolina State Grange and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina are names you can trust. Send us this coupon, and our agent will contact you about special programs for Grange Members ' Name Address Individual ? 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Primary preventive care is the main focus, and for good reason. According to (he Children's Defense Fund, each dollar spent on immu nizations saves rron: than $10 by re ducing childhood illness and death. "Hie program contracts with "Caring Partners," doctors or clinics that agree to accept as their payment the portion of charges that Blue Cross and Blue Shield will pay. That means there is no cost at all to fami lies when they see a contract physi cian. Parents can take children to other doctors, hut have to pay the differ ence between what the insurance company pays and the actual charges. "When a family calls to enroll a child, what we do is find out the physician they want to see and send a packet of information inviting them to become a "Caring Partner," said Massey. Presently there is only one "Car ing Partner" provider each in Bruns wick and New Hanover counties. Dr. Keith Reschly of Southport and Dr. Melvin Watson of Wilmington. There is no provider in Columbus County. To be eligible, a child must not be covered by private insurance, or be eligible for Medicaid. He or she must be under age 19, single, enrol led in school if of school age, and living in a family whose income is no greater than 25 percent above federal poverty level. Generally a family of four would qualify if its gross monthly income were no more than $21,528. Children with existing conditions qualify for coverage. Energy Assistance Deadline Is Nov. 24, DSS Head Says A statewide mailing to food stamp recipients incorrectly stated the deadline for applying for low-in come energy assistance, says Bruns wick County Social Services Direc tor Jamie Orrock. "The deadline was not Nov. 12 ? it is the 24th." Orrock said. "We will take applications up through next Wednesday at 5 p.m." Low-income families should he encouraged to apply for the funds, he added, saying that most food stamp. Supplemental Security In come (SSI) recipients and one-per sun households with incomes of less than $6(X) should also qualify for help with their energy bills. Low-income energy assistance is a statewide program which makes lump sum payments directly to indi viduals for help defraying the costs of their winter heating bills. Last year, each eligible family received about $10<) in two payments. This amount of this year's alloca tion will depend upon the number of recipients approved for the program, Orrock said. Participants will re ceive their first check around Feb. 1, he added. Start A Lighthouse Collection This Christmas! Greeting Card* ar Gift.* 910-579-8984 We also carry lighthouse prints tee-shirts and sivcatshirts. Amish Wooden Houses Puzzles ? Bird Houses |Coasters that absorb water ? English Placemats Fenton Glass ? Nautical Boxed Christmas Cards ljny-awa\) now for Christmas! Free gift wrapping Open daily Mon.-Sat. 10-5:30 ?*?*? Hwy. 904 between Ocean Isle and Sunsel i? ? 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