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HealthPlus recognizes first 30-year employee

FLINT — HealthPlus of Michigan recently recognized the first employee to reach 30 years of service for the 32-year-old company. Ophelia Stradwick began working at HealthPlus as a clerk/typist and then spent most her career in the company’s Provider Documentation, Medicaid and Claims Departments. Her current role is pend and edit claims specialist for HealthPlus.

“We are proud to have an employee that has been with HealthPlus for nearly as long as the company has operated,” said HealthPlus President and CEO Bruce Hill. “We look forward to more employees reaching the 30-year milestone as HealthPlus continues to grow and succeed.”

Stradwick, a Flint resident, earned a master’s degree in human resources administration from Central Michigan. — G.G.

Rite Aid has shingle vaccine in stock

GENESEE COUNTY — In response to reports the shingles vaccine is in short supply and on backorder for health care providers nationwide, Rite Aid is reminding patients that nearly 1,900 local Rite Aid pharmacies have the vaccine in stock. In most of the states where Rite Aid operates, pharmacists can administer the vaccine to walk-in patients age 60 and older.

Patients wishing to get vaccinated against shingles can enter their zip code at to find the most convenient Rite Aid location. Patients should call first to see if appointments are necessary and for the cost, which varies with insurance coverage. Nearly all insurance including Medicare Part D plans will cover at least some of the cost. — G.G.

Gas prices dropping

LANSING — Average retail gasoline prices in Michigan have fallen 6.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.11 per gallon yesterday, Feb. 13. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.12 per gallon, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Michigan during the past week, prices yesterday were 62.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 3.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 4.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 50.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. — G.G.

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