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MMAP helps seniors apply for Medicare savings

GENESEE COUNTY — As health care costs continue to rise, seniors need more help than ever to pay for their Medicare and prescription drug premiums.

The MMAP (Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program) is a free counseling program that can help seniors apply for a Medicare Savings Program and compare and enroll in Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage. The program is free and provides unbiased, expert health benefit guidance.

Counselors are available to help seniors and people with disabilities understand their premium costs, determine if they’re eligible for premium payment assistance and enroll them in money-saving programs.

Learn more in the attached press release, or contact Region VII Area Agency on Aging at 1- 800-803-7174. — G.G.

Kidney cancer support group is back

FLINT — The next meeting of the Kidney Cancer Educational Support Group will be Sept. 12 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, 302 Kensington Ave., Flint. (off Robert T. Longway Blvd.-Between I- 475 & Dort Hwy.) Featured Speaker: Shahin Ip, program manager of Gilda’s club of Metro Detroit. Topic: “Services Available at Gilda’s Club for Cancer Survivors.”

The club is an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community and has more than 70 volunteers. The meeting is open to the general public.

Details: Call 810-232-8233 or 810-762-8226 or e-mail at — G.G.

FYT open house is Aug. 27

FLINT — Flint Youth Theatre is hosting its fourth annual Open House Aug. 27 from 5-8 p.m. Community members of all ages and interests are invited to experience the joy of a drama class, the thrill of an audition and the wonder of a backstage tour.

This free event will take place at FYT, located at 1220 E. Kearsley St. in the Flint Cultural Center.

Guests can participate in or observe activities such as auditions, improvisation performances, drama classes and backstage tours, highlighting FYT’s broad range of performance and education opportunities. FYT staff, including the new executive artistic and associate artistic director, students and parents will talk with guests about the various programs and about their experiences at FYT.

Brochures and fliers about FYT programming will be available for guests to take home. The information will include details about productions in the 2012-2013 Signature Series, Off the Press, Learning Through Theatre and Special Events as well as FYT Drama School classes and the InterACT program. All guests will be eligible for prize drawings and special offers. Refreshments will be provided.

Details: Call 810-237-1530 or visit — G.G.

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