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AUDIO SLIDESHOW: First annual Queens Kids’ Expo


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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It was all fun and games – with an emphasis on families and education — at The Queens Courier’s first annual Kids’ Expo this past weekend.

Close to 1,500 people attended. Hundreds of children were able to play with games and interactive models at the New York Hall of Science while their parents absorbed useful information from 50 various vendors about summer camps, children’s health, deals, tutoring and fun activities and places, such as the Queens Zoo.

“You come here and you find a lot that you need as a parent,” said Laura Reyes of Forest Hills.

Reyes was talking to New York Life Insurance about setting up an account for her five-year-old daughter, LeAnna Baez.

“I get information, she has fun, it’s a win-win situation.”

Children indulged in cotton candy, face painting, airbrush tattoos, spin art and a photo booth provided by Frankie’s Carnival Time. There was also kite making and entertainment by a clown from the Big Apple Circus.

A live minion, the short, yellow creatures from the movie “Despicable Me,” and Snoopy from the Charlie Brown cartoon greeted kids as well.

The event was sponsored by EmblemHealth, Party City, jetBlue, Rapid Realty, the Big Apple Circus, Frost Valley YMCA, North Shore Animal Hospital, Fidelis Care, Happy Family Foods, Frankie’s Carnival Time, American Style Baby and Caliper Orthodontics.

Vendors had the opportunity to talk with parents and introduce their products and services.

The expo “is giving us great exposure,” said Morgan Chen, head trainer at Title Boxing Club. “We’re due to open May 1. We came out here to get our name out there and get some pre-registrants.”

Some attendees went home with raffle prizes including gift cards, gift baskets, a stroller, Big Apple Circus tickets and Broadway tickets donated by Queens businesses.

And there were grand prizes to raffle off as well. Sharon Seales won a five-day, four-night trip to Cancun, Mexico, donated by The Creative Group, while Nneka Wharton won an iPad donated by Rapid Realty and Shanae Barrett won a two-week stay at Frost Valley YMCA sleep-away camp.

One hundred percent of the raffle proceeds will go to Life’s WORC.

“I think what made the day so successful was the variety of vendors – everything from baby products to home improvement,” said Amy Amato, VP of Events. “We gave parents the opportunity to speak to experts and receive a lot of information under one roof while children had fun. The giveaways and prizes added great energy and excitement. Everyone left with a smile!”

-SLIDESHOW AND ARTICLE BY LIAM LA GUERRE  

 

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Fidelis Care encourages seniors to compare the 3 P’s when considering plans


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Open Enrollment for Medicare is going on — a busy seven-week period through December 7 — that Fidelis Care has been preparing for all year long.

With three Medicare Advantage and two Dual Advantage plans offered for 2013, Fidelis Care underwent a thorough process of developing and fine tuning benefits and services that focus on key areas of interest for seniors — like $0 monthly plan premiums, $0 or low copays for doctor visits, $0 prescription drug deductibles, and other “value-added” benefits.

These include vision and dental care, flexible spending accounts, transportation, and “over-the-counter” cards that function as monthly debit cards for the purchase of health-related, non-prescription items at local drug stores.

“Listening to feedback from our members was essential as we prepared our 2013 Medicare and Dual Advantage plans,” said Pam Hassen, Fidelis Care’s chief marketing officer. “We’re proud to offer a variety of benefit options in 2013 that will continue to help seniors save money, while also encouraging them to take good care of their health.”

In addition to serving those who are eligible for Medicare, Fidelis Care has always had a special focus on reaching “dual eligibles” – those who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid coverage. Because these individuals often have complex health needs, Fidelis Care emphasizes the importance of care management in addition to other key benefits that are part of its Dual Advantage plans. Through a Nurse Care Manager, Fidelis Care provides individualized support for members, helping them manage chronic illnesses like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Fidelis Care’s 3 P’s of Choosing a Medicare Plan:

• Providers – Are there choices of doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies that will provide you with easy access to care?

• Product – Are the features and benefits of the product aligned with your health care needs and concerns?

• Price – Is the price for the product a good value when considering the benefits and coverage offered? What are the doctor and specialist copays? What is the monthly plan premium?

Fidelis Care has designed a Personal Benefits Worksheet, available athttp://www.fideliscare.org/downloads/mcare2013/2013%20Medicare%20Personal%20Benefits%20Worksheet.pdf, to help guide the comparison process.

“Comparing Medicare benefits can seem complicated, but we are here as a resource – not only during Open Enrollment but also throughout the year – to help individuals do their homework and choose the plan that’s right for them,” said Hassen. “It’s important to make an appointment for a home visit from a Fidelis Care representative, attend a local seminar, bring a family member or friend, and ask questions. It’s about having peace of mind that your Medicare coverage will work for you, and that your doctor and your plan will be your partners in helping you stay healthy.

For information on Fidelis Care’s Medicare products, call toll-free at 1-800-860-8707 or visit www.fideliscare.org. For additional information on Medicare, visitwww.medicare.gov.