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North Carolina seniors have been early beneficiaries of one of the lowest-cost Medicare supplement insurance policies available anywhere. When State Mutual Insurance Company received approval from a number of state insurance commissions late in 2010 for its new low cost product, North Carolina immediately updated its Senior Health Insurance Information website, (www.ncdoi.com/medisupp/citizen/search/asp) with the information. As a result, North Carolina seniors were the first to have information about this new low cost insurance.

“We had this product developed and submitted for approval in about half of the 50 states,” said Dee Yancey III, president and CEO of State Mutual Insurance Company. “While it’s approved in a number of other places, North Carolina went ahead before we had been able to start advertising it and put the information on its Senior Health Insurance Information website,” he said.

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A day at the beauty salon started out like most hair appointments for Ruth Lyons. Her stylist rolled Lyons’ hair up, while they exchanged conversation. Then, it was off to the dryer for a few minutes. What happened next would change everything.

“After my hair dried, I got up and walked to the stylist’s chair to have the curlers removed. The chair broke and so did my femur,” said the 78-year-old Lyons. “I couldn’t even move.”

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In 2010, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital’s Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center treated nearly 16,000 patients. The Center provides therapies for outpatient, surgical, rehabilitation and longterm care services, allows local and seasonal residents access to services close to home and often makes a significant difference in attained levels of physical function and capacity.

“There is certainly a growing need for more rehabilitation services in the area, and since our expansion to the Cashiers community a few years back, we have been able to meet those demands,” said Alan Frederick, physical therapist and program director. “I believe the recent growth particularly reflects the addition of Amy Nader, Cashiers Physical Clinic’s supervising physical therapist, and our excellent staff.

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After the first of the year, the Macon County Department of Public Health and Healthy Carolinians of Macon County issued the State of the County’s Health Report for 2010. The annual report provides the most current data on a number of leading health indicators, including county demographics, leading causes of death, chronic disease mortality rates, injury prevention efforts, access to care, maternal and child health indicators and health promotion efforts in the county. The report helps inform community leaders, support organizations and others about the county’s progress on various health issues.

“We use the reports ... to help develop policy and plan programs so that we can use our resources efficiently and put them where we need them the most,” explained Becky Barr of the Macon County Department of Public Health.

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