Day: October 7, 2013

“Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death” by Katy Butler

“Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death” by Katy Butler c.2013, Scribner $25.00 / $28.99 Canada 322 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your mind’s made up. There’s no going back once you’ve made a choice between Door Number One or Door Number Two. You’re not a waffler, you weighed pros and cons, and you’re confident you picked correctly. Or not. Indeed, the worst part about making a decision can be the regret that’s possible at the end of the choice. And in the new book “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” by Katy Butler, a seemingly no-brainer decision tears a family apart. Jeff Butler cheated death many times. As a child, he narrowly missed dying in a car accident. In World War II, he lost an arm, but not his life. And in November 2001, at age 79, he suffered a stroke that nearly killed him. A year later, he received a pacemaker. And that, says his daughter Katy, kept him alive but didn’t “prevent his slide into dementia, incontinence, near-muteness, misery, and helplessness.” Jeff and his wife Val were forward thinkers. He was a college professor. She was a perfectionist with fierce drive. They had been “in control of their lives, and they did not expect to lose control of their deaths.” But that’s exactly what happened: as Jeff’s health continued to decline,...

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What you need to know about Cover Oregon

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes  As of Oct. 1, Cover Oregon, a health insurance exchange, has been offering healthcare insurance to more than half a million currently uninsured Oregonians. Under the program, which was established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, residents can submit a single application and receive a variety of options for purchasing health and dental insurance as well as potential subsidies for those who cannot afford to enroll outright. “The exchange is a tool, it’s about health and the health of Oregonians,” said Rocky King, executive director of Cover Oregon. “We’re trying get people coverage that will enhance their lives from a health standpoint.” For the first two weeks of open enrollment, prospective clients of Cover Oregon are encouraged to consult with a local agent (see sidebar, Page 6, for a listing of Keizer agents), who will help guide them through the application process and determine which options are available to them. On Oct. 15, Oregonians will be able to apply directly through the Cover Oregon website, The website has translations for Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese language speakers and includes a calculator to determine eligibility for tax credits. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the October 4 print...

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Keizer agents offering Cover Oregon assistance

Between now and Oct. 15, Cover Oregon officials suggest visiting with local agents who have been trained in assisting clients who want to sign up up for health insurance through the Cover Oregon marketplace. Here’s who you can turn to for help in Keizer: Virgil Barth Insurance Services 503-585-8747 Bay Inurance Agency, Inc. 3905 River Rd N. 503-393-6612 Sean Connor Insurance Agency Inc. 5720 Inland Shores Way N. 503-393-2433 Georganna Dowse-Pfnister Paul Pfnister 505-393-0138 Health Marketing NW Inc. 503-999-4264 Sandi Martin (offers Spanish language assistance) 503-569-9304 Medicare Choices 503-680-8866 David Pun 503-930-7222 Rick J Roemer Co., LLC 503-390-8011 USA Benefits Group 503-463-4238 State Farm 4952 River Rd N. Keizer, Oregon 97303 503-390-1069 Pacific Benefit Planning, LLC...

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