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August 16, 2021 The Star Page 5 hole lot of hoopin’ goingon Six young girls from the Rolla Dance Center entertained the residents of Park View Assisted Living in Rolla last week. Their performance focused on their ability to dance and deal with hula hoops at the same time. ple can “choose” whether to inflict harm and even commit murder. Those acts are a matter of “personal choice.” But where does that get us in our effort to fight the Delta variant, and others sure to follow? The concept of civic duty is not beyond debate, of course, for we can argue about the parameters of re- sponsibility, and when individual lib- erties should not be curtailed in the name of responsibilities to others. In the case of a pandemic, however, where the refusal to become vacci- nated provides the crucial lifeblood to a virus seeking a host, civic duty overwhelms a personal choice to re- main unvaccinated and the “right” to harm others. That’s what the US. Supreme Court said in the 1905 landmark 11111 ing in. which ethe justicesupheld a Massachusetts law that required adult residents of the state to be vaccinated against smallpox. In Jacobson v. Massachusetts, the court reasoned that the Constitution “does not im- port an absolute right in each person to be, at all times and in all circum- stances, wholly free from all re- straints.” In a case that remains the law of the land more than a century later, the justices held that the health and safety of the nation took prece- dence over the objections of Hen- nings Jacobson, who claimed that the Vaccinations (Continued from Page 4) state’s compulsory vaccination statute was “unreasonable, arbitrary and oppressive, and, therefore, hos- tile to the inherent right of every free— man to care for his own body and health in such a way as to him seems best.” Readers will recognize these arguments in the objections of those who, today, resist the Covid-19 vac- cination. For many years, states across the country have exercised sweeping “police powers” a category of au— thority that the framers of the Con— stitution entrusted to state governments to pass laws to protect the “health, morals, welfare and safety” of the people. Most of our fel— low citizens rarely object to the exer- ciseupf this authority to require, for example, immunization sof children, from. preschool through 12th grade, as a requirement to attend school. Most don’t complain, either, about mandatory seat belts or child safety seats, and most don’t object to indoor smoking prohibitions or the state laws requiring automobile own- ers to carry liability insurance. ' Passage of these laws, and others, contribute greatly to the health and safety of our neighbors. Some may View these statutes and regulations as inconvenient, and possibly an in- fringement of their freedom to make personal choices, but as the framers Canada (Continued from Page 4) All I could produce was a pained smile and slow nod. After a. couple more stern lectures about the proper paperwork and a di— rect order to keep our phones on in case we were chosen for a random COVID test, the most angry Cana— dian woman I’ve ever seen decided to let us into her country. Her ruling, however, came with a very specific warning to wear a mask everywhere we went. That’s when my passenger chimed in again, reminding me of the common-sense advice of “don’t poke $3? 581 46th Ave. in Mylo Three bedroom, one bath on approximately two acres. $110,000. GRACE REALTY ac Jessie VMickelson ‘ Broker/Owner 124 Main Ave. E, Rolla 701-477-5800 the bear... especially the female Canadian type of bear.” “I thought Canada didn’t have a mask mandate,” he said. “Well you two do,” she snapped back. With that, we were waved through. Ironically, sheets of rain were falling in front of us the whole time we were at the port. It turned out that we didn’t golf at all and just had some breakfast with an old friend. Still, we made it. We crossed the line and will do it again.... just not at that port of entry. 50 Highla St., Rlette OPEN HOUSE! Saturday, Aug. 21 9:30am to Noon RooseveltSt.’ Rock Lake Two bedroom, 1% bath on a corner lot! $39,000. For complete information, visit us on the web: 'gracerealtyllc.com of the Constitution believed, sacrifice of some personal interests as a func- tion of civic virtue is precisely what a republican form of government re- quires. If the animating principle of republicanism is somehow virtue, it would be nice to see it voluntarily in- stituted to save lives, as Americans readily and enthusiastically demon- strated in the first and second world wars. If Americans don’t line up for the Covid vascine, we can expect to see, sooner o~ later, the enactment of mandatory vaccination laws, resting on the pillars of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Jacobson v. Massachusetts. Adler is president of The Alturas Institute, created to advance Ameri- can Democracy through promotion of the Constitution, civic education, equal protection and gender equality. ' "Send questions about the Consti- tution to Dr. Adler at NDWTPCol— umn@gmail.com and he will attempt to answer them in subsequent columns. This column is provided by the North Dakota Newspaper Associa- tion and Humanities North Dakota. Medicare and. how it covers home health Dear Savvy Senior, How, does Medicare cove'r in— home health care? My husband has a chronic health condition that makes it very difficult for him to leave the house, so I’m wondering if he could qualify for Medicare home health care. Seeking Help Dear Seeking, Medicare covers a wide variety of part-time or intermittent in-home health care services to beneficiaries in need, if they meet Medicare’s cri— teria. Here’s how it works. In order for your husband to se- cure coverage for home health care, Medicare first requires that he be homebound. This means that it must be extremely difficult for him to leave home, and he needs help doing so either from another person or medical device like a cane, wheel- chair, walker or crutches. He will then need to have a face- to-face meeting with his doctor to get a home health certification confirm- ing that he needs skilled—nursing care or skilled-therapy services from a physical or speech therapist on a part—time basis. His doctor can also request the services of an occupational therapist and a personal care aide to assist with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing and using the bath— room. His doctor must renew and certify his home health plan every 60 days. He will also need to use a home health agency that is certified by Medicare. If he meets all of the require- ments, Medicare should pay for his in—home health care. But be aware that Medicare will not pay for personal care aide serv— ices (for bathing, dressing, using the bathroom, etc.) alone if he does not need skilled—nursing or skilled-ther- , HOP LOCAL EAT LOCAL. SPEHDLOOAL “ENJOY-L0 ' IT TAKES Y0" T0 START TllE TIEIB. SUPPORT THE LOCAL BUSINESSES HO SUPPORT THE AREA WHERE YO ; LIVE, WORK AND PLAY. Th "(l m u a l \7 i I I a Fa i r i n. Ru g b 9 “Pet u m s! Sunday, August 22 9- pm. Prairie Village Museum Food Trucks Pickle on a Stick Pancake Breakfast 911 Ice Cream Root Beer & Root Beer Floats N01,, Silent Movies PennyCandy h Dakot a Furbearers Blacksmithing Demonstration Iii} II\\'_\‘ 3 SIC Rugby, \I) 58308 f:y .;t Hill -7) ()«ll Ir-l #Altru' 2" AT HEART OF AMERICA JOHNSON CLINICS Now providing a shared obstetrics program partnering with Altru Health System and Trinity Health. Expectant mothers can receive compassionate prenatal care, through 32 weeks of pregnancy, includingyour ultrasound and lab appointments. .t- THE ’9 I . By Jirn Miller apy services too. Homemaker serv- ices, such as shopping, meal prepa- ration and cleaning are not covered either. . If your husband has original Medicare, you can locate a Medicare-certified home health agency by calling 800-633-4227 or by visiting Medicare.gov/care-com— pare. If he has a Medicare Advantage plan, you should contact his plan di- rectly and ask which home health agencies work with the plan and are within the plan’s network of providers. For more detailed information on how Medicare covers in-home health, see the “Medicare and Home Health’ Care” online booklet at Medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/10969- Medicare-and-Home—Health- Care.pdf. Other Options If your husband does not qualify for Medicare home health care cov- erage, there are other coverage op- tions depending on your situation. Here are several that may apply to you: Insurance: If you happen to have long-term care insurance, check to see if it covers in-home care. Or if you have a life insurance policy, see if it can be utilized to pay for care. Medicaid: If your income is low, your husband may qualify for Medi- caid, which offers different home and community—based services that can , pay for in-home care. To investigate this, contact your local Medicaid of— fice. Also see if PACE — which stands for “Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly” — is available in your area (see NPAonline.org). PACE pro— vides in-home care, including help with activities of daily living, such as meals, dental and medical care, among other benefits. Veterans Benefits: If your hus- band is a veteran, the VA also offers some benefits that can help. Two pro- grams to inquire about are “Aid and Attendance or Housebound Al- lowances” and the “Veteran-Directed Care” program. Both programs pro- vide monthly financial benefits to el- igible veterans that can help pay for I in—home care. To learn more, contact your regional VA benefit office (see Benefits.va.gov/benefits/offices.asp or call 800—827—1000). To look for these and other pro- grams in your area that can help pay your husband’s home care, go to PayingForSeniorCare.com and click on “Find Financial Assistance for Care” to access their Eldercare Fi- nancial Assistance Locator tool. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, PO. Box Nor- man, OK 73070, or visit SavvySe- nior.0rg. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior ” book. . V , Heart of America Johnson Clinic providers offering prenatal care during your pregnancy include Jenna Thompson, FNP; Jana Knutson, FNP-C; Nicole Lemieux, PA-C TRINITY HEALTH and Gail Danielson, PA. at ~ e910 013323;} i i n};- 5‘ Rugby 701 .776.5235 Dunseith 701.544.5694