Free Medicare basics, open enrollment forum to be held at Luepke Center Oct. 17

VANCOUVER — The city of Vancouver and Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) are sponsoring a free Medicare forum from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mon., Oct. 17, at the Luepke Senior Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd. (behind the Marshall Community Center).


The forum will include a short presentation at the beginning, with plenty of time for one-on-one consultation with qualified SHIBA advisors about Medicare basics, open enrollment and comparing plans and options for 2017.


No appointments or registration is required — participants are encouraged to just show up. No vendors are invited.
The city is offering this forum as part of Vancouver Parks and Recreation’s 50 and Better Program. For more information about this program, pick up a copy of The Messenger newspaper or visit


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Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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