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Week Of Special Interest 12/18/19
 
Photo courtesy: Comfort Dental
 

By La Voz Staff
News@lavozcolorado.com
 
12/18/2019

Comfort Dental offers free care on December 23rd

All Comfort Dental offices are offering FREE care on 12/23 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. This is their 35th annual Care Day. Last year they saw 4,000 patients and gave away $1.4 million in services nationally.

Since they have the most offices in Colorado, they see about 3,000 patients here alone. Almost all of their offices along the front range had time to see more patients last year. With that extra time some offices did multiple services for the patients they did see.

For thousands of patients this is their only opportunity for care throughout the year. We have 130 offices participating in 11 states (http://comfortdental.com/find-a-dentist/ for locations). All the patients have to do is show up! They are treated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Beginning in Colorado in 1984, Comfort Dental has offered free dental care on Christmas Eve day. Care Day was started as a way of improving access to dental care to those most in need. Since Care Dayís inception Comfort Dental has given away almost $23 million in dental services.

We are changing from Christmas Eve to December 23 beginning this year. This will give our doctors and staff more time with their families. Also, it will give our patients a day to heal before celebrating with their loved ones.

VA extends benefits to offshore Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans

Law also affects survivors of Veterans, certain dependents and Veteran homebuyers

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) begins deciding Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 claims, Jan. 1, 2020, extending the presumption of herbicide exposure that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

Prior to the measure, only Vietnam War Veterans who served on the ground in Vietnam or within Vietnamís inland waterways were eligible to receive disability compensation and other benefits based on a presumption of herbicide exposure.

Signed into law June 25, the law specifically affects Blue Water Navy (BWN) Veterans who served as far as 12 nautical miles offshore of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 6, 1962 and May 7, 1975, as well as Veterans who served in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between Jan. 1, 1967 and Aug. 31, 1971. These Veterans can apply for disability compensation and other benefits if they have since developed one of 14 conditions that are presumed to be related to exposure to herbicides such as Agent Orange. Veterans do not need to prove that they were exposed to herbicides. The specific conditions can be found by searching Agent Orange on www.va.gov.

Our Government

White House


President Donald Trumpís Executive Order on Combating Anti-Semitism: By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: My Administration is committed to combating the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic incidents in the United States and around the world. Anti-Semitic incidents have increased since 2013, and students, in particular, continue to face anti Semitic harassment in schools and on university and college campuses.

Colorado Governor

The Department of Health Care Policy & Financing released a comprehensive report outlining the primary drivers of prescription drug costs in Colorado. Prescription drug costs are the fastest-growing consumer health care expense. The burden of high prescription drug costs is such that people are foregoing their medications because they canít afford them. Left uninterrupted, the prescription drug cost trends will continue on an unsustainable, upward trajectory.

Denver Mayor

Alternate Board Member position open for the Board of Adjustment for Zoning Appeals. The Board of Adjustment is an independent agency whose purpose is to hear and decide cases regarding appeals from the Denver Zoning Code. The Board hears cases for zoning variance requests, requests for delays of enforcement for un-permitted and non-compliant existing conditions, and Zoning Permit with Special Exception Reviews (ZPSE). The Board also serves as an impartial oversight for actions and decisions of the Zoning Administrator related to the Denver Zoning Code.

 

 

 

 

 
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