Counselors evaluate insurance needs
There's still time to sign up for health insurance coverage and Lower Keys Medical Center can help. The Affordable Care Act requires that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax penalty. The penalty will be applied to your annual taxable income for each month you don't have health insurance after March 31, the last day to enroll. Based on household income and dependents, you may be eligible for health insurance coverage at no cost through Medicaid. Or, you may be eligible for new health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace and financial help from the government towards the cost of premiums may be available.
Lower Keys Medical Center counselors will assist in evaluating the available health plans and determine eligibility for Medicaid or other insurance options. To make an appointment, call 305-294-5531, extensions: 3254/3253/or 3220.
Free assistance with income tax prep
Free federal income tax preparation and e filing for taxpayers with middle or low income will be available from AARP Tax Aide through April 14. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree, although special attention is given to those age 60 and older.
AARP Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will be available to assist with personal income tax returns at the following locations: Marathon Library, Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Key Largo Library, Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Marathon Senior Center, Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; and Big Pine Senior Center, Thursdays from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
No appointments are taken; taxpayers are helped on a first-come, first-served basis. You must bring a copy of last year's tax return and all W2 and 1099 forms, along with Social Security cards for yourself and all dependents, as well as your photo I.D. and any other pertinent documents.
Garden club lecture
Jackie Thomas talks about Bromeliads at the Key West Garden Club meeting at 1:30 p.m. March 6.
The club will present "The Propagation and Care of Bromeliads." Thomas, a bromeliad enthusiast, raises hundreds of bromeliads locally and will focus on the many varieties of the species.
The meeting is free and open to the public.
Take a look at the new floral designs at the garden. The theme is "Emerald Isle." The design is a monochromatic, green, L-shaped design.