Local Notes December 2023/January 2024

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Toledo launches food waste collection program

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Toledo has named three area parks as drop-off sites for compostable waste: Swan Creek Preserve, 4659 Airport Highway; Glass City Metropark; and Toledo Botanical Garden Metropark, 5434 W Bancroft St. Individuals can drop off food scrap items for composting at any of these locations, and GoZero, a composting business, will move the materials to an EPA-certified facility. ktlcb.org.

Introducing Carey: Ohioans’ Virtual Benefits Assistant

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The Ohio Department of Administrative Services introduced its new Frequently Asked Questions Virtual Assistant, Carey, on the Ohio Benefits Program website. The virtual assistant answers general Ohio Benefits Program related questions on topics including Medicaid, food and cash assistance, child care assistance, state hearings and more. Carey is designed to provide information, resources and guidance relating to benefits and self-service portal account “how-to’s.” To learn more about Carey, or the Ohio Benefits Program, visit benefits.ohio.gov

Ohioans on Medicare protect against scams

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Ohio Department of Insurance Director Judith L. French is urging Ohioans on Medicare to protect themselves against scams to compromise their personal information during Medicare’s open enrollment period, through December 7, to select coverage for 2024. “Be wary of any Medicare communication seeking personal information or money in exchange for help with Medicare enrollment or services,” French warns. To learn more, call 800-686-1578, email, oshiipmail@insurance.ohio.gov or visit insurance.ohio.gov.

Lucas County Implementing New Emergency Alert System

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Lucas County is encouraging citizens to sign up for its new emergency alert system, Lucas County Alerts. The service, free to those that live or work in Lucas County, will alert locals by text message or email of any emergencies that may happen in the area including snow emergency levels, tornado warnings, evacuation or shelter in place orders and more. Residents can customize the alerts sent based on the crisis or the geographic location. For more information or to sign up, visit lucascountyalerts.com.