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171st Annual Open Season Health Care Benefits Fair

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  • By Airman Allyson L. Manners
  • 171st Air Refueling Wing
The annual Open Season Health Care Benefits Fair was held here today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the dining facility. Eight health care vendors and two financial planning vendors were present at the fair, giving service members an opportunity to explore and discuss benefits available to them.

The providers at the health fair offer plans for everyone, but the plans discussed today were geared specifically towards federal employees and service members, said Lydia Hatcher, a representative from United Healthcare Vision.

Vendors also incorporated plans for the spouses and families of service members, Hatcher said.

Rosalind Frazier, a representative for the family owned Musuneggi Financial Group, and sister of a guardsman here, was also present.

The group offers life insurance, long term financial planning and retirement planning, as well as women's education workshops and other workshops to help with abundant living, Frazier said.

Some workshops are geared towards women who live on their own, and can be beneficial to someone whose husband is deployed or a family that has lost a service member, Chrissy Gipko, another representative from the group, explained. Other workshops, such as "Tips and Tools for Balanced Holiday Snacking," are available to anyone in the local area.

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs also had information available at the benefits fair. Michael E. Busovicki, a Veterans Service Officer, represented the department.

"I am here to help veterans get the maximum benefits available to them," Busovicki said. "I'm an advocate."

Some benefits available to discuss were home loans and medical insurance, he said. Many service members don't know what resources are available to them when they get out.

"It's my job to know about those resources and help veterans get the maximum benefit out of their service," Busovicki said. "People squared me away in the military, and I want to make sure I do that for others.

Tech. Sgt. Missy Dubiel, the coordinator for the health benefits fair, stated that she thought there was good attendance.

"We are grateful for the providers taking time out of their day to come down here and talk to us," Dubiel said. "A lot of people stopped down to see what the vendors have to offer. It's turned out great."

Anyone with questions about the fair or resources available to them should contact Tech. Sgt. Missy Dubiel in the Military Personnel Flight Management Office.