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Indoor Plants Reap Big Benefits

There are great reasons to have house plants — beauty, color, warmth — but there are also scientifically proven benefits you reap from incorporating plants into your home. According to WebMD, plants act as natural filters to catch allergens. Colorful plants can lift your mood and add moisture to the air during the dry, winter…

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An Ounce of Prevention – the Best Medicine

Everyone wants to live a longer and healthier life, and the answer may be as simple as taking care of yourself with preventative health care. A Look at the Numbers: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports 7 out of 10 deaths in the US are caused by chronic disease, while roughly half of the…

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Shopping Small to Make a Difference

If you read the news or watched television over the holidays, you probably heard about shopping small. Saturday, November 28, was small business Saturday. American Express started the movement and championed the phrase, “Share Joy, Shop Small®” in support of small businesses. They even make it easy to locate small shops on their website. Enter…

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7 Time and Money Savers for the Holidays

The holidays are just around the corner. Families are planning ways to stay safe while social distancing and still enjoy the familiar traditions of the holidays. If you want to avoid the holiday rush, retailers are offering bargains starting now to give you a head start. Online shopping is easy, and many companies offer free…

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Absentee Ballot In-Person Information

We wanted to share an article from the Springfield News-Leader published on September 21, 2020. Please click on the link to view the entire article: https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/2020/09/21/missouri-absentee-ballot-voting-start-guide-what-to-know/5823121002/

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ARE YOU READY FOR OPEN ENROLLMENT?

As the weather begins to change and we anticipate cooler temperatures, it is a reminder that Open Enrollment is just around the corner. There are two windows of enrollment depending on your age and status. This month you should receive correspondence from your health provider or prescription drug plan about plan specific changes beginning January…

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The Planning Game

If you are in your 20’s, 30’s or 40’s, the topic of retirement is probably not something you think much about, but the earlier you plan the greater your options. The reality is that the decisions you make today will have a financial impact on “when” you can retire and “what” retirement will look like…

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Is Telemedicine Here to Stay?

Over the past few months, many things have changed in our world due to COVID-19. Wearing masks may be a necessity for months to come, but something that may become permanent is the use of technology for doctor visits. Telehealth is the use of digital information and communication technologies, such as computers and mobile devices, to…

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Staycations Close to Home

After weeks of being home and social distancing, families are beginning to look for ways to safely venture out for a vacation without spending a lot of money. Fortunately, we live in a state with a lot to offer families ready to get away for the day or a week. As businesses reopen after COVID-19,…

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Staying Home Together

During these days of social distancing with millions of people staying at home, it has been amazing to watch the creativity and collaboration of people, businesses, states, and even countries coming together to meet needs during this global pandemic. I am inspired by stories of small businesses that have stepped up to make face masks,…

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