U.S. Rep. John Joyce this week was one of those supporting protection of the Medicare Advantage program.

Joyce and 302 of his colleagues from both sides of the aisle signed on to a letter urging Department of Health and Human Services Administrator Seema Verma to protect access to healthcare for seniors by continuing the Medicare Advantage program, according to a news release. A type of health insurance option under Medicare Part C that covers nearly 22 million seniors, Medicare Advantage offers the flexibility for patients to enroll in private health insurance plans in order to receive more innovative, cost-efficient coverage. Medicare Advantage offers care coordination, disease management programs, out-of-pocket spending limits, access to community-based programs, additional supplemental benefits such as vision, dental and prescription drug coverage for no additional cost.

Scholarships offered.

Bedford Business and Professional Women’s Club is offering scholarships to graduating females at local high schools and non-traditional students continuing their education. Application forms are available at high school guidance offices. Non-traditional applicants should call 623-5510. The deadline for all applications is March 31. For more information, call 327-1261 or 623-5510.

Artists and artisans may submit applications to exhibit their work in Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2019.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation are holding the annual juried exhibition June 23 to Sept. 8 at the state museum in Harrisburg. Artists who are Pennsylvania residents will compete in five categories: painting, work on paper, photography, sculpture and craft. Entries can be submitted online. Information is available at www.statemuseumpa.org. Click on “2019 Art of the State Call for Entries” in the Quick Links list at the bottom of the homepage. The application deadline is Feb. 28.

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