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Economic Development and Resiliency Trainings


The International Economic Development Council, in partnership with the North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments (NARCOG), is offering free training courses in north Alabama related to economic development. This training is being provided with funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
Economic Development for Elected Leaders and Community Partners training will be offered on July 19 at Calhoun Community College in Decatur. This course will cover topics including understanding your economy; revitalization; entrepreneurship; business retention and expansion; workforce development; and business marketing and attraction.
Economic Resilience for Elected Leaders and Community Partners training will be offered on July 20 at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. This course will cover topics including an overview of community economic resilience; business preparedness and assistance; revitalization; economic diversification; crisis communication; and accessing federal resources.
The courses are designed to provide a solid foundation in key aspects of economic development and resiliency to elected leaders, as well as to community partners who work in fields related to economic development. The courses will provide case examples and practical tools to support economic development and resilience activities, as well as information about state, federal and private resources that are available to assist. 
Each training will take place from 9am until approximately 4pm and is offered free of charge. Registrants will receive detailed information by email in the weeks leading up to the training.  
To register, please visit: http://bit.ly/IEDCworkshop


Join NARCOG, the Cottages and a host of exhibitors for the Hartselle Health Fair!

WHEN: Friday, July 21st

TIME:   8:30 - 10:30am

WHERE: Hartselle Civic Center

Free health screenings provided by Decatur Morgan Hospital.  Vision screening provided by Hartselle Lion's Club. Brain Games activity area sponsored by First Baptist Church - Hartselle.  Live entertainment, door prizes and more!

Let's Get Moving!

What is keeping you from moving? Exercise, even low impact exercise is proven to reduce pain and stiffness. Join one of our free classes and see how much better you can feel.  NARCOG has partnered with the City of Decatur Parks and Recreation to offer Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program classes at Turner Surles Community Center.

When:  Monday - Friday at 9:30am

Where:  Turner-Surles - 702 Sycamore Street NW, Decatur


NARCOG has also partnered with Right at Home and City Center Village to offer the course.

When:  Tuesdays at 10:00am

Where: City Center Village - 807 Bank Street NE, Decatur, AL



New Medicare Cards to Help Combat Fraud


May 30, 2017

New Medicare cards offer greater protection to more than 57.7 million Americans
New cards will no longer contain Social Security numbers, to combat fraud and illegal use  

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is readying a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to help combat identity theft, and safeguard taxpayer dollars. The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), to replace the Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) currently used on the Medicare card. CMS will begin mailing new cards in April 2018 and will meet the congressional deadline for replacing all Medicare cards by April 2019. Today, CMS kicks-off a multi-faceted outreach campaign to help providers get ready for the new MBI.

“We’re taking this step to protect our seniors from fraudulent use of Social Security numbers which can lead to identity theft and illegal use of Medicare benefits,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “We want to be sure that Medicare beneficiaries and healthcare providers know about these changes well in advance and have the information they need to make a seamless transition.”  

Providers and beneficiaries will both be able to use secure look up tools that will support quick access to MBIs when they need them. There will also be a 21-month transition period where providers will be able to use either the MBI or the HICN further easing the transition

CMS testified on Tuesday, May 23rd before the U.S. House Committee on Ways & Means Subcommittee on Social Security and U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology, addressing CMS’s comprehensive plan for the removal of Social Security numbers and transition to MBIs.

Personal identity theft affects a large and growing number of seniors. People age 65 or older are increasingly the victims of this type of crime. Incidents among seniors increased to 2.6 million from 2.1 million between 2012 and 2014, according to the most current statistics from the Department of Justice. Identity theft can take not only an emotional toll on those who experience it, but also a financial one: two-thirds of all identity theft victims reported a direct financial loss. It can also disrupt lives, damage credit ratings and result in inaccuracies in medical records and costly false claims.

Work on this important initiative began many years ago, and was accelerated following passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). CMS will assign all Medicare beneficiaries a new, unique MBI number which will contain a combination of numbers and uppercase letters. Beneficiaries will be instructed to safely and securely destroy their current Medicare cards and keep the new MBI confidential. Issuance of the new MBI will not change the benefits a Medicare beneficiary receives.  

NARCOG will continue to post updates as they become available.  Medicare beneficiaries are cautioned to protect their personal information including their Medicare number.  Medicare and Social Security will never contact you requesting this information.  

NARCOG Regional Transit Agency

Public Transportation for Morgan County can be reached at 256-580-2088.

Rides may be scheduled by calling at least 24 hours in advance. 

LAWRENCE COUNTY: 256-974-2488


$2.00 each trip up to 5 miles

$4.00 each trip up to 10 miles

$6.00 each trip up to 15 miles

$8.00 each trip up to 20 miles

$10.00 each trip over 20 miles within the NARCOG Service Area

*Special rates apply for trips outside the NARCOG RTA Service Area

NARCOG is dedicated to providing safe and reliable transportation services to individuals in Lawrence and Morgan counties. 

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