Wolf Point Herald

Girl Scout Cookies


Girl Scouts Josephine Solberg-Hodges and Rebecca Landsrud sell Girl Scout Cookies in front of the new Shopko Hometown store in Wolf Point, Saturday, April 4. Local Girl Scouts will have a cookie booth this coming weekend at Gysler’s Do It Best Hardware.                                                     (Submitted photo)

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Law, Moran Wed March 21


Heather Renee Law and Nathan Ryan Moran were united in marriage on March 21 on the beach in the Little Creek section on Virginia Beach, Va. U.S. Navy Commander Kevin Anderson, base chaplain, officiated the ceremony with a reception at the base church annex.  
The bride is the daughter of Lyla and William “Bill” Law of Virginia Beach, Va., and Nathan is the grandson of Agnes Moran and the “late” Gary Moran.  
The maid of honor was Jasmine Azure and the flower girl was Amanda Stansbury.  
Best man was Thomas Law.  
Heath Law read a poem and was the reception officiator. The bride’s grandmother, Valerie J. Law, was escorted by Thomas Law.
The beautiful beach wedding and reception was hosted by the parents of the bride. Lyla is an active duty U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Officer, stationed at Portsmouth, Va., and Bill manages an outdoor equipment rental shop for MWR at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
Following a honeymoon at the beach, the happy couple will reside in Wolf Point.

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Medical Expenses: Finding Your Way

Whether it’s for a routine checkup or emergency surgery, you usually expect your health insurance company to pick up at least a portion of the bill. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. If you find yourself on the receiving end of a denial letter, follow-up is crucial.
When you receive your denial, it should come in the form of an explanation of benefits. This outlines what was billed to the insurer, the amount it paid and why it decided not to pay some or all of the claim.
Once you know the insurance company’s reason, you want to confirm it with your policy. You might get denied because you used a provider that wasn’t in your network. They may deny you because your service wasn’t covered. It is always a good idea to confirm it with your policy.
Your next step is to either contact the insurance company or you can contact the billing office at Northeast Montana Health Services. If you received a denial about a service that wasn’t covered, but it says it is covered in your policy, then you should contact the billing department.
You can explain that your insurance company denied a claim but your policy shows it’s a covered benefit. The billing departments at NEMHS can double check that the claim was coded correctly and resubmit it to the insurance company.
“Some people assume that the bill is correct and they have to pay it. First, they need to check that the percentage covered is correct,” says Diana Bushman, business office manager for Northeast Montana Health Services. “Patients sometimes pay when they shouldn’t have to.”
However, if your policy says that the service is not covered or that the provider is out of your network you will need to file an appeal. For instance, you may argue that an out-of-network provider is the only one offering a specific service in the area. Your explanation of benefits and your insurance policy should spell out the procedure and deadlines for appeals.
Another rule of thumb to follow is to stay organized. Your insurance company has its own internal system for tracking your medical claim and any appeals. You have to be just as organized to make sure you’re following up on any detail that could possibly make a difference in your claim. Keep all your paperwork in one place and take careful notes during every phone call with the insurance company such as the name of the person you spoke with and their title, as well as a reference number if available.
It’s easy to call the insurance company once and forget about it, but you have to follow up. Set up a system to remind yourself to follow through. You can also find resources through the Montana Department of Insurance.

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Mower Mishap Whacks 60 Feet Of Hwy. 2 Guardrail

About 60 feet of guardrail on U.S. Hwy. 2, just west of Wolf Point was damaged when a mower attachment broke loose from a John Deere tractor, Thursday, April 2.
The Montana Highway Patrol reported that the accident that occurred at the Wolf Creek Bridge was reported at 11:50 a.m.
MHP Sgt. Jeff Kent said the mower attachment broke loose from the westbound tractor and struck the guardrail.
Kent said no there were no injuries and no citations were issued.

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Poplar Resident Indicted For Burglary, Assault

Cobra Jade Spotted Wolf, 35, of Poplar was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston in Great Falls Tuesday, March 31.
Spotted Wolf was indicted and pleaded not guilty to burglary and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, Spotted Wolf faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years supervised release.
The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.

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