Medicare Open Enrollment In Last Week

Statewide Iowa — The open enrollment period for Medicare is rapidly coming to an end. The final date to sign up or make changes to your plan is Saturday December 7th. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services handles the questions on the open enrollment and spokesperson Julie Brookhart says it is important for users to be sure they are on the Medicare-dot-gov website.

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It’s A Busy Time For Iowa’s 190 Christmas Tree Farms

Hawarden, Iowa — This past weekend is typically the busiest for tree farms across Iowa, as families shift their focus from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Robin Miller works at the T-and-S Christmas Tree Farm in rural Hawarden, which offers cut-your-own pines, firs and spruces. Miller says real, not artificial, trees make a beautiful centerpiece for your home during the holidays.

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ISU Study: 40% Of Young Adults Have A Substance Use Disorder

Ames, Iowa — An Iowa State University study finds two out of five young adults — both attending and not attending college — have at least one substance use disorder. ISU psychology Professor Brooke Arterberry says researchers also discovered just one in every 100 college students with the disorder are able to quit, mostly because few young people seek help.

Substances included in the study were alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, hallucinogens, and prescription drugs. More than 3,200 young adults were surveyed. Arterberry says it’s stunning so few young people seek treatment, especially college students who often have free addiction resources on campus.

A substance use disorder is defined as a medical condition in which the use of one or more substances leads to a clinically significant impairment or distress. The study was published in the Journal of American College Health.