Rep. Vern Buchanan's Medicare Advantage bill passes

Buchanan's Medicare Advantage bill passes

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation Wednesday by Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, to preserve Medicare Advantage coverage for seniors.

The Securing Seniors' Health Care Act of 2015 prevents termination of Medicare Advantage plans, which primarily serve low-income seniors in poor health, according to a press release. Medicare Advantage serves 58,000 seniors in Buchanan's district, which covers the Manatee-Sarasota areas, 10,000 at risk for losing coverage without the legislation.

The legislation moves to the Senate for consideration.

70 trumpets to mark end of World War II Aug. 14-16

SARASOTA -- Danny Bileyu, former vice mayor of Sarasota, is organizing a V.J. Day weekend of events focusing on World War II veterans Aug. 14-16, marking the 70th anniversary of the U.S. victory over Japan.

The grand finale will be a wreath laying in Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery at 6 p.m. Aug. 16.

The First Brass is coordinating 70 trumpeters to play "Taps." One trumpet will represent each year since the end of World War II. Trumpet players interested in participating can call 941-928-0296 or email TheFirstBrass@yahoo.com.

Marvelous Movie Matinee features free popcorn

LONGBOAT KEY -- The Aging in Paradise Resource Center will now have an authentic popcorn maker for its Marvelous Matinee Movies series at 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday each month at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

Margaret Noble, chairwoman of the LBIC Board of Trustees, donated a new popcorn maker on wheels, said Donna Dunio, AIPRC executive director.

"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "The Best Most Exotic Marigold Hotel" will play soon.

Suggested donation is $5, which includes all the hot popcorn you can eat.

RSVP: donnadunio@aginginparadise.org for Marvelous Matinee Movies, free memory screenings the first Tuesday every month, weekly group therapy or any AIPRC workshop or program. Call 941-383-6493, or go to aginginparadise.org.

-- Herald staff reports