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In the News: News from February 2014

CAPCOG expands access to Medicare benefits counseling in Marble Falls, Taylor and Llano

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Area Agency on Aging, a division of the Capital Area Council of Governments, has expanded access to Medicare benefits counseling in three Central Texas communities. 

A state-certified benefits counselor will now be available with monthly office hours at the following new locations through September 2014:

  • First Wednesday of the month - 9:30 a.m to 4 p.m. 
    Texas Housing Foundation, 1016 Broadway, Marble Falls, TX 78654
  • Second Thursday of the month - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Switzer Senior Center, 410 W. Seventh St., Taylor, TX 76574
  • Third Wednesday of the month, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Park Ridge Apartments, 100 Legend Hills Blvd., Llano, TX 78643

CAPCOG's Benefits Counseling Program offers free, unbiased information about health insurance to Medicare beneficiaries, their caregivers or anyone 60 or older. In addition to the monthly hours in community locations, benefits counselors are available to schedule other individual appointments by calling 512-916-6062 or toll free 888-622-9111, ext. 6062.

Funded in part by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, AAACAP has served as a trusted source of information on services and supports for older individuals and their caregivers for more than 30 years.

> Get the Area Agency on Aging flier
> Explore the Benefits Counseling Program

Medicare vs. Health Insurance Marketplace

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its Q&A on the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace, explaining what it means for consumers with Medicare.

Learn whether the Marketplace affects your Medicare choices, whether Medicare coverage meets Affordable Care Act requirements and more with the four-page information sheet available at the CMS website. The Q&A also offers phone numbers and websites for help with Medicare enrollment and costs.

> Get the Q&A at the federal website
> Discover CAPCOG's Area Agency on Aging services

Collaboration with BVCOG yields winning cadet class

Friday, February 21, 2014


Police cadets stand to perform the pledge of allegiance during their January 2014 graduation ceremony, a culmination of the successful CAPCOG- Brazos Valley Council of Governments collaboration. 

CAPCOG’s Regional Law Enforcement Academy has conducted basic peace officer courses (BPOC) for 19 years with a mission to produce the best-prepared peace officers for the capital area’s cities and counties.

The program’s success includes a feat few academies can claim: consistently achieving a 100 percent pass rate among cadets when they take the state’s licensing exam for the first time.

> Discover CAPCOG's Regional Law Enforcement Academy

Two years ago, CAPCOG began getting requests to conduct satellite academies for neighboring regions; other COGs that didn’t operate academies were interested in CAPCOG conducting a BPOC and perhaps eventually helping them ramp up their own efforts.

The academy has just finished its first satellite BPOC in another region, with 16 cadets graduating from a course conducted in partnership with the Brazos Valley Council of Governments in Bryan, Texas.

Because RLEA staff take an intensely hands-on approach that ensures cadets get the best training possible — with a heavy focus on the academic portion — overseeing the eight-month evening course posed a challenge.

> Apply for the next Basic Peace Officer Certification Course

A lack of daily contact with the course’s 23 adjunct instructors teaching more than 30 topics made RLEA Director Mike Jennings a bit nervous, but his leadership helped yield a 100 percent pass rate on the cadets’ first crack at the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement licensing test.

CAPCOG will again carefully consider future collaborations — producing a lengthy course outside the region can add a significant work-load to an already robust schedule — but partnerships between councils of governments remain a hallmark of helping communities across the state succeed.

CAPCOG accepting senior-services proposals ‘til April 21

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Capital Area Council of Governments is requesting proposals by 3 p.m. Monday, April 21, to provide selected services and supports from Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2016, to consumers ages 60 and older.

Proposals must be received at CAPCOG offices, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 165, Austin, TX 78744, by the closing deadline

> Get the details, and download RFP materials today

Regional Environmental Task Force releases new enforcement guide

Monday, February 10, 2014

What's a public nuisance? What parts of Texas state law address water pollution, illegal dumping or outdoor burning? Get the scoop on this and more in the newly published 2013-2104 Environmental Law Enforcement Guide. 

The easy-to-read, 90-page booklet, published by the Regional Environmental Task Force in partnership with the Capital Area Council of Governments and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, offers helpful facts and tips for law enforcement officers, sanitarians, code enforcement professionals and others interested in solid-waste issues. 

Get the booklet as a downloadable PDF file, or order the hard copy edition online.

> Discover the Regional Environmental Task Force
> Get the PDF version of the enforcement guide  
> Order the hard copy through Pocket Press

Ozone efforts garner EPA Clean Air Excellence Award

Friday, February 07, 2014

The Central Texas Clean Air Coalition (CAC), a regional collaboration of city and county governments in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties in partnership with the CAPCOG, has won a national award for its ozone-reduction efforts.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2014 Clean Air Excellence Award honors innovate work that helps decrease emissions from targeted pollutants, serves as a model for others and proves sustainable.

CAC's successful implementation of its Regional 8-Hour Ozone Flex Plan, a voluntary pollution-curbing initiative that has helped the Austin-Round Rock metroplitan area stay in compliance with federal air quality standards, won in the award competition's Community Action category that recognizes partnership-based efforts.

The EPA will host an awards ceremony honoring the various winners on April 2 in Arlington, Va. 

> Learn more about the Clean Air Coalition
> Explore the Ozone Flex Plan's successor, Ozone Advance 
> Get more details on the EPA 2014 Clean Air Excellence Award

CAPCOG’s 2013 State of the Region presentation now available

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

CAPCOG’s annual State of the Region presentation showed how Central Texas is scoring continued momentum out of the recession, staying ahead of the pack on key economic factors and experiencing renewed interest in rural communities’ traditional downtowns.

Explore the slide show online, and contact CAPCOG Community & Economic Development Director Michael Hennig for additional details on the featured trends and stats. 

> Contact Michael Hennig
> Download the 2013 State of the Region slides
> Discover CAPCOG's Community & Economic Development Division

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