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From the PBS NewsHour website...

For more than 60 million Americans with disabilities, the rapid spread of COVID-19 is especially dangerous. Many live in long-term care facilities, and they are twice as likely to experience poverty as those without disability. But so far, legislation has fallen short on help. We hear some of their stories, and Stephanie Sy talks to Rebecca Cokley of the Center for American Progress.

Pandemic means Americans with disabilities aren't getting the services they need






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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm,
and 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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Information Release:

Taxpayers should be on the lookout for IRS impersonation calls, texts and email phishing attempts about the coronavirus or COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments. These scams can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft.

COVID Tax Tip 2020-42, April 16, 2020



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DHSS Information Release:


COVID-19 Patient Instructions After Testing-4.9.20
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FAQ Coronavirus Domestic Animals-041320

The IRS is offering to help U.S. residents impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) in the form of an Economic Impact Payment. Here are some
FAQ about the Economic Impact Payment




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Center for Dignity in Health Care Rights fact sheet

The Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities published a new fact sheet for health care professionals that describes best practices and legal requirements for health care when serving people with disabilities. The fact sheet is designed as a quick reference guide suitable for posting on bulletin boards in medical facilities. It is based on guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights.




CDC Info: Get Your Home Ready - COVID-19


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Information on how you can take care of yourself
during COVID19 - Precautions. PDF


COVID-19 UPDATES from the ACL

NOTE: The following message is from the ACL (Administration for Community Living), a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.

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New resources and updated information are regularly added to the ACL page   ACL.gov/COVID-19

The volume of information is growing, so we have added sub-sections in an attempt to make key information easier to find. We also have published several FAQs and other new resources. For example, we created a section explicitly for the aging and disability networks. That’s where you will find program-specific guidance as it’s available, as well as links to information from CMS, CDC and others that is specifically applicable to the networks. In that section, you’ll now find:

  • FAQs for the following Older Americans Act programs:

    • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
       
    • Senior Nutrition
       
    • State Long-Term Care Ombudsman (we’ve also added the planning resource created for this program in 2015)
       
    • HCBS and Elder Justice currently are combined into one FAQ
     
  • CMS guidance on HCBS waivers and nursing home visitation
     
  • Interim guidance from the CDC for getting an organization ready for an outbreak

We also have added:

  • On the home page: We’ve added a Spanish-language version of much of the content for older adults and people with disabilities. (Thank you to the Instituto de Deficiencias en el Desarrollo, the ACL’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in Puerto Rico for the assist!)
     
  • More from the CDC: Including a link to a video on what older adults need to know about the virus.
     
  • A link to the New Hampshire UCEDD’s COVID-19 page, which includes language assistance resources.
     
  • Information about scams and how to protect yourself from them.

We are updating this page regularly, so please check back often for the latest information.



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