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Showing posts from August 8, 2021

Does COVID-19 financial assistance affect my Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility or payment?

  Original   From  Social Security Administration Date:  August 4, 2021 We recently changed our rules about what financial assistance can affect your eligibility for SSI or your monthly SSI payment amount. Specifically,  we no longer count  the financial assistance listed below against your eligibility or payment amount. We are reviewing SSI claims and other SSI records going back to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to restore SSI payments for people whose SSI was affected by receiving any of the assistance listed below. What should I do if my SSI was affected because I received, or still receive, any of the assistance listed below? What should I do if I was denied SSI because I was receiving any of the assistance listed below or I had received the assistance and saved the money? I was not already receiving SSI, but interested in applying for it. What should I do? What COVID-19 financial assistance no longer counts against SSI eligibility or SSI payment amount?

Addressing Insurance Denials of Standing Devices

Originally Published by   Rifton by  Lori Potts, PT Here’s an exciting new resource from  NCART  (National Coalition for Assistive Rehab and Technology). “ Evidence-Based Response to Insurance Denials of Standing Devices ” is the result of the hard work of NCART’s standing device committee, which includes Rifton staff therapist Zach Huleatt, MPT. We think you’ll find it helpful for those tough stander denials that are so often based on flawed thinking. Check it out and pass it on to your colleagues who might be interested.

Military Family Relief Fund

  Emergency grants are available for veterans and their dependent family members who are experiencing financial hardship. The new rules from the Indiana Department of Veteran’s Affairs include: Veterans are no longer required to have 12 months of active duty service Military service can be during peace or war time Hardship does not have to be military service connected Certain other than honorable discharge codes will be accepted Learn More About the Fund

Priorities for a Safe Return to School for Children with Complex Health Needs

  ReSET Restarting Safe Education & Testing For Children with Medical Complexity   Priorities for a Safe Return to School for Children with Complex Health Needs The ReSET team asked Wisconsin families, school staff and clinicians for ideas to  help children with medical complexity return to school safely during the pandemic . They received 460 responses with  1,100 ideas ! ReSet's team of 35 experts including families, schools, clinicians and policymakers across Wisconsin prioritized these ideas. The result of this work is a website full of information to help you and your child have a healthy return to school. To see the family FAQs and other resources visit .

New Limited Eviction Moratorium & HUD Funding for Legal Services Providers

  From  Justice in Aging On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  announced a limited eviction moratorium  for renters living in communities experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. The new moratorium began on August 3 and protects renters for up to two months, through October 3. It is estimated that 90% of all renters will be covered due to the current COVID-19 surges.  The CDC’s tracker  shows which counties are experiencing a substantial or high rate of transmission. This moratorium allows more time for states and localities to distribute emergency rental assistance, including to renters who have already been evicted. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced the FY 2021 Eviction Protection Grant Program to support experienced legal service providers, not limited to legal service corporations, in providing legal assistance at no cost to low-income tenants at risk of or subject to eviction. Learn more about the funding opportunit

Skills and Strategies for Health Care Decision-Making with Children Guide

Being a decision-maker for your own healthcare is important. Learning this skill can begin in childhood and continue into adulthood. For some, making healthcare decisions takes more support, practice, and tools. The  Skills and Strategies for Health Care Decision-Making guide  helps families and healthcare providers support people to learn the skills they need.   The Skills and Strategies for Health Care Decision-Making guide was developed by  URLEND  trainees supported by the  Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities  at the  University of Montana .   The free guide may be printed or downloaded as a fillable PDF.    This resource was created in partnership with Jennifer Banna, former URLEND family trainee and current  Montana Family to Family Health Information Center  Coordinator. Practitioners, families, and individuals with disabilities participated in workgroups and provided valuable feedback throughout the development process as well.

Body Wellness & Independence Among Hoosiers with Disabilities Survey