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Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will pay for a second COVID-19 booster shot of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines without cost sharing as it continues to provide coverage for this critical protection from the virus. People with Medicare pay nothing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and there is no applicable copayment, coinsurance or deductible. People with Medicaid coverage can also get COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters, at no cost. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its recommendations regarding COVID-19 vaccinations. Certain immunocompromised individuals and people ages 50 years and older who received an initial booster dose at least four months ago are eligible for another booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19. Additionally, the CDC recommends that adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 v
( H.R. 7076 / S. 3864 ) was introduced in the House and Senate earlier this month. This bill will reauthorize the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access program at HRSA for five years and make exciting improvements to the program.
The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs recently published an article called Disability & Reproductive Health: It's Time to Talk About It! talking about the fight for autonomy and equal access to reproductive health services and education. Below are also a couple of guides on the topic of sexual health to help support individuals with disabilities. Take Charge! A Reproductive Health Guide for Women with Disabilities —created by The Empowered Fe Fes, a group of young women with disabilities, with a grant from the Chicago Foundation for Women. In Their Own Words: Guidelines for Supporting the Sexual Health of Young People Experiencing Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities —created by The Sexual Health Equity for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (SHEIDD) project.
Statement from SSA Acting Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi: “I am pleased to announce that local Social Security offices will restore in-person services, including for people without an appointment, on April 7, 2022. To avoid waiting in line, I strongly encourage people, who can, to use our online services at www.socialsecurity.gov , call us, and schedule appointments in advance rather than walking in without an appointment. Phone appointments can save you a trip to a busy office. I thank the public for your patience as we work to increase service..." For more information, please visit https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/2022/#4-2022-1
WEBINAR: The Racial Wealth Gap: Financial and Other Resources for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Tuesday, April 19, 2022 | 2:00-3:30 PM ET Join this webinar, hosted by the LEAD Center, with speakers from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. Department of Labor to learn more about the racial wealth gap and financial resources. ABLE National Resource Center Ambassador, Edward Mitchell, is also a featured speaker. Overview Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) understand the importance and consequences of wealth-building based on historical racial privilege. The implications of the widening wealth gap in America’s economy are critical to advancing actions to improve economic outcomes for all, including Black youth and young adults with disabilities. Race and wealth disparities between Black and white families were magnified during COVID-19. Systemic barriers, policies, procedures, and practices, such as redlining, appraisal bias, and c
Has paying your bill become difficult? There is support and resources available to help you manage your energy bill and pay down past due balances. For customers just outside the federal poverty guidelines for LIHEAP, the NIPSCO Hardship Program offers up to $400 in gas bill assistance to households between 151 and 250 percent of the federal poverty level. We also offer a variety of flexible payment plans to help spread your balance across multiple months. Get Help