Social Security Corona Update

The Social Security Administration has recently made an update regarding the Corona Virus. Please check out the link below to see what changes are taking place. You will also find contact information for Kentucky based cases below. Here were some of the important takeaways:

  • “All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, we are still able to provide critical services.”
  • “We will not start or complete any current medical continuing disability reviews. If you have a medical continuing disability review pending, please do not request medical information from your doctors at this time. We will follow up with you for any medical evidence once the COVID-19 public health emergency subsides.”
  • “Where possible, we are suspending our processing and collection of overpayments.”
  • “We are not conducting organization or individual representative payee accountings.”
  • “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are extending our deadlines wherever possible.
    • If we asked you to contact us by a certain date, please do not come to the office. You can contact us once our offices reopen to the public or you can mail your documents to us. We will follow up with you once the COVID-19 public health emergency subsides.
    • We are providing maximum flexibility in applying our good cause policy. This policy allows us to extend the time limits for submitting appeals and taking other actions during this public health emergency.”

https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/

https://www.ssa.gov/atlanta/southeast/ky/kentucky.htm

Corona Update

Good Morning,

Late yesterday the Senate passed and the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  Among other things, the bill includes a 6.2 percentage point FMAP bump for Medicaid, emergency paid sick and family leave, unfortunately it did not include caretaking for adults with disabilities or seniors whose programs have closed or whose workers are sick which we hope will get addressed in the next package The Senate take the lead on drafting the third package, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that Senate will stay in session until the third package passes, so now is the time to reach out to your Senators AND Representatives.

 Please share our new action alert widely! This includes what we want to see in the third package, including specific asks around creating a grant program to support HCBS and the DSP workforce, permanent MFP and raising asset limits:  It is very important that legislators hear from constituents so that we can get our issues including in the third COVID-19 package. We are also signing onto letters to ensure protections to small businesses are extended to non-profit organizations and raising those issues on the Hill. Thank you for all that you are doing, be well!

 https://www.disabilityadvocacynetwork.org/thearc/app/make-a-call?5&engagementId=506895

Developmental Disability Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is an opportunity to promote full inclusion and participation for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and to educate others about the abilities and skills people with I/DD possess.