In This Update:
Senator Yudichak Announces Over 800,000 pieces of COVID-19 Safety Supplies Delivered to Area Nursing Homes Through the NEPA Nursing HOME SOS Program
Recently, I joined partners of the NEPA Nursing Home SOS program at the Meadows Campus to announce that with over $1 million raised, the NEPA Nursing Home SOS program has distributed 828,825 items of PPE, infection control, and symptom screening materials to over 30 facilities in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Carbon and Monroe counties.
Established in April 2020 and administered by AllOne Foundation & Charities, the NEPA Nursing Home SOS program includes a planning partnership with the Pennsylvania Health Care Association and LeadingAge PA — two of the leading long-term care organizations in the state. Since its creation, the Luzerne Foundation and Carbon County Community Foundation have stepped up to help raise money for the program and the counties of Luzerne and Lackawanna joined the effort by contributing a combined $500,000 in CARES Act funding.
The NEPA Nursing Home SOS Program, with its statewide partners the Pennsylvania Health Care Association and LeadingAge PA, has also been a significant advocacy voice in legislative efforts.
Window to File Unemployment Compensation Claims Extended
Many Pennsylvanians have experienced severe challenges in filing for and receiving Unemployment Compensation claims throughout the pandemic. In order to help more state residents who were unable to receive the money they were owed, the Department of Labor and Industry has temporarily extended its ability to backdate payments.
The temporary extension will allow individuals to file backdated claims for up to 52 weeks. Claimants seeking to file a backdated claim should email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Back Date Request.” The email should include the exact date they were separated from their employer and any relevant information about the separation for the additional weeks the claimant wishes to claim.
Temporary Assistance Available for Veterans
This week, the nation paused on Veterans Day in reverence for the brave men and women who have served our great nation. Financial assistance is available to veterans and their families who are struggling to afford the necessities of life, including food, shelter, fuel and clothing.
The Veterans Temporary Assistance Program offers aid when a veteran is unable to afford basic necessities due to temporary loss of income, sickness, disability, unemployment and other emergencies and circumstances beyond their control. The program also helps families of military personnel who died while in service or were killed in action.
In addition, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs launched a new statewide outreach initiative this week to better serve Pennsylvania’s veterans. The new PA VETConnect system is designed to improve referral capabilities and connect veterans to the services they need.
Free Counseling Available for Medicare Beneficiaries
Many older Pennsylvanians struggle to deal with the variety of different choices available for Medicare, supplemental insurance, prescription assistance programs, long-term care insurance and other health care options. Medicare beneficiaries are eligible to receive free counseling services through the state’s APPRISE program.
Medicare recipients can call the APPRISE Helpline at 1-800-783-7067 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Your local Area Agency on Aging is also available to arrange counseling.
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