Don’t assume every COVID-19 test site is legit

If you’ve been looking for a COVID-19 test, you probably know that they are in short supply. Unfortunately, scammers love to “help” with shortages. They’ve created fake and unauthorized at-home testing kits, and they’re still at it with fake COVID-19 testing sites. Learn more at the FTC post, here.

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CMS: Visitation in Nursing Homes is Allowed for All Residents at All Times

submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Supervising Attorney *UPDATE* NYS Department of Health directs nursing homes to follow CMS guidelines: visitation in nursing homes is allowed for all residents at all times. On November 16, 2021, the NYS Department of Health issued Dear Administrator Letter DAL-NH 21-27, accessed here, directing all nursing homes to immediately comply with…

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 Chafee Funds Program of NYS: COVID-19 Cash Assistance for Foster Youth

submitted by Kiana Stamps, intern The Chafee Program offers assistance to help current and former foster care youth achieve self-sufficiency. Additional Chafee Cash Assistance funds will be distributed on a one-time, first-come, first served basis in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ELIGIBILITY: Chafee cash assistance is available until September 30, 2021 for: Young adults, 18…

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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

submitted by Jessica Tiburcio, Law Student Losing a loved one is one of the most tragic imaginable experiences. If you have lost a loved one or loved ones to a COVID-19 related issue, you may qualify for certain eligible funeral expenses under FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program. FEMA Funeral Assistance helps with the cost of…

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Updated Guidelines for Resident Outings During the Pandemic

submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq, Staff Attorney With the recently updated guidelines for visitation from the New York State Department of Health (DOH), many residents living in nursing homes or adult care facilities (facility) and their loved ones have had many questions. The Center for Elder Law & Justice has prepared a fact sheet on…

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Updated Federal Visitation Guidelines

Submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq, Staff Attorney On March 10, 2021 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to their nursing home visitation guidelines. This guidance addresses the impact that the COVID-19 vaccination has on visitation. The information contained in this guidance supersedes and replaces previously issued guidance and recommendations regarding visitation.…

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