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Information for Older Adults with Oxygen-Related Medical Equipment

The Medicare program (CMS) recently issued a consumer alert about a large recall by Phillips of a variety of oxygen-related medical equipment, including C-PAP machines and other ventilators. The alert tells consumers what to do if they use this equipment and explains Medicare payment policies for replacement units. Advocates may receive questions from consumers receiving recall notices and the information from Medicare will be useful to share. From Medicare: Philips recently issued a product recall for specific ventilators and sleep apnea devices. If you own or rent one of the Philips products that was recalled, talk to your doctor as soon as possible about whether to continue using your recalled equipment. Get more info here. If you would like to replace or repair your equipment, the supplier you bought the equipment from is responsible for replacing or repairing rental equipment at no cost to you when the equipment is less than 5 years old. If the equipment is more than 5 years old, Medicare will help pay for a replacement. Important: Register your recalled equipment with Philips so they know you need a replacement, and can provide information on the next steps for a permanent corrective solution. To register your equipment: Visit philips.com/src-update, or Call 1-877-907-7508 For more information, see Philips’ Medical Device Recall Notification webpage. C-PAP machines are considered Durable Medical Equipment (DME), a category that encompasses a wide range of devices from complex monitors to wheelchairs and walkers. Advocates wishing to learn more about how Medicare and Medicaid cover DME can read the NCLER Chapter Summary and watch the webinar recording.

PA Assistive Technology Foundation

PATF receives historic grant from U.S. Treasury
Provides loan capital for low-income borrowers
An older white man smiles seated in his blue mobility scooter outside in front of a bench and an apartment building. A quote is written across the photo that says Oh I love my new scooter. I dont feel the bumps. My new Cadillac.

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF), is honored to receive a U.S. Department of Treasury two-year grant of nearly $1.4 million as part of the Community Development Financial Institution Rapid Response Program (CDFI RRP). These funds provide loan capital for CDFIs such as PATF to support underserved communities facing economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

For PATF this means we can continue to guarantee Low-Interest Loans and maintain our direct-lending Mini-Loan program.  

“In serving places that the financial sector historically hasn’t served well, CDFIs lift our whole economy up. We know that for every dollar injected into a CDFI, it catalyzes eight more dollars in private-sector investment, meaning that today’s announcement might lead to an additional $10 billion in investment,” said U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen at the award announcement.  

PATF is excited to be able to provide loans to more people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians who are low-income so they may acquire the assistive technology that makes a difference in their lives.  

Learn more about the CDFI RRP awards.

Abilities in Motion – New Podcast Released – Disability Talks

Robert J. Reinhart, PE, Vice President of Biller Reinhart Engineering Group and Sara Bentley, National Walk Manager for the Lupus Foundation, sit down with our host, Shelly Houser, on a new episode of DisAbility Talks!   Learn about Lupus and social stigmas associated with the disease with these amazing guests.    

To find out more about our guests, visit these links:
Websites: https://www.lupus.org/
Twitter: @LupusOrg
Instagram: @LupusOrg
Facebook: LupusFoundationofAmerica and https://www.facebook.com/sara.bentley.3150 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-reinhart-46360917/ and https://www.linkedin.com/in/sara-bentley-7464a14/

https://www.abilitiesinmotion.org/podcast

DVI of Lebanon County Deputy Director, Mike Ritter, discusses 24/7 support to victims of domestic violence.

Listen to DVI of Lebanon County, Inc. Deputy Director, Mike Ritter discuss the assistance that is available in Lebanon County for all persons of domestic violence. Domestic Violence occurs in every sector of life without regard to age, race, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, income level or profession. DVI is available 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week, 365 days a year to support the victim of domestic violence offering confidential assistance, safety, education, empowerment and advocacy. ALL services are free of charge and do not require health insurance.

ASA is Excited to Announce its Theme for 2021-2022 Advancing Economic Security

https://www.asaging.org/

Throughout this year, much of our programming and content will be viewed through the lens of advancing economic security for older adults. Learn more about ASA’s priority areas. To launch this year’s programming, we invite you to join Edward Jones CEO Ken Cella, MBA, and Ken Dychtwald, PhD, to learn about the second stage of their joint research project on retirement.

The Four Pillars of the New Retirement, What a Difference a Year Makes

Getting to Know Bellomo & Associates

Bellomo & Associates LLC is located in York, PA and able to service clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Attorney Jeff Bellomo shares in this interview how Bellomo & Associates can help you in their specialties of estate planning, asset protection, wills and trust planning, powers of attorney, elder law, Medicaid application, qualification and crisis planning as well as special needs, disability planning and veterans’ benefits. Bellomo has recently added a Client Care Advocate Social Worker to assist with the integration of health-related issues into the estate and transition process. Bellomo has several free videos on its website, “bellomoassociates.com,” to assist in an awareness of these vital legal services.

Resources for Advocates Serving Older Immigrants

Many older immigrants face barriers to accessing services and public benefits, as well as immigration law challenges. As new immigrants from Afghanistan are arriving in the United States this month, aging services advocates and legal assistance providers can play a role in helping older immigrants navigate these barriers to critically needed services and explain their rights. Immigration status generally determines eligibility for benefits programs and services, such as cash assistance and health insurance. Some Afghans may qualify for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) and others may be seeking refugee status. Aging services and legal assistance providers might find it helpful to reach and assist older immigrants through partnerships with resettlement agencies and similar organizations aiding in the resettlement efforts. Here are some resources for advocates to help deliver trauma-informed services and better understand eligibility issues, available services, and asserting language access rights:

NCLER: Access to Public Benefits for Older Immigrants (webinar recording and Chapter Summary)
NCLER: Language Access Rights: Tips for Advocates of Limited English Proficient Older Adults
NCLER: Trauma-Informed Lawyering
Justice in Aging: Older Immigrants and Medicare
Social Security Administration: Spotlight on SSI Benefits for Noncitizens
HealthCare.gov: Health Coverage for Immigrants
Immigrant Legal Resource Center: Public Charge Resources
National Immigration Law Center: Overview of Immigrant Eligibility for Federal Programs and Overview Table National Immigration Law Center: FAQ- Eligibility for Assistance Based on Immigration Status

September 3 – Lebanon Partners meeting cancelled

Please be advised that the Friday, September 3 meeting of the Lebanon County ADRC partners meeting has been cancelled due to a conflict in scheduling. We will reschedule Jessica Kemp in the near future. Thank you for your patience and understanding.