PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY ENDS ON MAY 11th, 2023
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC
CDC – State and Territorial Health Departments – STLT Gateway
FREE N95 MASKS
According to GoodRx Health (Where can you get your free N95 mask?), “you can pick up your free masks at many of the same grocery store and pharmacy chains that provide free COVID-19 vaccines. The U.S. government is using the same network of 21 partners — called the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program (FRPP) — to distribute masks to the public. It’s also sending masks to some community health centers.”
FREE AT-HOME COVID-19 TESTS
ACL.gov Update: Free COVID-19 At-home Tests Again Available Online
“The White House has announced a new limited round of free at-home COVID-19 tests for the winter. Households can now order either standard at-home tests or tests that are more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. Shipping is free.
Older adults and people with disabilities who need support ordering the free at-home tests can contact the Eldercare Locator (800-677-1116) or the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL, 888-677-1199). Staff are available to assist you from 8 AM to 9 PM ET Monday through Friday. They can help you learn more about testing options, including by connecting you to accessible instructions and helping with test administration.”
Help with ordering free at-home COVID-19 tests
- Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests (currently available in limited supply! Ships free starting 12/19/22)
- Get free at-home COVID-19 tests
- Tests for people who are blind or have low vision | ACL Administration for Community Living
- Medicare Covers Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Tests | CMS
- Free COVID-19 At-Home Test Kits For Medicare Recipients (medicareprecision.com)
- How to get your At-Home Over-The-Counter COVID-19 Test for Free | CMS
- COVID-19 Over-the-Counter (OTC) tests
TRANSPORTATION ACCESS TO COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS
- Let Medicaid Give You a Ride (cms.gov)
- Ride United-Our Impact | United Way Worldwide
- Whitehouse (gogograndparent.com)
- Helping people get rides to vaccine appointments – Lyft | Vaccine Access
- VA Travel Pay Reimbursement | Veterans Affairs
Over-the-counter COVID-19 Tests
“An added boost for COVID-19 testing came on January 15, 2022, when the Biden Administration mandated that health insurers must cover over-the-counter at-home tests without requiring an order from a healthcare provider.
According to the Marin County COVID-19 Status Update: January 25, 2022:
Federal law now requires health insurers to:
- Cover up to eight FDA-approved or authorized over-the-counter at-home tests for each insured person each month.
- Cover over-the-counter tests without a provider’s order, without any cost-sharing requirements (deductibles, co-payments, or coinsurance), and without prior authorization.
- Note: Insurers may require you to pay up-front and submit a claim for reimbursement)
- Cover over-the-counter tests bought from in-network pharmacies and direct shipping
- Note: If no up-front payment is required, reimbursement is limited to $12 per test. If up-front payment is required, full cost will be reimbursed.”
- Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)
- LIHWAPs-Improper-Restrictions-on-Access-for-Immigrants-December-15-2021.pdf (nhlp.org)
- NCLER Training: Accessing Benefits and Supports for Older Adults with Long COVID: Webinar Recording, Slides, & Resource Guide Government COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults
- Money Smart for Older Adults COVID-19 Scams and Planning Tips (gpo.gov)
SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT
Resources for the immigrant community during COVID-19 – United We Dream
EMERGENCY RENTAL & MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE
NCLER Training Resource: Advocating for Tenants in the Aftermath of COVID-19
The Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program is available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
Financial Assistance for Food, Housing & Bills is available on USA.gov, and includes stimulus checks, food stamps, and meal programs, rent assistance and eviction moratorium, and mortgage relief related to COVID-19.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition has compiled a list of rental assistance resources and contacts by state and region.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Find Help with Rent and Utilities
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness provides a Comprehensive Step by Step Guide for People at Risk of Eviction, educating those in need about how to get informed, reach out, apply for emergency aid, claim your pandemic relief, and helps landlords connect to resources to help their tenants in an effort to avoid evictions.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides COVID-19 Resources for Renters and answers common questions that are pertinent to renters.
The U.S. Department of Treasury has compiled a list of emergency rental assistance programs by U.S. states, U.S. territories, and Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs).
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs describes VA Assistance to Help Avoid Eviction.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Help for Home Owners and Renters During the Coronavirus National Emergency
HUD also provides COVID-19 Resources for Home Owners.
Housing Assistance Fund (HAF): Navigating the Program Guidelines and Implementation Challenges: Webinar Recording, Slides, & FAQ (NCLER Resources)
COVID-19 Hardship Forbearance
FUNERAL EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM
Details on FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Expense Reimbursement Program