Social Security Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021
Voting Access for People with Disabilities
DRWV October newsletter.pdf
Medicare Fraud - Prevent, Detect, Report
Senior Medicare Patrol
Application for COVID Testing Coverage
Covid 19 Testing Medicaid Coverage.pdf
Extended Equitable Relief for Medicare Premiums due to COVID-19
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
announced an extended equitable relief period for beneficiaries who are unable
to pay their premiums because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. CMS is still
encouraging beneficiaries to pay their premiums on time, however, they are
giving beneficiaries who are unable to pay due to the pandemic until September
30, 2020 to pay their premiums without terminating their coverage.
How to Contact Social Security During the Pandemic
Local Social Security offices are closed during the pandemic,
but they are available to help you over the phone. This link will take you to
the Social Security Office Locator where you can find the
phone number for your local office.
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West Virginia Strong Summer Food Assistance Programs
June 4, 2020, Governor Justice announced improved coordination among
all state, federal and community nutritional resources as a part of his
Administration's COVID-19 response. The link below connects you with an
interactive map to find resources in your area. You can also call 2-1-1
and a member of the United Way team will assist you.
Information on Electronic Absentee Ballots for Persons with Physical Disabilities in WV
County Clerk offices
are in the process of mailing the 2020 Primary Election COVID-19 Mail-In
Absentee Ballot Requests to all registered voters in West Virginia. The mailer
includes the absentee ballot application and outlines the process.
However, the mailer does not include the option to apply for an electronic
absentee ballot. You may vote by an electronic absentee ballot due to:
physical disability that prevents an individual from voting in person, and
· From voting a paper ballot without assistance.
If you are eligible
and would like to apply for an electronic absentee ballot:
the absentee application at http://GoVoteWV.com or request it from your
the instructions on the application. Be sure to check the box to vote
electronically and to enter your email address.
your application to your County Clerk by mail, fax or email.
A County Clerk
directory is available at http://GoVoteWV.com. You may also call the
Secretary of State at 866-767-8683 for County Clerk information.
Follow this link that
will show you how to apply for an electronic absentee ballot for Persons with
Physical Disabilities in WV and will also demonstrate how to submit an
electronic absentee ballot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIPhMFslQY4&t=
For more information
about your right to vote, please contact Disability Rights of West Virginia at
Economic Impact Payments (Stimulus Checks) for Non-Tax Filers
If someone drew Social Security (SSDI,
retirement, Widow's, SSI) in 2018 or 2019 but did not file taxes due to income
being below tax filing thresholds, they will still automatically receive the
Economic Impact Payments without having to do anything and the payment will be
deposited to the account in which they receive their Social Security checks.
However, if they have
qualifying children under 17, it is recommended that they go to the IRS’ new
webtool for Non-Filers to enter their information so they can also
claim/receive the dependent child payments.
Also, if someone did
not file taxes in 2018 or 2019 and did not start drawing Social Security
benefits until 2020, they will need to go to the IRS’s Non-Filers website to
enter their information to receive a payment.
Please see the below
link from Social Security for further information about these updates. As
a reminder, Social Security and the IRS are not going to call individuals
regarding their Economic Impact Payments such calls are scams! The only
official place to get information/file for payment for non-filers is the IRS
website: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments. This is also the place for people to go to see if they are eligible for a
payment, and soon to check the status of your Economic Impact Payment.
SERVICES FOR SENIORS DURING THE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) CRISISIf you are looking for information on what senior services are available during the COVID-19 crisis, contact your local county aging provider (senior center). The link below will direct you to the County Aging Provider page on the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services website.
County Aging Providers (Senior Centers
SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people
experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990 is
a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate
crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to
any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and
confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United
States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms
are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or
text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis
Welcome to the West Virginia ADRN!
To locate providers that service your
area, click on Find Organizations in the panel to the left. A new screen will open, where you should
select the needed service from the Services dropdown list. Next, enter your
county name in the Areas Served field, then click Search to produce a list of
organizations that will provide that service in your area. You can also do a geographical search by using the zip code
or location search features; however, providers that appear in those results
may not service your area. For detailed instructions see Search by Areas Served Instructions or Search by Zip Code Instructions.
The West Virginia Aging &
Disability Resource Network (ADRN) and our partner agencies are a bridge to
available resources to assist you and your family with questions about
long-term care services and supports that may allow you or your loved one to
remain at home and active in the community for as long as possible. At the
ADRN, you will find professionally trained staff that can answer your
questions about programs and other resources available in your area, how to
access these services, and can also assist you in applying for those
programs and supports that best suit your independent living and long-term
The ADRN is a state-funded resource and is a division of the West Virginia
Bureau of Senior Services. There is a wide-ranging list of resources
available to you on our web site. This list is offered for informational
purposes and to assist you. The West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services
does not endorse or recommend any agency or business listed. The help that
you receive from the ADRN will empower you to make informed choices and
decisions regarding long-term care. It is recommended that you contact an
ADRN partner for more specific information and for a comprehensive
assessment of your needs. You can also visit our on-line resource database
to see what services are available to meet your needs.
Services offered at the ADRN are available to anyone, at no charge,
regardless of age or income. For more information, please call toll-free
1-866-981-2372, or click here
for the ADRN partners that serve your area.