Independence, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of a Public Health Worker (PHW) position for a two-year contract period within our organization! If you have Covid-19 or other public health questions or concerns, please reach out to Amy Ballinger, email@example.com or 785-371-1646
Medicaid Continuous Coverage Unwinding
The Continuous Enrollment Period will end March 31, 2023
As part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, signed into law on December 29, 2022, Congress set an end of March 31, 2023 for the continuous enrollment provision, and phases down of the enhanced federal Medicaid matching funds through December 2023. It’s estimated that millions of people will lose coverage during this year-long unwinding. [source KFF https://www.kff.org/medicaid/issue-brief/10-things-to-know-about-the-unwinding-of-the-medicaid-continuous-enrollment-provision ]
People who have moved since the start of the pandemic, those with limited English proficiency (LEP) and people with disabilities, may be at greater risk for losing Medicaid coverage when the continuous enrollment provision ends. For information on how to re-apply, maintain coverage, or apply for Marketplace insurance, visit our Medicaid Help Page
Long-COVID/Chronic Illness Support Groups
Do you have or think you may have Long-COVID? Are you interested in learning more about this complex disorder? Would meeting peers who are in similar situations be helpful? Are you a provider, community services provider, mental health professional or other stakeholder interested in guest-moderating a group? If you answer yes to any of these, contact us today to get involved with forming, moderating or attending online Long-Covid/Chronic Illness peer support groups to share stories, resources and helpful information about this largely misunderstood, under-diagnosed and potentially life-altering condition. Groups are starting to form and we want to hear from YOU! Check out this informative flyer and contact us today!
Our Current COVID-19 Operating Policy
- Masks are optional throughout our building for those that are fully vaccinated.
- Social distancing continues to be practiced throughout our building.
- We have a new secure enclosure in our lobby reception area to ensure the safety of all. All visitors and consumers must check in at the front desk before being admitted into the building.
- Our Computer Lab is now OPEN to the Public. Safety barriers have been installed between computers and we ask that only 2 people at a time utilize our lab and that visitors social distance, keeping one computer in between you
- We continue to offer and encourage virtual meetings when possible and ask that you make an appointment for in-person meetings with staff. All staff are available to meet with consumers through Zoom, Chime, phone, email or in-person. We are also available to chat through our Website instant chat and Facebook Messenger. Our office hours are 8:30-5:00 Monday through Friday for walk-in and scheduled appointments.
Get Vaccinated! Vaccine Info and Resources
Getting vaccinated is now convenient (no appointment necessary at most locations), open to everyone 5 years and older – and it’s FREE! If you live in Douglas County and need a ride to your appointment, contact our Independence, Inc. General Public Transportation Department and get scheduled!
► Administration for Community Living (ACL) Vaccine Resources: A vaccine “cheat sheet”, current vaccine and booster guidance and other resources
► Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health Walk-in Vaccine Clinic: Anyone eligible can go to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, 200 Maine St., for a walk-in vaccine appointment on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins are available from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays. Also find registration forms, COVID facts, resources, guidance and testing locations.
►LMH Health COVID19 Resource Page : Answers to the most-asked COVID-19 questions, vaccine eligibility, where to get your vaccine and more!
►Center for Disease Control: COVID-19 Vaccines for People with Disabilities
►Center for Disease Control: Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines
►State of Kansas Go Get Tested site: Free COVID-19 testing site directory
COVID-19 and Pandemic-related Resources
►Columbia University School of Public Health: Epidemic, Endemic, Pandemic: What are the Differences?
►World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 page
- Housing Assistance:
- Kansas Eviction Prevention Program– CARES Act funded program to assist tenants behind on rent because of COVID
- Utility Assistance
- City of Lawrence CARES act utility assistance – begins November 1st, 2020
- Food Resources:
- COVID-Related Community Updates
►Kansas Resources and Information
- The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and your Medicaid Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
- Housing resources: Foreclosure, Eviction, Late Rent
- Symptom Checker – COVID-19 vs. Cold, Flu, Allergies
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment Updates and Resources
► Self Advocacy/Resources for People with Disabilities & Direct Support Workers
- Southeast ADA Center and ADA National Network COVID-19 portal for people with disabilities
- SARTAC COVID-19 information for self-advocates
- COVID-19 HCBS Waiver Meaures:
- National Rehabilitation Information Center – resources to stay healthy, active and engaged while sheltering-in-place
- GrassRoots Advocates for Independent Living (GRAIL): Preparation Tips for Self-Directing Consumers
- National ILRU Disaster Hotline for People With Disabilities
- EEOC Issued Updated COVID-19 Technical Assistance Publication : What You Should Know About COVID-19, the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and Other EEO Laws
► National Efforts and Resources for Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccination
- LISC: Vaccine Access Fund National Initiative
- Administration for Community Living: Strategies for Helping Older Adults and People with Disabilities Access COVID-19 Vaccines
- Office for Civil Rights: Disability Access in Vaccine Distribution
- President Biden’s National Strategy for COVID-19 Response
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Bulletins
►National Organization Websites and Information
- Idividual $500 COVID-19 relief: grant opportunity for those with SCI/D
- World Health Organization COVID-19 Information
- CDC – How to Protect Yourself
- CDC American Sign Language COVID video series
- For Employers/Workplace: EEOC Guidance on COVID-19 and the ADA
- For Employers: Employers Practical Guide to Reasonable Accommodations During the Interview Process
Long Covid Info & Resources
►Washington Post Article: How Long Covid Could Change the Way We Think About Disability
►Administration for Community Living: Resources for People with Long Covid
►American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R): information, resources and National Call to Action
►U.S. Department of Labor Long Covid Support
►Department of Healthcare and Human Services: Guidance on “Long COVID” as a Disability Under the ADA, Section 504, and Section 1557