When drafting communications to your Chapters about the vaccination process, we encourage Chapters to be as clear as possible regarding whether the vaccine will be mandatory, and whether the Chapter will be offering paid time off to obtain the vaccine and/or to recover from the vaccine. Additionally, we encourage Chapters to be clear regarding any vaccine incentive programs, keeping in mind the need to ensure that these programs are not discriminatory towards those who are unable to get the vaccine for medical reasons.
Revised Week 4 Vaccine Prioritization in OPWDD Certified Settings Guidance
Second Round of Economic Impact Payments
Congress authorized another round of stimulus checks, called Economic Impact Payments (EIPs), in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arc US developed a brief guide to the latest round of stimulus payments, which is available in English
. Eligibility is similar to the previous round of EIPs, except payments this round are $600 for individuals and $1,200 for married couples who filed jointly. There is a $600 supplemental credit per child age 16 or younger. If you previously received the first round stimulus payment, you should automatically receive this round as well. More information, including eligibility verification and payment status can be found here.
The New York State Office of Health Insurance Programs released GIS 21/MA 01
on January 19, 2021, confirming that these funds will be disregarded when determining Medicaid eligibility.