Monday, October 29, 2012

Am I eligible for free lifeline cell phone? Known as Obama Phone.

Lifeline is available for one telephone line per eligible household. A household is everyone (including children and people who are not related to you) who lives in your home and shares income and household expenses.


Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services. In 2005, Lifeline discounts were made available to qualifying low-income consumers on pre-paid wireless service plans in addition to traditional landline service. Lifeline is part of the Universal Service Fund.
The Lifeline program is available to eligible low-income consumers in every state, territory, commonwealth, and on Tribal lands. Consumers with proper proof of eligibility may be qualified to enroll.  To participate in the program, consumers must have an income that is at or below 135% of the federal Poverty Guidelines or participate in a qualifying state, federal or Tribal assistance program.
Checkout FCC website formore details http://www.fcc.gov/lifeline
Note  Beware of Scammers

2012 Progress Towards Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections Meeting: Register Today


Join us at the Washington Marriott Hotel on October 30, 2012, where the Office of Healthcare Quality will host the second Progress Towards Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections stakeholder meeting to:
  • Review progress towards achieving the five-year national healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention targets for reducing the incidence of specific HAIs established in the National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination in September 2008;
  • Introduce the Phase III Chapter: Long-Term Care Facilities of the revised and expanded National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination;
  • Provide updates on measures and prevention goals for Ambulatory Surgical Centers, End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities, Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Workers, and Long-Term Care Facilities, as well as for reducing ventilator-associated events;
  • Discuss how to sustain and accelerate progress toward the national targets for elimination of healthcare-associated infections in acute care hospitals; and,
  • Discuss what should be done to sustain and accelerate progress toward the broader goals of the HAI Action Plan, within the context of interventions across settings of care, HAI surveillance as patients transition across settings and communities, patient engagement and activation, coordination of federal programs, and the role of the environment in HAI prevention.
Additional information about the meeting, including the Agenda At-A-Glance and how to register, is available at the 2012 Progress Towards Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections Meeting webpage. We encourage early registration- space is limited.

People with Medicare save $4.8 billion on prescription drugs because of the health care law

 As a result of the Affordable Care Act, 5.6 million seniors and people with disabilities have saved $4.8 billion on prescription drugs since the law was enacted, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today. This year alone, 2.3 million people in the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap known as the “donut hole” have saved an average of $657. In addition, during the first nine months of 2012, over 20.7 million people with original Medicare got at least one preventive service at no cost to them. Read the Press Release >>

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Health care law increases access to primary care through the National Health Service Corps


Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that $229.4 million was invested in the National Health Service Corps in 2012 to support more doctors and nurses and increase access to primary care. These investments included nearly 4,600 loan repayment and scholarship awards to clinicians and students, and grants to 32 states to support state loan repayment programs. Read the Press Release >>

Medicare Open Enrollment

 People with Medicare can use new star ratings to compare the quality of health and drug plans being offered for 2013, and select the plan that best fits their needs.

Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15th through December 7th.
Find and compare plans using the Medicare Plan Finder.

Social Security Announces 1.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2013

Social Security Announces 1.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2013

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 62 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2013. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2013, and the increased payments to SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2012. The average monthly benefit that a Social Security Disability beneficiary receives, $1,113, will increase to $1,132.

Visit Disability.gov for more information about Social Security and other benefits programs.





Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Housing Choice Vouchers Fact Sheet

What are housing choice vouchers?
Am I eligible?
How do I apply?
Local preferences and waiting list - what are they and how do they affect me?
Housing vouchers - how do they function?
The rent subsidy and more

Check out:     Housing Choice Vouchers Fact Sheet

Affordable Care Act funds to enhance quality of care at community health centers

 Affordable Care Act funds to enhance quality of care at community health centers
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced new grants that will improve the quality of care at community health centers and ensure more women are screened for cervical cancer. The grants will help 810 community health centers become patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and increase their rates of cervical cancer screening. Read the Press Release >>
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Americans with Medicare will save $5,000 through 2022

Through the Affordable Care Act, Americans with Medicare will save $5,000 through 2022
Because of the health care law – the Affordable Care Act – the average person with traditional Medicare will save $5,000 from 2010 to 2022, according to a report today from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.