The Governors’ of Emergency Management and the Department of Elder Affairs have issues order related to CoVID 19. The DOEA related directly to the duties of guardians. Please continue to monitor this page for developments.
The National Guardianship Association, along with the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging and the National Center for State Courts, recognizes that guardians have many questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting their responsibilities. They have developed an FAQ providing suggestions and resources to help Guardians navigate through this pandemic.
- AHCA https://ahca.myflorida.com/
- The World Health Organization https://www.who.int/
- Florida Department of Health http://www.floridahealth.gov
- CDC COVID-19 – Comprehensive information for both providers and patients.
- CMS Emergency Information – The latest emergency information from CMS.
- CMS COVID-19 Virtual Toolkit – A Virtual Toolkit to help you stay up-to-date regarding CMS materials.
- CMS Waivers for Providers – Waivers include information about the three-day hospital stay prior to admission to a skilled nursing facility.
- CMS Press Release – New measures to protect nursing home residents.
- ZOOM Attendee Controls- Virtual Meetings
SCAMS COVID 19
New fraud schemes exploiting the coronavirus public health emergency are causing authorities to issue warnings. Scammers are creating websites, using phone and email, and posting disinformation on social media platforms. Here are the top 6 categories now.
Testing & Treatment Scams: Fake at-home testing kits, door-to-door testing for money or ID theft, phony product cures, vaccines, and unproven treatments for COVID-19. Supply scams: Using websites, social media accounts, and email scammers offer to sell medical supplies like surgical masks. Crooks keep the cash and don’t deliver the goods. Provider scams: Pretending to be doctors and hospitals that have treated a friend or relative for COVID-19, crooks call or email demanding payment for that treatment. Phishing scams: Posing as national and global health authorities including the CDC, WHO, and local agencies, scammers are sending emails and texts that trick recipients into downloading malware or providing personal identifying and financial information. App scams: Creating and manipulating mobile apps to track the spread of COVID-19 and insert malware that will compromise users’ devices and steal personal information. Investment scams: Online promotions, including social media, claiming products or services of publicly traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure COVID-19.
To learn more about COVID-19 scams and tips to avoid them visit the Federal Trade Commission, FBI, and US Attorney. To report COVID-19 scams visit US Department of Justice website for links. *Sources FTC, Oregon US.A., FBI
CORONA VIRUS GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE
The Federal Government recently passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that provides financial assistance to individuals, families, and businesses affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 (FAQ US Dept Labor). Knowing how to apply for and obtain government assistance can be confusing and that’s where scammers step in. Using fake websites, social media accounts, phishing emails, texts, and more, these criminals target victims, especially seniors, into giving up their cash or personal info with promises of free money. Fake Government Grant scams have been around for years, and they’re now being modified to exploit the COVID-19 crisis. The U.S. Federal Government doesn’t offer grants (free money) to individuals period. Anyone claiming they do is a scammer.
How to get real help now. USA.gov offers federal benefit programs designed to assist individuals and families in need to become self-sufficient or lower their expenses. There are also loans for businesses and individuals, including expanded COVID-19 assistance programs available through the Small Business Administration.
Florida is offering assistance to individuals who’ve lost employment, income, or suffered reduced hours due to COVID-19 by applying for assistance from the Florida DOE. They’ve also published a FAQ document to better explain available assistance. Business assistance is also available through FloridaDisasterLoan.org.
Beware of any unsolicited assistance offers and always do your research before giving anyone your money or personal information
CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID RESOURCES
CMS’s COVID-19 web page includes a variety of resources for the networks:
- FAQ for State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies (March 12, 2020).
- CMS issued revised Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in nursing homes. This included revised guidance for visitation.
- Home and Community-Based Section 1915(c) Waiver Information
- New coronavirus stable for hours on surfaces (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
- To Beat COVID-19, Social Distancing is a Must (NIH Director’s Blog)
- Schools, Workplaces & Community Locations
Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) – Emergency Preparedness for Health Centers
U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs Response to COVID-19