Important Updates

Important Updates


What You Need to Know

NYS Department of Health Website gives real time updates on the current situations and important announcements for the New York State Government
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* Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services. Any New Yorker can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.


OPWDD COVID-19 Guidance Related to Vaccine Consent

OPWDD has released the below additional guidance on the COVID-19 vaccine consent process –                                                                                                              Interim Guidance: Use of an Informed Consent Committee for Consent to the COVID-19 Vaccine

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2021 Special Enrollment Period in response to the COVID-19 Emergency

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the COVID Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Medicaid and Medicare will be extended from May 15 to August 15, 2021. The COVID SEP is ongoing as it began on February 15, and now consumers will now have an additional three months in which to enroll in coverage without needing to provide proof of a qualifying life event (e.g., eligibility assessment for homecare). All active Medicaid cases with authorization and coverage dates ending in March, April, May and June will be systemically extended for 12 months.” If a case was closed after March 18, 2020, it will be reopened.

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