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Mobile Test Collection for the Coronavirus is coming to Rogers and Troy on May 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Conducted by the Texas Department of State Health Services and other Texas agencies, the tests will be held at the fire departments and will be by appointment only. If you are experiencing the following symptoms, call 512-883-2400 or visit txcovidtest.org to register. You will be screened to see if you

This publication created and produced by Texas Legal Services Center with financial assistance in whole or in part through a grant from the Administration for Community Living. Medicare Covers COVID-19 Testing Medicare Part B covers diagnostic testing, including testing for COVID-19 (commonly known as the “coronavirus”). Tests ordered by your doctor or other healthcare provider and done on or after February 4, 2020, will be covered by Medicare. However, your provider may

Posted on March 27, 2020 by Gail S. Ennis, Inspector General for Social Security Today, I am warning the public about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19 or coronavirus-related office closures. Social Security will not suspend or discontinue benefits because their offices are closed. The Social Security Office of the Inspector General has received reports that Social Security beneficiaries have received letters through the U.S. Mail stating their payments will

Date April 3, 2020  - Press Release Governor Greg Abbott announced on March 25, 2020, that Texas has received a $16.2 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help communities provide meals for older adults. The grant was part of a $250 million dollar outlay authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 18,

Connecting Older Adults to Services Online We are proud to announce that our new, updated website launched this week! While our old site was only a few years old and comprehensive in sharing our tools and resources, the format lacked some features to make it as user-friendly as it should have been. Our overall goals for the new website include making it easier to navigate, more accessible for our audience, and

Delegates from 28 Districts Sworn in at the 18th Texas Silver-Haired Legislature Press Release by Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) The 18th Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) convened on the floor of the House of Representatives in Austin, Texas, July 14- 18 this summer. Eighty delegates from 28 districts in Texas were sworn in for a two-year term by the Honorable Donna Howard, Texas Rep. District 48. This five-day meeting was the first of three TSHL sessions

Our Community Health & Wellness Programs Coordinator Susan Burchfield presented the Older Americans Month Proclamation to Stanley Koonsen, Mayor of Holland, TX on April 29, 2019. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) each May, Older Americans Month (OAM) provides resources to help older Americans stay healthy and independent, and resources to help communities support and celebrate their diversity. OAM has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 56

Not Forgotten:  Protecting Americans From Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes By Chrystal Griggs, Regional Ombudsman for Central Texas Council of Governments On March 6, 2019, the Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Grassley, held a hearing entitled, “Not Forgotten: Protecting Americans From Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes.” After opening statements from Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Senator Ron Wyden, the daughters of two nursing home residents gave heartbreaking and distressing

Washington DC- Across the country, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities along with family members, ombudsmen, citizen advocates, facility staff and others will honor the individual rights of long-term care residents by celebrating Residents’ Rights Month. Residents’ Rights Month is an annual event held in October by the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care to celebrate and focus on awareness of dignity, respect and the value