- The HHS Office on Disability has launched a redesigned
website with an improved user interface. Information in the key domains of housing, education, information
technology, transportation, health, employment, and community integration can be accessed easily and precisely.
- Prescription drug coverage is now available for Medicare beneficiaries through the
federal Medicare Part D program. For additional information and enrollment, you may call 1-800-MEDICARE
or visit the
Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage webpage
for a wealth of information on this important new program. You can also find out if you are eligible for Social Security's Extra Help Program to pay for the
premiums, annual deductible, and co-payments related to the Medicare Prescription Drug program.
- The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has launched a new monthly online health advice column for Spanish-speaking consumers called Consejos de Salud Para Ti. The column provides helpful tips on preventive health, safe and appropriate use of medications, how to get better health care, and other important health care issues. The column is part of AHRQ's "Información en Español" web site which has been enhanced to include audio and video in Spanish on a wide range of health care topics. The web site contains more than 35 consumer guides on health care quality, surgery, health conditions and diseases, quitting smoking, understanding health insurance options and prevention and wellness. Click on this link to get to the web site and the advice column:: www.ahrq.gov/consumer/espanoix.htm.
- U.S. Department of Labor Launches New "Disability.gov" Web Site. In conjunction with the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the U.S. Department of Labor has re-named and re-launched DisabilityInfo.gov as Disability.gov. Available at www.disability.gov, the site offers comprehensive information about programs and services to better serve more than 50 million Americans with disabilities, their family members, veterans, employers, educators, caregivers and anyone interested in disability-related information.
The new Web site integrates content from 22 federal agencies and will be managed by the Labor Department. The former DisabilityInfo.gov site was revamped with social media tools to encourage interaction and feedback, and new ways to organize, share and receive information. Visitors can sign up for personalized news and updates, participate in online discussions and suggest resources for the site. New features include a Twitter feed, Really Simple Syndication feeds, a blog, social bookmarking and a user-friendly way to obtain answers to questions on such topics as finding employment and job accommodations. Additional tools will be added during the months ahead. For more information go to New Disability web site information
- Caregivers in Delaware have access free-of-charge to a valuable new resource in VieBridge Connections Delaware, sponsored
by the Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD). Through
this web-based program, caregivers can consult local experts on a variety of health and social service
issues, view informative videos, connect with other caregivers, and access tools to keep track of medications,
appointments, nutrition, and other important information.
- Services and Programs for
the Aging Population
- Delaware Medicaid providers may access the Delaware Medical Assistance Provider manuals
at the Delaware Medical Assistance Provider Web Site.
Wednesday April 25 2012