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Emergency Broadband Benefit

The FCC has authorized a new program, the Emergency Broadband Benefit, which aims to help households that are having difficulties paying for internet service during the pandemic.  Access to the internet is more vital now more than ever since connectivity is needed for access to things like critical health care services.

The benefit would give a discount of up to $50 per month for broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for those households on Tribal lands.  Additionally, eligible households may be able to receive a one-time discount of up to $100 for the purchase of a laptop, desktop computer, or a tablet from a participating provider – if they contribute more than $10 but less than $50 of the purchase price. (more…)

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CCSLS Kicks Off Spring Fundraiser

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This past year has brought unprecedented challenges to seniors in our community. The impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic continue. Homelessness is increasing despite eviction protections. Scams targeting seniors are on the rise. Many seniors have fallen into debt.

Together with your help we will meet the need for legal representation. The dollars you help raise will go towards keeping older adults housed, fighting abuse, and remedying fraud in Contra Costa.

To make a contribution to our Spring Fundraising Campaign, Click HERE and navigate to the “Donate Now” Button to give.

To learn more about CCSLS and our fundraising campaign, please scroll down and click on the play button below to view our video.

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Hoarding: What is it and What You Can Do About it

The time for Spring cleaning is here! For many of us, this means it’s time to do our dusting, mop our floors, and clean out our cabinets. In some quarters however, this is challenging. For people who suffer from hoarding, just the prospect of cleaning up clutter can be an anxiety-filled and distress-inducing endeavor. While many of us may have heard of hoarding or may even know someone who has suffered from hoarding disorder, misconceptions about hoarding are common. We’re here to dispel some of those misconceptions and provide resources for people who suffer from hoarding disorder. (more…)

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Geek Squad Support Scam Email

Look out for tech support renewal emails that appear to come from Geek Squad. Seniors are being targeting by a new fake Geek Squad Tech Support renewal notice. The example on the right is a scam email from ordernotification@nuis.com that was sent to a senior. It says that her service has been renewed through an automatic deduction of  $579.99. The senior had not renewed any Geek Squad service. She checked her accounts and did not find any charges and took no further actions. However, people who have responded to the email to question the alleged deduction have been conned out of large amounts of money.

Multiple sources have written about the Geek Squad email scam, including  The Oakland Press,  StarTribuneYahooNews, WFTV9ABC, and Detroit Free Press. Best Buy also has posted information cautioning about phishing, email and text scams, click here to view.

The FTC has more information about how to spot scam emails here. For emails that may be scams, don’t click links or call the phone numbers listed in the email. If you receive a fake email report it to the FTC here.

To enlarge the sample email on the right click here or on the image.

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Tax Day 2021

April may be here, but Tax Day is not. This year, the deadline to file your federal and California 2020 income tax return was extended to May 17, 2021. The extended deadline is meant to give people more time to file their returns and to provide more time for everyone involved to adjust to the challenges of filing taxes in the age of COVID-19. The extended tax filing and payment deadline applies to all individual state and federal taxpayers whose tax returns and payments were initially due on April 15, 2021.

There is however an exception to this extended deadline. First quarter estimated tax payments are still due on April 15, 2021.1 The extended May 17 filing deadline does not apply to people who owe estimated tax payments. This April 15 deadline applies to both California and federal estimated tax payments.2 (more…)

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Are You Still Waiting For Your Third Stimulus Payment?

On March 30, the IRS and Treasury Department announced that the majority of recipients of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Railroad Retirement benefits who did not file a tax return for 2019 or 2020 will receive their $1,400 stimulus payment by electronic deposit on April 7. VA beneficiaries who do not typically file tax returns will probably have their stimulus payments by mid-April.

If you do not receive federal benefits and typically do not file tax returns, you should submit a 2020 return in order to get your stimulus payment. This will also allow you to claim a recovery rebate credit if you did not receive the previous stimulus checks.

For additional information, visit Get My Payment on the IRS website.

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Nursing Home Visitation Guidelines Updated by CMS

 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated their guidelines for visitation in nursing homes, accounting for vaccination efforts. Restrictions on visitation have been eased, generally allowing most indoor and outdoor visitation.

· Screening of all who enter the facility for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 remain, including those who have had close contact with someone infected by COVID-19 in the prior 14 days of their visit, even if visitor has been vaccinated.

· Outdoor visitation is still preferred even if both the visitor and the resident have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

· Indoor visitation should be limited when:

  • Residents that have not been vaccinated, if the nursing home’s COVID county positivity rate is greater than 10% and less than 70% of the residents are fully vaccinated.
  • Residents with a COVID-19 infection, even if they have been vaccinated.
  • Residents in quarantine, even if they have been vaccinated.

· CMS recognizes the difficulties that arise with isolation and separation, thus, if the resident is fully vaccinated, they can choose to have close contact with their loved ones, as long as they wear a face mask and wash their hands before and after the interaction.

· Compassionate care visits should be always allowed, regardless of the resident’s vaccination status, the county’s positivity rate, or if there is an outbreak.

Click here to view the full list of visitation guidelines.

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Crisis of Caregiving: The Challenge of Caregiving in the Age of COVID-19

Caregiving is a tough job. Even when we are not in the midst of a global pandemic, caregiving is difficult and stressful. There are approximately 53 million unpaid caregivers in the United States and many more people who earn a living providing care to others.1 It is not uncommon for these caregivers to feel under-supported in a role that can be both isolating and fatiguing. Caregiver burnout is real problem both for caregivers and for the people who rely on those caregivers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, caregiving has become even more challenging as caregivers deal with the natural stress of caregiving and of maintaining the health and well being of themselves and those around them.

Caregiving During COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended life for many. Children are learning from home, people have lost their jobs, and many families are struggling to pay their bills and purchase food. Caregivers, their families, and the seniors they care are for are feeling anxious and worried by the devastation the pandemic has wrought in many communities. Both seniors and their caregivers are frightened of getting sick and of making their loved ones ill.

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The mission of CCSLS is to protect the rights of seniors. By providing legal services, the organization is also able to mediate poverty and improve health outcomes for the population it serves. Lawyers are uniquely qualified to help identify and address legal issues that impede the ability of seniors to remain healthy and independent.