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COVID-19 Resources

The situation and information regarding COVID-19 precautions, instructions, and supports is continuing to evolve. Please keep checking back for further information and guidance.

Last Updated April 6, 2020  10:00 AM

Social Security

** Online Services Remain Available **

Tuesday, March 17, 20200- all offices closed to the public.

Online services remain available. For more information, please visit their update page.

Local offices will also continue to provide critical services over the phone.

Medicaid & HUSKY Benefit Redeterminations

Suspension of timeframes for renewal of Medicaid/HUSKY Health & Cash Assistance benefits of current beneficiaries. 

If your medical or cash assistance benefits were scheduled to end in March 2020—benefits will be automatically continued through June 2020.

If your medical or cash assistance benefits are scheduled to end in April 2020—benefits will be automatically continued through July 2020.

Economic Impact Payments

Federal Economic Impact payments will be based off of the IRS Form SSA-1099 and Form RRB-1099 to Social Security recipients who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. Recipients will recieve these payments as a direct deposit or by paper check.

Social Security recipients who do NOT typically file a tax return do not need to take any action. Payment will be recieved directly into their bank account, as per Steven Mnuchin.

Housing Assistance

Suspension of Reapplication Requirements for:
Homeowners’ elderly/disabled circuit breaker tax relief program
Homeowners’ elderly/disabled freeze tax relief program
This allows recipients of this benefit for the coming year without recertifying their eligibility.

Transportation

Both sites are continuing to provide services with no restrictrions. Fares are currently being waived. 

Greater Bridgeport Transit Access (GBT Access)

Call 203-333-3031

Norwalk Transit District

Call 203-852-0000

Corona Virus (COVID-19) Resources for Older Adults

Yale New Haven Health

Providing a call center for those who have questions about COVID-19. Healthcare professionals from the health system are available to answer your specific questions

Monday – Friday, 7 am – 7 pm.

Call 833-275-9644

Harford HealthCare Hotline

860-972-8100 or toll-free 833-621-0600

Hartford HealthCare provides an around-the-clock hotline where callers may speak with HHC clinical experts for answers to questions.

Norwalk Hospital Call Center

Providing a hotline from 8am-8pm.

Call 888-667-9262

Stamford Hospital Call Center

Providing a call center from 7am-7pm.

Call 203-276-4111

State Call Center

CT State Services

CT Suspends in-person investigative visits regarding reports of elder abuse:

The order temporarily suspends the requirement for a state official conducting an investigation of elder abuse to perform an in-person visit to the elderly person and extends the time required to report the results of the investigation.

Department of Social Services suspends in-person visits at all facilities

Suspension of in-person hearing attendance at Department of Social Services fair hearings:

Suspension of the requirement that public assistance benefit overpayments be immediately recouped

Taxes

The deadline for paying 2019 income taxes has been extended to July 15th, however, the tax filing deadline is still April 15th.   The CT state income tax deadline is still April 15th.

VITA is a free service for inviduals to recieve help with filing taxes. They are currently offering virtual assistance to people with access to the internet.

Vita Information

Schedule a VITA appointment

 

Medicare

Medicare Part B to cover COVID-19 Testing from February 4, 2020 and forward.

Medicare Part B waives copays

Husky Health

Applications are open year-round for HUSKY Health coverage (Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program.)

Uninsured residents with low and moderate incomes are encouraged to:

Consumer information also available online and at  877-284-8759.

Loss of coverage due to a job change is considered a Qualifying Life Event, and is open all year.

Access Health CT Opens Special Enrollment Period for Uninsured CT Residents- March 19 – April 17.

Effective Date of claims is April 1, 2020.

  • Enrollment by PHONE ONLY:855-805-4325 (TTY: 1- 855-365-2428)

    8AM – 5PM   |   Monday – Friday

CDC Guidance

CDC General Information

Helpful Articles

How to Stock Your Kitchen for Emergencies

National Council on Aging (NCOA) COVID-19 Guidance

Questions We Should Be Asking Our Seniors

 

Senior Center Activity

Although all senior centers are closed to the public, staff continue to assist the community telephonically. This includes assistance with resources and answering questions.

Adult Day Center Status

All Adult Day Centers are working in a different capacity until further notice. Even if the building is closed or no longer accepting guests, ADCs continue to provide telephonic supervision and interactions along with 2 meals a day for clients presently attending ADC unless an alternative plan was developed with the family or staff. 

Riverhouse ADC, Greenwich- 203-622-0079

Elderhouse ADC, Norwalk- 203-847-1998

Grasmere on Park Adult Day Program- 203-365-6470

 

Sunset Shores ADC, Stratford – 203-380-1228 x 102

Park City ADC, Bridgeport –203- 335-1001

Waveny Care Center ADC, New Canaan – 203-594-5200

Municipal Contacts

Bridgeport –

Call 203-576-7993 for information or questions.

Easton–

Alison Witherbee Social Worker 203-268-1137

Visit the Town of Easton’s website for updates

Darien-

Ali Ramsteck, LCSW, Director 203-656-7494

Fairfield-

Julie DeMarco, Director 203 256-3169

Greenwich–

The Commission on Aging may be reached at 203-862-6710

The Greenwich Senior Center may be reached at 203-862-6700

Greenwich Commission on Aging webpage for updates

Greenwich Department of Health webpage for COVID updates

Monroe-

Henna Ali, Director 203-452-2815

Kim Cassia – Municipal Agent/Administrative Assistant – 203-452-2815 ext 1

New Canaan-

Bethany Zaro, RN, MPH Interim Director of Human Services
203- 594-3093

Norwalk –

You can call 203-854-7776.

To report a vulnerable elder contact:
Eva Beau at Norwalk Senior Center 203-847-3115 ext.106

Additional Information at Norwalk Health website where you should click CV.

Stamford –

Ellen Bromley – 203-977-4872

Chris Crain – 203-977-5151

SocialServices@stamfordct.gov

Stratford 

Sandra Arburr, Senior Services Supervisor

Town of Stratford 203-385-4050

 

Trumbull –

Lynn Steinbreck – Director of Nursing  lsteinbreck@trumbull-ct.gov

Tori Beniot – Wellness Nurse    vbenoit@trumbull-ct.gov

Lucienne Bango – Director of Health      lbango@trumbull-ct.gov

Wilton –

Sarah Heath, Municipal Agent 203-834-6238

Weston –

Allison Lisbon – Social Worker 203-222-2663

Westport –

Westport Department of Human Services for general concerns 203-341-1050.

Senior related concerns – Municipal Agent Kristen Witt 203-341-1067

Senior center related questions or concerns – Director Susan Pfister 203-341-5098

Town of Westport’s website for the latest information.

Westport/Weston Health District website for continued updates. You can also call 203-227-9571

 

Contact Us

(203) 333-9288

1000 Lafayette Blvd., 9th Floor
Bridgeport, CT 06604

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