Please visit this page often for the latest Covid-19 information from Stavros Fiscal.
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The Executive Office of Health and Human Services released a pair of memos on February 12, 2021. The first, outlines a new website (https://vaxfinder.mass.gov) to help find sites and schedule COVID-19 vaccinations for eligible individuals. The second, provides additional information regarding vaccine distribution, new appointment availability, and call center support for individuals over 75. These memos can be found below.
Please read the MassHealth letter below outlining PCAs receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals that are eligible for the vaccine can find more information about where and when they can get vaccinated by going to https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-individuals-currently-eligible-to-be-vaccinated#find-a-location-to-get-vaccinated-if-eligible-. Information on the documentation needed for vaccination appointments can be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccinations-for-health-care-workers#appointment-documentation-. This link includes the attestation form eligible individuals are required to complete before going to their appointment.
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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): PCAs can request personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves, through the PCA union (1199SEIU) by visiting the following links:
Note: This resource is available to all PCAs participating in the MassHealth PCA program. Consumers cannot obtain PPE through the above links. For additional information about PPE for consumers and non-PCAs, please visit www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus or https://bit.ly/2D4sm9N.
The PCA wage increased effective July 1, 2020, as provided in the collective bargaining agreement. The temporary emergency increase to the PCA wage due to the COVID-19 emergency is effective through the end of July, but will no longer be effective starting August 1, 2020. A letter has also been created by MassHealth explaining the rate changes. It is in both English and Spanish. Please see below for the wage rate change letter and the PCA wage effective on the following dates of service:
We recommend that you make emergency plans to keep yourself healthy. If you need information on how to keep healthy please visit the CDC website here, or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Website.
Starting Wednesday, March 25, 2020, MassOptions will have a call center set up for consumers who need help finding HHA’s(Home Health Agency) to cover their unmet PCA hours. Consumers can call and MassOptions will go over HHA in the consumers area for the consumer to pick from. MassOptions will offer to connect the consumer with the chosen HHA if the consumer would like. If the consumer wants to make a self-referral they will be given the contact info for that agency. Please call 1-844-422-6277 starting Wednesday, March 25, 2020 if you need assistance in covering your PCA hours.
Stavros continues to make sure that we provide the necessary information and resources to increase or maintain the safety of all our consumers and employees. We recommend that you make emergency plans to keep yourself healthy. If you need information on how to keep healthy please visit the CDC website, or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Website.
Although Governor Baker has issued a “Stay Home Advisory” beginning March 24, 2020 at noon, PCAs are ESSENTIAL WORKERS and should report to work for their consumers as scheduled. Governor Baker's full order can be found here.
MassHealth has created a letter for PCAs to carry as they travel to their consumer’s home during Governor Baker’s travel advisory. A copy of this letter can be found by clicking the link below. Please download and print this letter and keep it with you during your travel to and from your consumer’s home.
For CDC Service Workers that are working for consumers in the Consumer Directed Care program, a separate letter has been created by MassHealth for you to carry. A copy of this letter can be found by clicking the link below.
The FFCRA provides certain employees with expanded sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specific reasons related to COVID-19. Please read the bulletin produced by MassHealth for information on this Act. The bulletin is available by clicking the link below.
An informational flyer is also available for more details; click the link below to download. This act runs from April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. **This benefit has been extended until September 30, 2021. Individuals who had exhausted their FFCRA leave time have also been granted up to an additional 10 days (up to 80 hours, or part-time employee's two week equivalent) of leave time. Three more qualifying reasons (getting the COVID vaccine, recovering from an adverse reaction from the vaccine, and awaiting the results of a COVID diagnosis or test) have also been added for individuals seeking to take this leave. Please see the FFRCA voucher and instructions for more information**
PCAs taking paid sick leave through the FFCRA will need to submit the FFCRA Payment Voucher, which can be downloaded by clicking the link below:
Instructions on completing this voucher are available by clicking the link below. Please read these instructions carefully. You will need to submit multiple vouchers if you are taking paid sick leave for more than one reason listed on it.
Direct Care Workers (DCW) in the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program will need to submit their sick leave using the DCW FFCRA Payment Voucher, available by clicking the link below.
Instructions for completing the voucher are available by clicking the link below. Please read the instructions carefully. You will need to submit multiple vouchers if you are taking paid sick leave for more than one reason listed on it.
MassHealth has created a document containing the most important information related to the Covid-19 outbreak and their response. A copy of this document can be found by clicking here. You can also download a pdf copy of the document by clicking the link below.
MassHealth has set up a program for members that have tested positive or who have a presumptive diagnosis by a physician or nurse practitioner. Please see the bulletin put together by MassHealth (click the link below to access) on the program and how to request PPE.