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Resources

 

UHCAN Ohio and Advocates for Ohio’s Future compiled resources where you can find help for yourself, your family or your neighbors. The information is available on the AOF website.

The Ohio Department of Health opened a call center to answer questions from the public regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

Unemployment Insurance Benefits – If you have been requested by a medical professional, local health authority, or employer to be isolated or quarantined as a consequence of COVID-19, or have been laid-off, you may file for unemployment benefits online athttps://unemployment.cmt.ohio.gov/cmtview/ or by calling 1-877-644-6562. Please visit Ohio Jobs and Family Services’ Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits website for more information.

Health Care – If you do not have health care coverage or have lost it, you may be able to get affordable coverage through Medicaid or the Marketplace. Check first to see if you qualify for Medicaid at https://benefits.ohio.gov/. If you have changed or lost your job, you may be able to get affordable coverage through the Marketplace athttps://www.healthcare.gov/screener/ 

Patients who need hospital care, but are unable to pay for it, may be eligible for free or reduced fee care at Ohio hospitals through the Hospital Care Assurance Program (HCAP). Applications for HCAP are accepted by the hospital where care was received, and patients seeking HCAP assistance should contact their hospital’s billing department for application instructions.

There are a few resources for assistance with prescription costs. See these resources herehttp://uhcanohio.org/rxassistance/ 

Child Support – If you are having problems paying child support or you need additional child support, contact your county child support enforcement agency (CSEA). The CSEA will consider your case and present a recommendation for a possible adjustment. The amount could go up, go down or stay the same. To find the CSEA in your county, call (800) 686-1556 toll-free or visitjfs.ohio.gov/County.

Cash Assistance – You can apply for cash assistance online by going to Benefits.Ohio.gov or by filling out a“Request for Cash, Food and Medical Assistance” formand submitting it to your county department of job and family services. Ohio counties are waiving various work and community engagement requirements and granting good cause exemptions in light of the pandemic.

Child Care – ODJFS offers financial assistance to help eligible parents pay for child care while they work. Call your county department of job and family services. For more information, go tojfs.ohio.gov/factsheets/ChildCare.pdf or call (877) 852-0010

Food – You can apply for food assistance online atBenefits.Ohio.gov To be eligible for food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), your family income cannot exceed 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. You also can check your eligibility by calling your county department of job and family services. More information about the program is available atjfs.ohio.gov/factsheets/foodassistance.pdf.

You may be eligible for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which is distributed through local nonprofit agencies, such as food pantries. To be eligible for TEFAP, your family income must be below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. To find a local food bank, visit oashf.org/.

Pregnant women and children may also get food from WIC. You can apply by printing out a WIC Program Application and mailing it to the WIC clinic in your area. Please note that you must schedule an appointment at the clinic, too. To find a WIC clinic near you, please click WIC Clinic Directory or call 1- 800-755-GROW (4769).

Food and Nutrition Assistance for Children – The Ohio Department of Education has created a website to support whole-child nutrition at education.ohio.gov. Refer to the map and map site key at for available meal service in your area. Contact your school or district for details about their meal programs.

Older Adults – You can find your Local Area Agency on Aging by going to http://ohioaging.org or calling 1- 866-243-5678 to be connected to the area agency on aging serving your community.

Local Assistance – Dial 211 or see 211.org for local assistance on food, paying housing bills, accessing child care and other crisis help.

Mental Health Help

  • Ohio Crisis Text Line Text keyword “4HOPE” to 741 741
  • Ohio MHAS Help Line 1-877-275-6364
  • Find Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Treatment https://findtreatment.gov 
  • Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 1-800-846-8517 TTY o Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
  • Spanish-speakers: Text “Hablanos” to 66746 Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round

Donald Washington

Southwest Ohio Advocacy Coordinator

Universal Health Care Action Network Ohio

3021 Vernon Place, Suite 2

Cincinnati, Ohio 45219-2417

(513) 541-7099 ext. 23

(513) 541-0989 Fax

dwashington@uhcanohio.org

www.uhcanohio.org

UHCAN Ohio is a statewide non-profit organization working

for affordable, accessible, high quality health care for all.

 

 

 

The Senate Needs To Act!

The labor movement is working nonstop to protect the health and safety of all working people, including workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. And we are doing everything we can to reduce the heavy toll this public health emergency is inflicting on the economy and the livelihoods of working people.

 

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives took urgent action and passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), a critical first step in making sure working people facing serious health and financial risks receive the assistance we need.

 

Now it’s the U.S. Senate’s turn to act. Call your senator now and tell them to pass this urgent measure as soon as possible.

 

This crisis has exposed the shortcomings of our worker protection and health care systems and is inflicting a heavy toll on the economy. We need to make sure working people do not bear the brunt of the impact.

 

All working people should have access to paid leave, paid sick days, workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance, and the necessary medical testing and treatment without incurring additional costs.

 

H.R. 6201 is an important first step toward a comprehensive response to the pandemic. It would provide free testing for most people, improve access to food security programs, provide additional unemployment insurance funding to states, and mandate paid sick leave for some workers who fall ill or are affected by quarantine orders.

 

Bold action is needed to protect the health and economic security of all working people. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is a critical first step.

 

Call your senator now and tell them to pass H.R. 6201 without delay.

 

In Solidarity,

 

Team AFL-CIO

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COVID-19 Outbreak Resources

As you have heard, The United States and the world are facing the very real threat of the widespread transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Ohio too is bracing for the inevitable, as state health officials fully expect that we will eventually see COVID-19 here. Health professionals and medical experts gathered in Columbus this week to emphasize preparation and avoid panic.

The health and safety of all our affiliates, members and the community where we live, work and play are extremely important to us. So, in that spirit, we are taking this opportunity to share some important resources, helpful information, and best practices for planning and preparedness for the COVID-19 situation.

 

For current information and guidance regarding COVID-19, we recommend the following resources:

Although there is no vaccine yet for COVID-19, we encourage you and your loved ones to adhere to the following prevention practices in order to combat the spreading of the virus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

And here is an excellent article about simple steps you can take – “Stop touching my face? Why the easiest way to prevent coronavirus is so hard.”

If you or someone in your care feels ill, especially if there is a fever involved, immediately consult with your family doctor or other medical professional. And please, avoid contact with other people if sick.

We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation, as should you. As further information is made available, we will provide updates as needed. And for ongoing, updated information see the great resources provided by The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) resource page HERE!

Be Smart and Be Well!

More Important Information Sources:

As information evolves and changes, we will make every effort to keep you informed with the latest updates.

Trumka on the COVID-19 Pandemic

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) appeared on CNBC yesterday afternoon to discuss the labor movement’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the concrete steps our government can take right now to protect the health and safety of workers, our society and our economy. This includes emergency legislation that will help protect health care workers from infectious diseases, make test kits free and accessible to the public, provide paid sick leave for all workers, and ensure the most vulnerable members of our society have access to food assistance programs.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on CNBC Closing Bell

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka appeared on CNBC's Closing Bell this afternoon and talked about what we are doing to fight for frontline workers and workers across the country in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted by AFL-CIO on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

National Call In Day To Protect Our Postal Service

We are standing up for our public Postal Service. It’s time to protect America’s most cherished institution.

The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed the USPS Fairness Act. Now let’s get it through the Senate. We are telling our Senators to pass S.2965, the USPS Fairness Act.

In 2006, Congress saddled our public Postal Service with an unfair and unsustainable burden of pre-funding retiree health care benefits for the next 75 years! That means paying now for USPS workers who aren’t even born yet.

Selling the public Postal Service to private corporations is not in the public interest and would be nothing more than a raid by corporate pirates on our treasured public Postal Service which is protected in our Constitution.

The USPS Fairness Act will start to put that right by removing the unfair burden. By repealing the prefunding mandate, the Postal Service would then be able to focus on investing and innovating services in order to better meet its mission to service every American household and business.

Join us in supporting our public Postal Service. Call Senator Rob Portman today at (833) 924-0085 and tell him to stand up and protect our public Postal Service by supporting S.2965, the USPS Fairness Act.

The White House’s plan states, “Like many European nations the United States could privatize its postal operator.” What’s left unsaid is European nations charge substantially more for mail services delivered in a much smaller area, and they regularly raise the price of delivery. One example is that the price of sending a letter in the United Kingdom has increased 80 percent over the last decade.

Eliminating the universal service obligation to deliver to the 157 million U.S. addresses at the same price, as the plan suggests, would hurt businesses and individuals alike. It would be a dagger in the heart of rural America and undermine e-commerce.

Join us in supporting our public Postal Service. Call Senator Rob Portman today at (833) 924-0085 and tell him to stand up and protect our public Postal Service by supporting S.2965, the USPS Fairness Act.

In Solidarity

Tim Burga, President
Ohio AFL-CIO