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Attention PHP Members:
Become a Vaccine Hero!


Check out these videos from two Special Olympic
athletes sharing why they got vaccinated!

Kathleen (Special Olympics athlete)

Lisa (Special Olympics athlete and self-advocate)

Individuals with I/DD Tell Their Story
About the Decision to be Vaccinated

Watch the Powerful Video from NY Alliance

COVID-19 Benefits and Entitlements Resources

HRA/LDSS Benefits & Resources

Updates and FAQ re: EIP, Stimulus Payments and Public Benefits Eligibility  

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Updated In-Home Vaccination Information for NYC Residents


Any NYC resident (12+) is eligible to receive a Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Members can sign up at or in  this link: [ NYC] COVID-19 Vaccination – Homebound Residents ( They can also call 1-877-VAX-4NYC to ask for assistance filling out the form.

Note: It is very important that you provide a phone number that you monitor regularly during business hours as they will call that number with appointment information.

In-Home Vaccination Information

The New York State Department of Health’s Office of Insurance Programs in partnership with NYS counties announced in-home COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals who are homebound due to physical limitations, cognitive impairment, other chronic conditions, a lack of transportation, and/or visual impairments, and who do not have access to supports that may help them physically go to an existing vaccination provider. Please consult with your Care Manager if you feel you meet the criteria. Click here for your county’s point-of-contact

5.28.21: In-home vaccinations expanding to New York residents ages 75 years & older & those all ages with disabilities.
Learn more: or 1-877-829-4692
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For New York State and New York City COVID-19 vaccine vaccination locations, visit:

PHP Members, click HERE for information on county/regional specific resources! 

To set up a COVID-19 Vaccine appointment speak to your Care Manager! Or

Go to the ‘Am I Eligible’ website or call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829)

COVID-19 Updates from OPWDD

May 19, 2021

OPWDD has released the below updated guidance related to visitation, community outings, in-person day services, staffing and return to work:

COVID-19: Revised Interim Visitation Guidance for Certified Residential Facilities

Interim Guidance Regarding Community Outings for Individuals Residing in OPWDD Certified Residential Facilities

Updated Interim Guidance Regarding the Reopening of Day Services Certified by the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

Revised Protocols for Personnel in Clinical and Direct Care Settings to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure or Infection

Revised Staff Guidance for the Management of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Facilities or Programs Operated and/or Certified by the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities


In addition, DOH and CMS have issued the following guidance:

NYS DOH Health Advisory: Quarantine for Residents of Non-Healthcare Congregate Settings Exposed to COVID-19

Medicare and Medicaid Programs; COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs-IID) Residents, Clients, and Staff


CMS has also issued guidance related to the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) funding included in the American Rescue Plan:

Implementation of American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Section 9817: Additional Support for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services during the COVID-19 Emergency


Find more guidance on COVID-19 at the following link:


Newsletter highlights include: 

  • Who is Eligible?
  • How do I make an appointment?
  • Tips for Scheduling & Scheduling Resources
  • Can My Care Manager assist me?
  • How to Prepare for an Appointment
  • Informed Consent
  • The V-Safe Program  


For more information on the State’s Vaccination Program, click here:  New York State Vaccination Program

For information from the CDC on COVID-19 vaccine, including potential adverse effects, click here:

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For more information on COVID-19 & Flu Season, click here:  Member Health Library


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