Dear Friends & Neighbors,

As we continue to face this crisis together, I remain deeply committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of the Sacramento region. I want to take a moment to share resources with our seniors related to testing accessibility, food access, and how I am fighting for you in Washington, D.C. 

We now know from recent studies that an individual can lack symptoms but still transmit the coronavirus. With this in mind, keeping the recommended six feet of social distancing and wearing a cloth facial mask when necessary is critical to continuing to slow the spread, flatten the curve, keep people healthy, and safely reopen.  

TESTING NEAR YOU

Sacramento and Yolo County have expanded testing to ALL residents, whether asymptomatic or symptomatic. If you, a family member, or friend would like to be tested, please make an appointment for either location:

Sacramento County
Testing available Monday - Friday at various locations  

Yolo County
Tuesday - Saturday by appointment only

SACRAMENTO & WEST SACRAMENTO FOOD ACCESS

City of Sacramento 
The City of Sacramento is partnering with many local restaurants to provide three meals a day to seniors and high-risk individuals during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. These meals will be safely delivered to eligible Sacramento residents and meet specific nutritional standards set by the California state government. For more information please click here or call 916-330-1444 or dial 311. 

Food Banks
Our local food banks are essential businesses that are committed to ensuring food access, especially during the pandemic. In addition to providing food, they are taking safety precautions for employees, volunteers, and service recipients. To find food near you please take a look at our neighborhood food banks website to find the nearest food distribution site.

Sacramento Food Bank
River City Food Bank
Yolo Food Bank

BEWARE OF CORONAVIRUS SCAMS

We have seen a high prevalence of Coronavirus related scams and unfortunately our seniors are often the targets of these scams. The Federal Trade Commission has suggestions on how to avoid Coronavirus scams:

  • Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government.Here’s what you need to know.
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There are no products proven to treat or prevent COVID-19 at this time.
  • Be wary of ads for test kits. The FDA recently announced approval for one home test kit, which requires a doctor’s order. But most test kits being advertised have not been approved by the FDA, and aren’t necessarily accurate.
  • Hang up on robocalls. Scammers are using illegal robocalls robocalls to pitch everything from low-priced health insurance to work-at-home schemes.
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO. Use sites like coronavirus.gov and usa.gov/coronavirus to get the latest information. And don’t click on links from sources you don’t know.
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations. Never donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CONGRESS SPOTLIGHT: WHAT ARE HOUSE DEMOCRATS DOING TO PROTECT OLDER AMERICANS?

Last week on May 15th, my colleagues and I passed the HEROES Act, H.R. 6800. As Co-Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging & Families, I worked to ensure greater protections for Older Americans and their families in this legislation. The HEROES Act will: 

  1. Increase quality standards and care at nursing homes and long-term facilities to protect nursing facilities from becoming “hotspots” for future COVID-19 outbreaks. The bill establishes nursing facility strike teams for rapid response, requires robust reporting, creates dedicated COVID-19 long-term facilities, and assists nursing facilities to help residents to engage in televisits with loved ones.  
  2. Mandate the Trump Administration to increase COVID-19 testing accessibility to older Americans, people with disabilities, and individuals with underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems. 
  3. Ensure access to free COVID-19 treatment and an eventual vaccine by eliminating cost sharing requirements for Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, and VA Health beneficiaries and those with private insurance, including ACA and employer-sponsored plans. Additionally, the HEROES Act will subsidize the cost of COBRA coverage to protect those at risk of losing their employer-sponsored health insurance and creates a special enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries. 
  4. Increase funding for home and community-based direct services and funding for the Administration for Community Living to support services like home-delivered and prepackaged meals, family caregivers, and elder rights legal protections. 
  5. Provide child and family care for those depending on family caregiving, and ensuring that family caring for disabled, dependent adults receive direct economic assistance payment. 
  6. Ensure that older Americans can remain in their communities by allocating $500 million to maintain safe, affordable housing for low-income older Americans. 

STAYING UP-TO-DATE

As we continue to face this crisis together, please follow me on social media to learn the latest about what I am doing in response to COVID-19. I will also continue to provide regular updates through these newsletters going forward. Please pass this information along to friends and community members, or direct them to my website where all of this information will be posted after it is sent out.

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Stay well and keep healthy!

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