Anthem Emergency Assistance

This temporary free service is available to anyone, not just Anthem Blue Cross Members.  “If you are impacted by California’s wildfires, Anthem Blue Cross has partnered with LiveHealth Online to help you see a doctor 24/7 for non-emergency conditions through live video from a smartphone, tablet or computer at no cost through November 18, 2018.  Doctors can send prescriptions directly to your pharmacy if needed.  

Sign up at livehealthonline.com or download the free LiveHealth Online mobile app and select Help for Wildfires Medical to see a doctor.”

livehealthonline.com | Help for All

For impacted Blue Cross members, Anthem is:

  • Relaxing time limits for prior authorization, pre-certification and referral requirements – there will be no late penalties.
  • Suspending early refill limits for prescriptions.
  • Allowing replacement of medical equipment or supplies.
  • Extending filing deadlines for claims.

Please click the button below for a registration flyer for Anthem Blue Cross members, which has helpful general instructions.

Help for Anthem Members

Also:

Anthem Emergency Help Press Release

“Additionally, Anthem’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides resources that are available to all residents of Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties that have been impacted by the wild fires. Support services are available to help with emotionally stressful situations as well as with financial and legal concerns. Anthem’s EAP tools will be offered at no cost and will be available 24/7 through the EAP crisis line by visiting anthemeacomp. and using the login code “cawildfires.”

Employee Assistance Program Help

These relaxed benefits do not apply to Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, Medicare Part D members, as those programs have specific guidelines.

DAC Emergency Services Information

Cal Fire Incident Updates

Nor-Cal Emergency Information

Please check our Emergency Information Website Landing Page.
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2018 Cooling Centers

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City of Anderson to begin ADA access upgrades

By the end of June, work will begin to improve Americans with Disabilities Act parking access at the popular Anderson River Park, top city management and staff told the Disability Action Center at a recent meeting in Anderson City Hall.

The work should take about a month to complete, city engineer Dave Durette said, which will include moving ADA spaces to more level ground, the installation of a new paved path from the relocated parking spaces leading to the busy fishing access entrance, up-to-date signage and signature blue and white painted striping.

City Manager Jeff Kiser said the improvements will total about $20,000.

Kiser stated the city hopes to work with DAC in the future on a comprehensive ADA improvement plan at the park, which could total up to $150,000.

“Anderson River Park is probably the No. 1  destination spot for weekend recreation for all of Shasta County that offers direct river access,” Kiser said. “There is definitely a need for these (ADA) improvements.”

At the meeting, Kiser also pledged to join the new ADA Transition Committee for Shasta County-North, which will meet once a month at the DAC office in Redding, 1600 West Street. The committee will address ADA-related issues like access to public transportation, local, state, and federal legislation, and healthcare, to name just a few, and is still seeking members. Call DAC at 530-242-8550 for more details.

DAC talks disability rights with State Reps

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Collaboration and Solidarity was the theme for the Independent Living Conference 2018 at the Sacramento Convention Center, sponsored by the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers on June 6, part of a big week for disability rights advocacy in the state capital.

In conjunction with the conference, Disability Action Center Systems Change Advocates Talmadge House, Michael Brady and Dan Murphy sought support for disability rights legislation with state senators and assemblymen on June 7 as part of Advocacy Day.

DAC representative Carolyn Nava, House and Murphy were among hundreds who attended the annual IL conference, which included a full day of workshops and presentations. Among the workshop tracks addressed at the conference were youth transition, long term services and support, emergency readiness and recovery, community organizing and how to use social media like Twitter effectively for positive disability rights change in society.

The Twitter hashtag for the conference was #ILCon18.

DAC reaches out at NATTA event

One of Disability Action Center’s goals is to improve outreach efforts to the Native American community in its service areas.

DAC staff and management attended the Native American Training and Technical Assistance conference for families, people and tribal members with disabilities May 8 at Win-River Casino in Redding.

“It is vital that we become more diverse and expand our outreach to the Native American community,” said Carolyn Nava, who answered questions and provided information to the public at DAC’s table during the daylong event.

Substantive presentations by regional centers like Far Northern, In Home Support Services (IHSS), labor unions like SEIU, and disability rights advocates focusing on autism and other developmental disabilities highlighted the event.

Rockets & Robots!

Come Join the Fun!

The Rockets & Robots Club mission is to develop and encourage the natural ability of children on the autism spectrum for the purposes of preparing them for a science-related career and enhancing their enjoyment of life in an environment that is sensitive to their needs. The Rockets & Robots club will focus on their strengths and attempt to develop them in a fun and interesting way. 

The R&R club leader, Russ Rudin, is an adult on the autism spectrum that was one of the lead designers of the current Sidewinder missile and co-designer of the RITA telemedicine robot.  Russ made his first robot out of an old dishwasher when he was 10.  You can find him most days hunched-over his latest project with a soldering iron in one hand and hot-glue gun in the other!

Contact: Russ Rudin, PhD – R&R Club Director

R&R Brochure

russ@actionctr.org

http://www.rocketsnrobots.org/

530 215-3828  

DAC Opposes HR 620

Today, Wednesday, February 14 or Thursday, February 15, the House of Representatives is likely to vote on H.R. 620, a dangerous bill that seeks to reverse nearly three decades of civil rights protections for people with disabilities. H.R. 620 not only allows equal access violators to keep breaking the law, it rewards them for it!

The misleadingly titled “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017” rewards law-breakers by letting them continue to deny access to disabled customers—without any consequences—and punishes the person being discriminated against by forcing them to detail all the ways that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is being violated.

It gives law-breakers six months or longer to make “substantial progress”—without defining what that is—in fixing the problem before the person being discriminated against can see their doctor, buy a cake, eat at a restaurant, or go to the movies with friends or family members.

Help Stop H.R. 620: Take ACTION

  • Send EMAILS urging members of the House to VOTE NO on H.R. 620. Contacting Congress provides links to email your Representative directly;
  • Pick up the phone and call your representative! Tell them to VOTE NO on H.R. 620;
  • Post your opposition to HR 620. See Contacting Congress for how. On Twitter, the hashtags we’re using are: #HandsOffMyADA, #StopHR620, and #CripTheVote.
  • Write a letter AT ANY TIME opposing H.R. 620 to all House offices (see how to send below);
  • On the day of the vote (likely Wednesday or Thursday), please CALL and TWEET all day and tell members of the House to VOTE NO and Stop H.R. 620!

To write your representative online, go to https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative and enter your zip code. From there, click on the envelope under your representative’s photo.

For a list of additional resources including Talking Points, sample tweets, action alert templates, phone scripts, graphics for social media, etc. go tohttp://dredf.org/hr620/ or download the CCD Toolkit.

Also see DREDF’s earlier alert, “Thirty Years of Holding It Is Long Enough.”

The following letter thanks our Executive Director for writing a letter of opposition.  We urge you to do the same. Instructions follow.

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Rockets & Robots!

Congratulations Alex Buchko!

Alex recently won the Department of Energy’s Science Bowl regional championship in Redding. Alex is team captain of Parsons Junior High School Team 1. The team will now head to Washington D.C. in April to compete in the national championship match.

Alex is a Rockets & Robots Science Club member. He is 13 years old and, like most kids his age, he enjoys studying quantum mechanics! Alex wants to be an inventor.

The Rockets & Robots Club mission is to develop and encourage the natural ability of children on the autism spectrum for the purposes of preparing them for a science-related career and enhancing their enjoyment of life in an environment that is sensitive to their needs. The Rockets & Robots club will focus on their strengths and attempt to develop them in a fun and interesting way. 

The R&R club leader, Russ Rudin, is an adult on the autism spectrum that was one of the lead designers of the current Sidewinder missile and co-designer of the RITA telemedicine robot.  Russ made his first robot out of an old dishwasher when he was 10.  You can find him most days hunched-over his latest project with a soldering iron in one hand and hot-glue gun in the other!

Contact: Russ Rudin, PhD – R&R Club Director

russ@actionctr.org

http://www.rocketsnrobots.org/

530 215-3828  

Amazon Smile

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

 

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

 

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

 

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.