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KIPDA

KIPDA Board of Directors

Transportation Technical Coordinating Committee

Transportation Policy Committee


Social Services - Age-Friendly Louisville Webinars

Housing 

Community Support & Health Services

Mobility & Access

Social Participation, Respect, & Inclusion

Economic Resiliency Planner
This position will lead efforts to implement Economic Development Authority (EDA) COVID-19 Pandemic Response Funding with Economic Development Resiliency and Recovery Plan Goals, linking together the existing Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. This position will assist local entities with needs assessment, planning, implementation, and procurement of funding to address the economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; performs related duties as required. Grant funding for this position will expire on June 30, 2022.

Part-time Case Manager/Service Advisor
Needed to perform in-home eligibility assessments and case management services for older persons and persons with disabilities.  Extensive home visits in the seven-county area.  Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s in Social Work or a closely related field with one year’s full-time experience or a Master’s Degree; starting salary is $19.54/hour. 

Visit www.kipda.org for a full job description.  Email cover letter, resume, and copy of college transcripts to kellytyra.cecil@kipda.org
 

Staff & Project Highlights

KIPDA is excited to showcase our wonderful employees, and the projects & programs they work hard at everyday to positively impact our region. Check out our social media to see KIPDA's new weekly #KIPDAStaffSpotlight and #KIPDAProjectSpotlight features! 

Community & Economic Development

CARES Act Funding

Gov. Andy Beshear announced a $300 million award to city and county governments as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to reimburse local governments for expenses incurred in response to the public health emergency caused by the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

These funds will be administered by the Department for Local Government (DLG) and can be used for reimbursements only to eligible cities and counties for COVID-19 related expenses incurred from March 1, 2020, to December 30, 2020.

These funds will be administered by the Department for Local Government - DLG and can be used for reimbursements only for COVID-19 related expenses incurred from March 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020.

Visit Kentucky League of Cities or the Kentucky Association of Counties sites for additional information.
 

Guidance

Frequently Asked Questions
 

Additional questions may be sent to DLG.CRF@ky.gov

Complete the 2020 Census!

Thank you to KIPDA's counties and Census Complete Count Committees for keeping your citizens informed and responsive!

The KIPDA Region​ has done great with self-response - all surpassed their 2010 rate.

Reporting Rates are as follows: 

  • Oldham: 82.7%​

  • Spencer: 79.3%​

  • Bullitt: 78%​

  • Shelby: 74.9%​

  • Henry: 70.9%​

  • Jefferson: 68.8%​

  • Trimble: 66.3%​
     

    Congratulations to Oldham and Spencer who steadily remained in the top 40 Counties in the nation, and special congratulations to Oldham who was among the highest reporting counties in the nation!


    To date, the Census Bureau is reporting that the enumerated count for the United States is at 99.6%, the enumerated in non-response follow-up accounted for an additional 32.9%, and 66.7% self-response. 

    The Census Bureau continues its work. The Bureau will continue to prioritize the health and safety of their workforce and the public. The Bureau is looking for high traffic areas, such as meal sites, grocery stores, churches, community centers and others to host Questionnaire Assistance sites. These are staffed by Census workers with computers  to assist residents in completing Census. 

    ​Responding to the 2020 Census online, on paper, by phone, or in person with a census taker, helps secure vital resources for your community.​​

    If you haven't responded, respond to the 2020 Census NOW online here!

Social Services

Medicare Savings Programs

What Color is your Medicare Letter?

Medicare Savings Programs
Compared to the premiums for private health plans, Medicare can seem like a bargain. But even Medicare's out-of-pocket costs can add up, especially if you are on a fixed income. Fortunately, there are Medicare Savings Programs that help cover certain out-of-pocket costs associated with Medicare.

Depending on your income and other financial resources, you may be eligible for these programs, which can pay all or part of your Part A and Part B premiums, deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance amounts. You may also qualify for help with your Part D prescription drug costs.

Here's a look at the different Medicare Savings Programs and how they can help pay for your health care.

What are the different Medicare Savings Programs?
There are four options to qualify for a Medicare Savings Program:
  • Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB). QMB pays all of your Part A premiums (if you have them). It also pays for your Part B premiums, deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance amounts. You also automatically qualify for the Extra Help program to help with your Part D prescription drug costs.
  • Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB). SLMB covers your monthly Part B premium. You also automatically qualify for Extra Help.
  • Qualified Individual (QI). QI covers your monthly Part B premium but has a slightly higher income limit to qualify. If you qualify, you also automatically get Extra Help with Part D.
  • Qualified Disabled and Working Individual (QDWI). QDWI covers the Part A premium for people who do not qualify for premium-free Part A. This sometimes occurs because they have either returned to work or are disabled and currently working.
Medicare Savings Programs eligibility
Eligibility is based on both your monthly income and your financial assets, which include cash in checking and savings accounts, stocks, bonds, and individual retirement accounts. Other financial assets, such as your home, furnishings, and personal items, your car, a burial plot, and up to $1,500 in burial expenses, do not count against your allowable assets.

What are the Medicare Savings Programs' income limits?
The table below shows the eligibility requirements in 2020 and may change from year to year. Keep in mind that these programs are administered at the state level, so each state may have different guidelines for calculating your income and assets—even if your income and resources are slightly above the limits listed above, you should contact your state's Medicaid office or State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for details about how to qualify.
How to Apply for Medicare Savings Programs
To find out more about Medicare Savings Programs administered in your state, contact your local Medicaid Office or SHIP Counselor. Contact the KIPDA SHIP Program at (502) 266-5571.
 
Have Questions About Medicare?

SHIP Counselors Can Help!

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program provides educational assistance to an individual or their caregivers who are aging into Medicare, receiving Medicare due to a disability, or already have Medicare and are in need of guidance. SHIP counselors may also assist those who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

Assistance can be provided over the phone or in person. SHIP is a national program that works with dedicated counselors from different entities within the community to assist the Medicare Beneficiaries within the KIPDA region.

The volunteer counselors help with a multitude of things, including but not limited to one-on-one assistance, over-the-phone assistance, outreach, educational classes, and assisting with applications for Medicare Savings Programs.

For more information about the SHIP program, please contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 502-266-5571 ask to speak with an ADRC specialist.

Medicare Open Enrollment

Click the links below for the Medicare Open Enrollment Plan Comparison Worksheet and for more information on the Medicare Open Enrollment Sessions via Zoom

2021 Medicare Open Enrollment Plan Comparison Worksheet

Medicare Open Enrollment Sessions Information

October is Health Literacy Month!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health literacy can be defined as “the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.”

Why is Health Literacy Month so important? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that “nearly 9 out of 10 adults may lack the skills needed to manage their health and prevent disease.” That’s almost 90% of all adults! So, what are some good ways to improve your health literacy?
  1. After signing up for health insurance, make sure to check your mail for any information from the health insurance company. You should receive a booklet with all your benefit information in it. This information will help you determine which doctors are in your plan as well as what your plan covers.  You can always call the number on the back of your health insurance card with any questions you might have.
  2. Make sure to see your Primary Care Physician (PCP) at least once a year for a checkup. Before and during your visit, make sure to do the following:
    1. Before going to your PCP, write down any questions you have for them. Take them with you to ask the doctor or nurse when you see him or her. Writing the questions down helps you remember to ask them during your visit.
    2. Repeat what you hear back to the doctor or nurse. This makes sure that the doctor or nurse has the chance to clarify any information you don’t understand.
    3. Take any medications with you to your visit and make sure to show them to your PCP. Be sure to include any vitamins and supplements.
For more information on Health Literacy Month, go to:

www.healthliteracymonth.org

Remember! Open enrollment to purchase a health insurance plan for 2020 through healthcare.gov starts October 15th and runs through December 7th.  Call KIPDA at (502) 266 6084 to reach a State Health Insurance Program, SHIP, counselor.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
It promotes self-care-Breast Cancer Awareness Month reminds women (and men) that monthly breast cancer exams should be a regular part of one's self-care. If you have never performed a self-exam, ask your doctor or nurse practitioner to guide you through. Look for changes within and surrounding your breast including dimpling, redness, scaliness or nipple discharge. Granted, some breasts are a little “lumpier” than others but changes in size or in the tissue should send up a red alert to make an appointment to see your physician.

It focuses on treatment-There are several different types of breast cancer. Treatment options depend on various patient factors: the stage and specific type of cancer, age, and overall health at the time of diagnosis, and the patient's personal and family history. After the diagnosis, a patient should consult with family to choose a physician who can go over treatment options like surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and radiation.

It shouts the good news-The National Cancer Institute recently declared that the U.S. cancer rate fell for diagnosed women between 2006-2015. Also, the FDA approved an at-home genetic testing kit for women to assess whether they carry any of the three gene mutations associated with breast cancer. Oncoplastic surgery, another positive option, is a surgical "two-fer" allowing the removal of cancerous breast tissue immediately followed by the re-sculpting of the breast's remaining tissue, restoring symmetry and a more natural appearance.

FIVE REASONS WHY OCTOBER IS AWARENESS MONTH:

1.  Breast cancer does not discriminate
Although breast cancer is more prevalent among American white women, African American women tend to die from the disease more often.

​2. ​ Breast cancer can baffle scientists
Scientists do not really understand why the left breast seems to develop cancer more often than the right breast.

3. Breast cancer surgery was a trailblazer
The very first operation to use anesthesia to deaden pain was a breast cancer surgery.

​4. Men get it too
​Overall, only one percent of American males are diagnosed with breast cancer, but African-American men just like women in their community, are more prone to die from the disease.

​5. Breast cancer — the nuns' disease
​At one time, breast cancer was called "the nuns' disease" because it seemed to afflict more nuns than women in the general population.

Thank you to this website
https://nationaltoday.com/breast-cancer-awareness-month/
National Bullying Prevention Month
    National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Initially held the first week in October, the event was expanded in 2010 to the entire month. PACER developed the initial campaign, National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week, to raise awareness about bullying.

      Historically, bullying had been viewed as “a childhood rite of passage” that “made kids tougher,” but the reality has always been that bullying can leave devastating and often long-term effects such as a loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression for those involved. The National Bullying Prevention Center laid the groundwork so that National Bullying Prevention Month is now a nationwide call to action around educating communities as to their roles in bullying prevention. This initiative has helped shift thinking away from bullying as a “rite of passage” and toward the knowledge that bullying can be prevented and stopped through education and awareness.

Unity Day is Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Wear and share orange to show that we are together against bullying, and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

Make it ORANGE and make it END!

Source: www.pacer.org
 
Cybersecurity, Email Encryption and KIPDA
What You Need to Know

In the 21st century, online information flows at lightning speed. The COVID-19 pandemic increased the number of documents and items that are sent over text, email, and through other electronic means.  Please be mindful of how and what you are sending. Text is one of the least secure ways to transmit sensitive information. The safest way to send sensitive information is through a secure website or by an encrypted email. Encryption software is available for purchase from several vendors. Usually, if you respond to an encrypted email sent by someone else, that response will be automatically encrypted.

Social services and medical providers have short, hard deadlines that require the constant flow of large amounts of sensitive and detailed information. Without this quick and steady flow, people are at risk for not receiving home health services, medications, Medicaid waiver services, rides to doctors’ appointments, etc. If information is slowed, we put the health, safety, and welfare of those we serve at risk. However, if encryption is not used regularly for protected health information (full name, date of birth, social security number, etc.), we also put them at risk. Would-be hackers are trying to obtain social security numbers, names, etc., for any number of questionable and illegal purposes including identity theft, financial exploitation, voter fraud, phony identifications, etc.

Understandably, sometimes providers feel that encryption slows down this flow. Usually, encryption software must be purchased, learned, and implemented into an organization to properly encrypt emails. There will be a learning curve, and there might be staff resistance. To send encrypted emails, it often requires the email user to set up yet another account with more passwords to forget, and an external website to access and manage. To receive an encrypted email, the reader must understand what it is, because it will not look like other emails, access the link, set up another password, etc.  Sometimes encrypted emails are identified as spam. Other times the encrypted email links expire before the reader has a chance to read it.

When it is appropriate to email protected information, KIPDA has a policy of encrypting all outgoing emails that contain such information. The purpose of this policy is to not only protect KIPDA, but to protect those who use KIPDA’s services as well as to protect our partners and providers. Technology will progress. Encryption will become easier to use. If you are a KIPDA partner, and you have questions about encryption and email, please email Joanna.weiss@kipda.org.  If your question does not contain protected health information, you do not have to encrypt the email. 
Transportation

Public Engagement

A new Public Participation Webpage has been published identifying the many options available for the public to connect with KIPDA Transportation Staff. The page includes contact information, Division of Transportation email registry, technical and policy committee meeting information, and an interactive map for the public to note location-specific concerns or ideas. Click the link above!
Amendment 2 to the Metropolitan
Transportation Plan (MTP) & the
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is preparing an economic development plan to leverage the Ohio River corridor, as well as other freight and rail assets to promote growth and retention of businesses throughout the Commonwealth. Through this study, KYTC will develop an understanding of both strengths & weaknesses of the current freight network, recommend improvements to create efficiencies & strengthen the system, as well as demonstrate the ability to connect with critical markets and supply chain sectors domestically and abroad.

Learn more about the study and how to provide input here

Statewide Riverports, Highway, and Rail Freight Study

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is preparing an economic development plan to leverage the Ohio River corridor as well as other freight and rail assets to promote growth and retention of businesses throughout the Commonwealth. Through this study, KYTC will develop an understanding of both strengths and weaknesses of the current freight network, recommend improvements to create efficiencies and strengthen the system, and demonstrate the ability to connect with critical markets and supply chain sectors domestically and abroad. Learn more about the study and how to provide input here.

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