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MGB PPE & Administrative Changes
You can find full details here. Below are some key updates.
Masking Universal masking is no longer in place, but masking is required in the following circumstances:
Patients/visitors presenting with symptoms should put on a facility-issued mask available at the hand hygiene/masking stations at our facilities
Employees will use masks per Standard Precautions (e.g., when engaging in care activities that may generate splashes or sprays) and Transmission-based precautions
Occ. Health Call Center Closing
Following the end of the Public Health Emergency earlier this month, a of June 9, Occupational Health Services closed its Call Center. For questions about COVID-19 Return to Work, visit Ask My HR or COVID Pass.
Employees are no longer required to attest to asymptomatic status for onsite work using COVID Pass. COVID Pass will remain in the digital portal for employee health. Employees should use this for the following cases:
– Employees who develop new viral respiratory symptoms, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, must use COVID Pass to report any of these symptom(s) and adhere to Return to Work requirements through COVID Pass.
– Reporting a new positive test for COVID-19
– COVID Pass will enable employees to submit positive test results through the application with a streamlined, easy upload feature
Health Insurance Changes
Medicaid (Mass Health) members will need to once again prove eligibility – No change to private insurance coverage
End to insurance coverage for at-home tests
Vaccines will need to be covered by insurance
Insurance coverage for virtual mental health and addiction treatment has been extended until at least the end of the year
– After that, patients will be required to see their provider in person at least once per year
– Medicare will continue to pay for video and audio-based virtual treatment
Eviction Protections in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
COVID eviction protections ended in March 2023
Essentially, this means landlords can start eviction proceedings without going through extra measures added during COVID
The best strategy is to try to work with your landlord to set up a plan that helps all parties
The Supreme Court struck down the initial loan forgiveness plan in June. There are already some programs in place, and more being introduced/implemented to address student loan repayment. Here are some highlights:
Student loan interest will resume starting on Sept. 1, 2023, and payments will be due starting in October.
There is a 12-month “on-ramp” period for borrowers unable to make monthly payments. Missed payments won’t lead to default or bad credit but interest will still accrue during this time.
The new IDR waiver was introduced because millions of borrowers were improperly steered by their loan servicers into forbearance, which pauses payments but allows interest to rack up. Many others made payments that weren’t counted for technical reasons.
IDR plans offer reduced payments over 20 or 25 years, then forgiveness of the remaining balance. Payments are based on the borrowers’ income, not the balance owed.
This account adjustment bends the rules on which payments count toward the forgiveness finish line, so every month you’ve ever spent in student loan repayment or on pause since leaving school will count toward forgiveness after the adjustment is applied — even if you’ve never enrolled in an IDR plan before.
The Education Department said it will continue to identify and notify borrowers who reach the applicable forgiveness thresholds — 20 or 25 years — every two months until 2024, at which point all borrowers who are not yet eligible for forgiveness will have their payment counts updated. So, expect the next debt discharge announcement in mid-September.
– Federal student loans including direct loans, government-held Perkins loans, government-held FFELP loans, and privately held FFELP loans.
– Borrowers must have also defaulted on the loans before forbearance began on March 13, 2020.
Loans returned to “current” status on borrowers’ credit reports.
Removal of negative default marks on credit reports.
Access to federal student aid and other government loans, like mortgages.
Access to flexible repayment plans, like income-driven repayment.
Access to short-term relief, like deferment or forbearance.
Suspension of collection efforts, even after the student loan payment pause ends.
For more information on student loans and some loan forgiveness alternatives please visit our financial section.
In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.
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