Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Guest Post: Everything Audio Description Offers

 Shared from the Metropolitan Washington Ear

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Contributed by Terry Pacheco, President of Metropolitan Washington Ear

Everything Audio Description Offers April 8, 8:00 PM

What questions do you have about audio described live and recorded programs and performances? How do you get the service to work on your TV? Where do I find what’s available? What live performances are described? These and many more questions will be answered during this special collaborative session presented by The Metropolitan Washington Ear and the Audio Description Project hosted by Phyllis Burson and Terry Pacheco.  Special guests include: Sylvia Rosenthal, Listener Coordinator and Patti Wong, performance audio describer  at the Ear; Carl Richardson, Media sub-committee chair, ADP; and Fred Brack, ADP webmaster.  This is a wonderful learning opportunity for all.  

Join us April 8th, at 8:00 Eastern.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Adventure Awaits: Enter the OPAC


Adventure Awaits for You!

[Video on loop: Knight pulls sword from sheath while surrounded by flags and fog.]

Enter the OPAC:

​​​​​For over 70 years, LaTanya was a peaceful place that thrived under King Mighteous.   But one day the lives of its inhabitants were forever changed.  Will you be the savior of LaTanya? Several challenges await you in this epic adventure.  The game will be open to all participants from ages 10-19.  Registration closes at 20 seats or on April 4th. 

How to Register:

If you are interested, please request the "Enter the OPAC" link using a valid email address.  

Round 1:  April 5th - April 11th

  • Registration closes on April 4th.  Registration will close at 20 participants, so register now!  
  • The link will be released on April 5th to all participants who register. 
  • The first to finish with 100% accuracy by April 7th wins the "Grand" prize.  
  • All other entries that are complete and accurate will be placed in a gift card raffle to be drawn on April 12th
  • All participants will be notified of his or her results and prize standing by email. 

Round 2:  April 19th - April 25th 

  • Registration will open on April 12th and close on April 18th.  Registration will close at 20 participants.
  • The link will be released on April 19th to all participants who register. 
  • The first to finish with 100% accuracy by April 21st wins the "Grand" prize.  
  • All other entries that are complete and accurate will be placed in a gift card raffle to be drawn on April 26th
  • All participants will be notified of his or her results and prize standing by email. 
  • Participants who register for Round 1 will not be allowed to participate in Round 2.    

 Join now... and Enter the OPAC!​

Monday, March 29, 2021

Guest Post: Consumer Advisory – Cost of COVID-19 Vaccine


Shared Information from the Maryland Insurance Commissioner

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Craig Ey, 410-468-2488 (O)
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Consumer Advisory – COVID-19 Vaccinations

BALTIMORE – Maryland Insurance Commissioner Kathleen A. Birrane reminds all Marylanders that they cannot be billed for COVID-19 vaccinations regardless of which vaccine they receive.

While the Maryland Insurance Administration has not seen evidence of attempts by providers to bill individuals for vaccine administration in Maryland, we are aware that in other states individuals have been charged for the administration of the more recently approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

As set forth in the Commissioner's December 15th Consumer Advisory, health insurance issuers must cover the administration of vaccines authorized by the FDA for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 without charge regardless of which vaccine you receive.  The cost protections ordered by the Hogan Administration are broader than those afforded under the federal CARES Act, because they apply to all health plans that include vaccination coverage that are issued by health insurers in Maryland, not only the non-grandfathered ACA plans referenced under federal law.

Doses of the vaccine that are purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be provided at no cost.  Vaccination providers are eligible to be reimbursed from an insurer or from the federal government when they administer the vaccine, but may not charge individuals.

As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has stated:

All organizations and providers participating in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program:

  • must administer COVID-19 vaccine at no out-of-pocket cost to the recipient;
  • may not deny anyone vaccination based on the vaccine recipient’s coverage status or network status;
  • may not charge an office visit or other fee if COVID-19 vaccination is the sole medical service provided;
  • may not require additional medical services to receive COVID-19 vaccination;
  • may seek appropriate reimbursement from a program or plan that covers COVID-19 Vaccine administration fees for the vaccine recipient, such as:
    - vaccine recipient’s private insurance company
    - Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement
    - HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program for non-insured vaccine recipients
  • may not seek any reimbursement, including through balance billing, from the vaccine recipient.
If anyone attempts to charge you for a vaccination, please notify us immediately at 800-492-6116 or file a complaint online at: https://enterprise.insurance.maryland.gov/consumer/ConsumerPortalWelcomePage.aspx.
For more information, visit the Maryland Insurance Administration’s COVID-19 Resource Center at https://insurance.maryland.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx. Additional information about the Federal CARES Act can be found at https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares.