Month: August 2014

Office of Refugee Resettlment-Resolving Citizenship & Immigration Status Data-Matching Problems

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From: Office of Refugee Resettlement (ACF)
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 7:03 AM

Resolving Citizenship and Immigration Status Data-Matching Problems

Dear friends,
Last week, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services mailed final notices to approximately 310,000 people who were able to enroll in health insurance coverage through the Federally Facilitated Marketplace but whose immigration status or citizenship could not be immediately verified. The notices tell people with data-matching problems (also called “inconsistencies”) that if they don’t upload or mail in copies of their documentation by Sept. 5, they risk losing their insurance coverage on Sept. 30. The notices are in English or Spanish only. Some states that run their own marketplaces are imposing these same deadlines.

Please spread the word through your networks about the approaching deadlines!

Anyone who receives a notice should submit copies of their documents again—even if they’ve already uploaded or mailed in documentation—to avoid losing their coverage. Marketplace customers may also call the Marketplace call center at 1-800-318-2596 to check to see if they need to submit documents.

Deadline to submit documents: Sept. 5, 2014
Potential coverage cutoff: Sept. 30, 2014
Call center: 1-800-318-2596

For more information, here is the link to’s blog.

Thank you,


Cultural Orientation Resource Center: Refugee Services Toolkit

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Refugee Services Toolkit from National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has created a Refugee Services Toolkit. Topic headings are as follows:
What is a Refugee? (including what refugee families may have faced, and cultural considerations when working with refugees)
About Refugee Stress
About Traumatic Stress
About Suicide and Refugee Children and Adolescents (including risk, protective factors, and screening)
Case Examples
Use the Assessment Tool (including an overview and then more information on the four core stressors: Trauma, Acculturation, Resettlement, and Isolation)
Provider Tips
See the Refugee Services Toolkit for information, tools, and more.
Resources on Working with Unaccompanied and Immigrant Minors from NCTSN
In addition to its Refugee Services Toolkit, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed a new compilation of resources on Working with Unaccompanied and Immigrant Minors. “Not only during their journey but also on arriving at their destination, immigrant youth experience traumatic events related to war or persecution, abuse, trafficking, and vio-lence which may affect their mental and physical health. If you are working with youth who have found their way to the States without the presence of a caregiver, we hope you will find this page beneficial. We will add more resources as they become available.”
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
August 2014 eBulletin
More on working with unaccompanied minors and other youth-related resources, from BRYCS
BRYCS (Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services) has released an August bulletin including information about a number of resources, including the BRYCS publications, Highlighted Resources for Working with Unaccompanied Minors, Keeping Safe! Children’s Bilingual Guide, and Keeping Safe! A Teen Bilingual Guide, as well as events and funding opportunities. See the bulletin or see the BRYCS webpage at
Reconnecting Families inquiry system
The American Red Cross would like to make readers aware of the new public inquiry system on the American Red Cross Reconnecting Families webpage. The Reconnecting Families team works to restore communication between families who have been separated due to war, disaster or migration. See the link to the webpage and the link to the new public inquiry. The inquiry page allows the public to submit questions, requests or concerns directly to our staff. It is a great way for people to ask about our services.
Liz Corrigan
International Reconnecting Families
American Red Cross
Washington, DC
Fraud to rob refugees of personal data
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) would like to warn you of a new fraud scheme to rob refugees of personal data, which can be used to commit identity theft.
Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC), an ORR grantee from Iowa, reports that last week some of their clients were visited by two men claiming to be cell phone company representatives. These men went door to door asking refugee families for their social security numbers, Medicaid numbers, and dates of birth, promising them free cell phones in return.
ORR urges you to be aware that there are several criminals seeking to take advantage of newly arrived refugees who may not realize the need to protect their personal information from thieves and other criminals. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is following scam attempts such as these, and encourages anyone contacted with similar scams to report them through the FTC website. Their recently published Consumer Alert provides valuable tips on how to avoid being victimized, and what to do in case you are contacted. They have also set up a new web page, Avoiding Scams Against Immigrants, with information and materials in several languages.
How can you avoid scams like this?
• Do not give important personal information – or money – to someone you don’t know or to someone who contacts you unexpectedly.
• Do not give your personal or financial information to unknown persons who seek payment or ask for charitable contributions. Providing such information may compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft.
• Do not respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming e-mails, including clicking links contained within those messages. • Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as officials asking for payments or donations, door-to-door, or by phone, mail, e-mail, or social networking sites.
• If you are a refugee and are contacted like this, talk to the case manager at your resettlement agency immediately. Then report it to the Federal Trade Commission online or at 1-877-FTC-HELP. Information courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission, FTC Consumer Alert
Resettled refugees are once again advised to consult with their local resettlement agencies if someone claiming to represent the government contacts them, especially if there are promises of cash or prizes. If these scammers come to your home, report the incident to your local police. Please spread the warning about these scams.
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Human Services Directory Now Available

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Love your phone,
but having problems finding the right phone number?

Finding Help: A Human Services Directory for the State of Hawaii is now available.

I wanted to let you know that our updated Finding Help Human Services Directory is now available.  It contains phone numbers and websites for more than 500 agencies, programs, and institutions.  Issues covered include Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services, Bereavement & Grief Support, Community Health Centers, Counseling Programs, Health Insurance Providers, Senior Services, Domestic Violence programs, Support Groups, and many more.

You can download it from our website.  You can also order hard copies by hitting “reply” and emailing us your name, phone number, and address.

We hope you find it useful!

Marya Grambs, Executive Director

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AMA Wire (Physician Voice helps shape Veterans’ Health Care Reform Law)

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AMA Wire Alert
Physician voice helps shape veterans’ health care reform law
The unified voice of medicine calling for swift action to address veterans’ urgent health care needs resonated this week on Capitol Hill as Congress passed reform legislation.
The bipartisan framework agreed upon last week passed the U.S. House of Representatives Monday in a vote of 420-5, paving the way for veterans to seek medical care outside the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system if they aren’t receiving timely treatment. The U.S. Senate followed suit and passed the bill Thursday night. The AMA House of Delegates in June adopted policy urging Congress to act quickly on improving access to care for veterans.
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UCLA Center for Health Policy Research: Health Policy News – Diabetes Update

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Poor people with diabetes up to 10 times likelier to lose a limb than wealthier patients
Most amputations preventable with earlier medical care, UCLA researchers say
August 4, 2014 — It’s no secret that poverty is bad for your health. Now a new UCLA study demonstrates that California diabetics who live in low-income neighborhoods are up to 10 times more likely to lose a toe, foot or leg than patients residing in more affluent areas of the state. Earlier diagnosis and proper treatment could prevent many of these amputations, the researchers say.
The study authors hope their findings, published in the August issue of Health Affairs, will motivate public agencies and medical providers to reach out to patients at risk of late intervention and inspire policymakers to adopt legislation to reduce barriers to care.
“I’ve stood at the bedsides of diabetic patients and listened to the surgical residents say, ‘We have to cut your foot off to save your life,'” said lead author Dr. Carl Stevens, a clinical professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “These patients are often the family breadwinners and parents of young children — people with many productive years ahead of them.”
The authors used data from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research’s California Health Interview Survey, which estimated the prevalence of diabetes among low-income populations by ZIP code. They blended these statistics with household-income figures from the U.S. Census Bureau and hospital discharge data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development that tracked diabetes-related amputations by ZIP code.
The result was a detailed set of maps showing diabetic amputation rates by neighborhood for patients 45 and older — the age range at greatest risk for amputation from disease complications.
“Neighborhoods with high amputation rates clustered geographically into hot spots with a greater concentration of households falling below the federal poverty level,” said co-author Dylan Roby, director of the Health Economics & Evaluation Program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and an assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. “Amputation rates in California were 10 times higher in the poorest neighborhoods, like Compton and East Los Angeles, than in the richest neighborhoods, such as Malibu and Beverly Hills.”
The findings paint a grim picture.
In 2009, California doctors surgically removed nearly 8,000 legs, feet and toes from 6,800 people with diabetes. Roughly 1,000 of these patients underwent two or more amputations. On average, 20 diabetic Californians were wheeled into the operating room each day for an amputation.
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