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DCD hosted a webinar for the Chester County Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. View the presentation slides or stream video of the meeting.

The Emergency Utility and Rental Assistance program serves Chester County residents and can only be accessed by dialing 2-1-1 and selecting the prompt for "Housing Crisis." 

Funding will serve individuals and families that are obligated to pay rent and meet the following three criteria:

  1. Qualify for unemployment or have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship, directly or indirectly, during COVID-19.
  2. Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
  3. Have a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median(Income limits are subject to change per guidance from the federal government).
    1. Family of 1 = $52,950
    2. Family of 4 = $75,600

Priority of service shall be prioritized to eligible applicants, including:

  • Households with individual(s) that have been unemployed for the 90 days prior to application for assistance and households with income at or below 50 percent of the area median.
  • Households with housing- and utility-related arrears that could result in imminent eviction or utility shut-off.

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Mysteries of Medicare: What’s New for 2021?

Medicare costs:

-Part B (medical) premium increased to $148.50/month.
-Part B deductible increased to $203/year.
-Part D (drugs) premiums, deductibles and copay vary by plan.
-Part D coverage gap (formerly doughnut hole) starts when drug costs reach $4130. 
  Copay is 25% of cost until reaching catastrophic coverage level at $6550.
-Insulin Savings Plan limits Part D copays for insulin dependent diabetics.
-Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA) levels moved up to allow more 
  income before additional Parts B and D premium charges apply.

Other changes:
-Telehealth coverage expanded to cover more physician services.
-Acupuncture is now a covered service.
-Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans now allow End Stage Renal (ESRD) patients to enroll.
-Supplemental benefits expanded for some MA plans.
-FDA approved COVID-19 testing, vaccines and some treatments are covered services, 
most without copays.

More details are available on the APPRISE website
Or, by calling the APPRISE Help line 610-344-5004. A certified counselor will call you back.

Spotted lanternfly
 (SLF) is an invasive insect that has spread throughout Pennsylvania since its discovery in Berks County in 2014. SLF feeds on the plant sap of many different plants including grapevines, maples, black walnut, and other important plants in PA. If you see SLF, help us stop it in its tracks! To report a sighting, use our reporting tool below or call our hotline at 1-888-422-3359.

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Spotted Lantern Flys 

As if 2020 wasn’t bad enough, the #SpottedLanternfly hasn’t gone anywhere. You’ll start seeing them turning from black to RED nymphs soon, and as adults with wings before you know it. Whatever stage they’re in, please REPORT every sighting.

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