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Week Of Special Interest 10/02/19
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By La Voz Staff

VA improves information sharing

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will implement new procedures by January 2020, for sharing medical information for Veterans accessing health care in the community.

The department is changing its procedures for electronic health information sharing in accordance with Section 132 of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (MISSION Act).

“The MISSION Act gives Veterans greater access to care, whether at VA facilities or in the community,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “We are providing seamless access to care, improving efficiency and helping to ensure Veterans get the care they need, where and when they need it.”

The change moves VA from an ‘opt-in’ to an ‘opt-out’ model of electronic health information sharing. Veterans will no longer be required to provide signed, written authorization for VA to release electronic health information to community providers for the purposes of receiving medical treatment.

AARP Colorado goes on tour

AARP to visit Pueblo and Fort Collins to talk about legislative priorities

AARP Colorado staff and volunteers will discuss AARP legislative priorities. Good conversation and light refreshments guaranteed. All forums are free and open to the public. Guests may register by calling 1-877-926-8300.

AARP on Tour: Having completed our stop in Arvada, there is still time to join the Chillax, Have a Brew and Learn Some Cool Stuff Tour and find out about state and federal issues influencing all Coloradans. All ages are invited and encouraged to join AARP Colorado and the Colorado Fiscal Institute for a conversation about supporting the financial future of all Coloradans. Learn about new legislation that makes it easier to save your hard-earned dollars and be better prepared for the future. Find out exactly how the state and federal budgets impact you and your family. Presenters include AARP Colorado and Colorado Fiscal Institute officials and volunteers.

October 2, 2019

Brues Alehouse Brewing Company

120 Riverwalk Place

Pueblo, CO 81003

5:30 – 7 p.m.

October 10, 2019

New Belgium Brewery

500 Linden St.

Fort Collins, CO 80524

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump Proclamation: “During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we recognize that protecting cyberspace is essential to our national security and economic stability. We also underscore the responsibility individuals have to secure and safeguard their personal devices, technology, and networks from cyber threats.

My Administration is taking decisive action to prevent our adversaries from compromising our information and communications infrastructure.”

Colorado Governor

Colorado has joined a multi-state lawsuit to protect the appropriate enforcement of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Governor Jared Polis and Attorney General Phil Weiser released the following statements:

“The Endangered Species Act has been a great success at bringing species back from the brink of extinction. This dangerous rollback of the Endangered Species Act threatens more species with extinction. With these changes, the Trump administration continues its misguided assault on our wildlife diversity and ecosystems,” said Gov. Polis.

Denver Mayor

Our country is facing an epidemic of gun violence, and it is killing children in our neighborhoods and tearing apart our communities. In Denver, seven children under the age of 18 have been shot and killed so far this year.

“Recent shootings, including the one in my own neighborhood this past weekend, underscore the urgency in preventing youth gun violence,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock





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