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Additional Information Regarding COVID-19 – April 23

Posted on April 23, 2020 by Admin


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Last night, the Governor issued another Executive Order which addresses unemployment benefits, telehealth coverage, and more.

I am continuing to update my website daily with the Governor’s Executive Orders, nightly briefings and other information and resources. That website can be found here: https://www.cthousegop.com/wood/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-resources/

The Governor’s Executive Order does the following:

  • Modifies state laws to add any licensed dentist, behavioral analyst, genetic counselor, music therapist, art therapist, and veterinarian to the definition of telehealth provider.

  • Modifies state laws to allow the Department of Public Health to suspend, for a period not to exceed 60 consecutive days, the requirements for licensure, certification, or registration for occupational therapists; alcohol and drug counselors; radiographers, radiologic technologists, radiologist assistants, and nuclear medicine technologists; dentists; dental hygienists; behavioral analysts; genetic counselors; music therapists; art therapists; dietician-nutritionists; and speech and language pathologists.

  • Suspends certain continuing education requirements for one year for occupations and professions with annual education requirements, and for other occupations and professions the continuing education completion period and reporting requirements are suspended for six months.

Additionally:

The CT Department of Labor has processed more than 320,000 of the 397,000 unemployment claims it has received since March 13. To file a claim please visit the following site here

With the new technology enhancements, that processing time has been reduced to about three weeks, and the agency is on target to reduce that time further to one week by the close of this week.

Benefits will be retroactive to the date a person needed to apply.

Anyone who is filing for benefits is strongly encouraged to select direct deposit since this is the quickest method to receive the benefits.

Call the Department of Labor at 860-263-6975 or 203-455-2653. Email them at dol.webhelp@ct.gov.

For more information:

https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/04-2020/Governor-Lamont-Coronavirus-Update-April-22