Message from the NGO Committee on Ageing/NY Chair, Cynthia Stuen about COVID-19

Dear NGO Committee on Ageing/NY,

I hope this finds you well and taking good care of yourself.  Those of us who are older persons need to be especially careful and cautious.  I commend you to  follow guidelines from the Center for Disease Control ( and the World Health Organization ( dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.  While we are all disappointed that major UN meetings have been cancelled, it is in the best interest of everyone to contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and limit our face to face contact.   Below is also new  information on Medicare beneficiaries now having telehealth benefits during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Do call your health provider if you are having any symptoms. 

Forthcoming events:  

  1. It has just been announced that the 11th session of the Open Ended Working Group on Ageing will not be convening at all in April and will be held at a later date to be announced in due course by the United Nations.  All side events have also been cancelled, but I want to invite everyone to attend a  webinar on Tuesday April 7 from 1:15-2:30pm  on “Lifelong Learning and Earning”.  See attached flier for online registration here.  It is been organized by Pass It On Network, sponsored by the Mission of Argentina,  IAGG, IFA, The Global Ageing Network, and NGO CoA/NY.   Do Join US! 
  2. Thursday, 7 May  will be our next monthly program meeting on Brain Health and resources for persons with cognitive impairment.  Stay tuned for more information.  It will most likely be remotely held and not in-person.  

Take care,
Cynthia Stuen
Chair, NGO Committee on Ageing/NY


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COVID-19: President Trump Expands Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Outbreak

The Trump Administration announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. Beginning on March 6, 2020, Medicare—administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)—will temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries residing across the entire country.

To read the Fact Sheet on this announcement visit:

To read the Frequently Asked Questions on this announcement visit:

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