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2009 Storm Water Management Program Annual Report

The City’s 2009 Storm Water Management Program Annual Report is available for public review. The Report can be accessed at the link below. Public comments on the Report will be accepted at the Department of Public Works and (914) 665-2300. The City’s Phase II Storm Water Management Program Plan Document is also available for review at the Department of Public Works.

2009 Storm Water Management Program Annual Report

Comprehensive Plan Newsletter: October 2009

Comprehensive Plan Progress Presentation

VA Reopening Health Care Enrollment to Thousands of Veterans

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which now has nearly eight million Veterans enrolled in its award-winning health care system, is poised to welcome nearly 266,000 more Veterans into its medical centers and clinics across the country by expanding access to health care enrollment for certain Veterans who had been excluded due to their income.

“This incremental approach to expanding enrollment ensures that access to VA health care for a greater number of beneficiaries does not sacrifice timely access or quality medical care for those Veterans already enrolled in VA’s health care system,” Dr. Gerald Cross, VA’s Acting Under Secretary for Health, said. “Over the next four years, we hope to provide enrollment to more than 500,000 Veterans.”

Under a new regulation effective June 15, VA will enroll Veterans whose income exceeds current means-tested thresholds by up to 10 percent.  These Veterans were excluded from VA health care enrollment when income limits were imposed in 2003 on Veterans with no service-connected disabilities or other special eligibility for care.  There is no income limit for Veterans with compensable service-connected disabilities or for Veterans being seen for their service-connected disabilities.

Veterans who have applied for VA health care but were rejected due to income at any point in 2009 will have their applications reconsidered under the new income threshold formula.  Those who applied before 2009, but were rejected due to income, must reapply.  VA will contact these Veterans through a direct-mail campaign, Veterans service organizations, and a national and regional marketing campaign.

Information about enrollment and an income and assets calculator are available at <a href=””>VA Healthcare Eligibility</a>.  The calculator provides a format in which Veterans enter their household income, number of dependents, and zip codes to see if they may qualify for VA health care enrollment.

In addition to applying online, Veterans may also contact VA’s Health Benefits Service Center at 1-877-222 VETS (1-877-222-8387).  Each VA medical center across the country has an enrollment coordinator available to provide Veterans with enrollment and eligibility information.

Regional Planning Association – Mayor’s Institute Report

Comprehensive Plan Survey

The purpose of the Comprehensive Plan Community Survey was to assess which issues residents identified as most important to the physical development of the City.  The surveys that were filled out online were tabulated electronically and the handwritten responses were entered by City staff, with the assistance of a graduate student intern. Both results were then compiled into tables and charts.

The written comments submitted in response to the open-ended final question of the survey were reviewed, and the general ideas that were expressed were extracted and used to define major themes that would become part of the Comprehensive Plan.

A report of the Community Survey process has been issued and included a narrative description of the results of both the online and print surveys, survey results displayed in data tables and ranked in highest to lowest order of priority based on the total amount of responses to each subject matter.  Pie charts and bar charts have also been used to illustrate the results graphically.

To learn more about the Comprehensive Plan Survey Mount Vernon’s Comprehensive Plan Survey, click the links below:

Comprehensive Plan Survey Form

Comprehensive Plan Survey Results Report

Tri-State Transporation Campaign Grant Award Announcement

Comprehensive Plan Survey Extension Announcement

Comprehensive Plan Update Launch

VA Finance-Related Programs

The VA has programs available to assist with financial distress and hardship.  Please click on the links below:

Relaxation of Priority Group 8 Enrollment Restrictions – 2/17/09

Public Law 110-329 provides VA additional funding to allow expanded enrollment opportunity for certain Priority 8 veterans who may have been previously denied enrollment in VA’s health care system because their income exceeded VA’s means tests thresholds. The proposed provision will allow veterans whose incomes do not exceed these thresholds by more than 10 percent to enroll in VA’s health care system. It has been determined that this relaxation will not negatively impact the timeliness or quality of care to enrollees. This provision is expected to take effect this June and will be applied retroactively to all enrollment applications received on or after January 1, 2009.

Two new sub-priorities have been established within enrollment priority group 8 (8b and 8d). Beginning on the effective date of the regulation, VA would enroll priority category 8 veterans whose income exceeds the current means test threshold (MTT) and geographic means test income thresholds (GMTT) by 10% or less. It is anticipated that this rule will take effect by June 30, 2009.

On the effective date of the regulation, a veteran who has applied for enrollment, who does not qualify for a higher priority group and whose income exceeds the MTT or GMTT by 10% or less will be placed in priority group 8b (if the veteran is 0% service-connected, non-compensable) or 8d (if the veteran is non service-connected) and enrolled in the VA health care system.

Prior to the effective date of the rule, a veteran who applies for enrollment, who does not qualify for a higher priority group and whose income exceeds the MTT or GMTT by 10% or less will continue to be placed in priority group 8e or 8g.

However, while VA is not advising veterans who may meet the new eligibility criteria to apply prior to effective date of the regulation, VA will inform veterans and Veterans Service Organizations of plans for the Health Eligibility Center (HEC) to re-determine the enrollment status of those veterans who applied after January 1, 2009 but were rejected for enrollment due to income. This approach reduces burdens to the sites (by not requiring veterans to apply for enrollment twice in the same year), provides for greater benefit to veterans, and uses consistent income information in the application process. For those veterans who apply on or after January 1, 2009 and are placed into a rejected priority group due to income, VA enrollment correspondence will indicate that VA will re-determine enrollment after the effective date of the new rule.

HEC is distributing scripts for use by frontline Medical Center staff to assist in communicating with veterans and to assist with processing enrollment applications. Additionally, the Health Revenue Center (HRC) Health Benefits Service Center is developing scripts for call agents to assist veterans with questions related to this enrollment change.

HEC is also developing a Means Test Calculator to assist the field in a Preliminary enrollment determinations based on the data entry.

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