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February is Black History Month
February is Black History month, a federally recognized celebration of the history, achievements, and contributions of African Americans to our state and our country.
Here are some resources on ways to celebrate and learn about Black History Month:
Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
The State of Iowa coronavirus website has a tool where you can find a vaccine provider near you. Iowa has begun Phase 1B with tiered priority groups, but there continues to be a limited supply of vaccine in Iowa. For details and to locate a provider, visit: coronavirus.iowa.gov
In addition, the Iowa Department of Public Health announced a one-time allocation of unused vaccine for Iowans 65 years old and over. Appointments can be scheduled at select Walgreens and CVS pharmacies in certain counties.
For general questions about the vaccine, you may call 2-1-1.
Marketplace Special Enrollment Period February 15-May 15
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a special enrollment period from February 15 - May 15 through healthcare.gov for Marketplace-eligible individuals who are submitting a new application or updating an existing application. The 2021 Special Enrollment Period provides access to health coverage during the pandemic. Some consumers may already be eligible for other existing Special Enrollment Periods, Medicaid, or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and can visit healthcare.gov now to find out if they can enroll in the meantime. Starting February 15, consumers seeking to take advantage of the new Special Enrollment Period can find out if they are eligible by visiting healthcare.gov. Consumers can find local help at Localhelp.healthcare.gov or by calling the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325. Assistance is available in 150 languages. The call is free. Read more...
Tax Season to begin February 12, 2021
The IRS and the Iowa Department of Revenue will begin processing tax returns on February 12, 2021. Here are some important dates:
To read more about the 2021 tax filing season, visit the IRS website. It also contains information on how to claim a recovery rebate credit for people who did not receive or only received partial payment of their stimulus payments.
The Iowa Department of Revenue website has forms, resources, and answers to tax questions.
The Iowa legislature is in session. Legislators are meeting in person and have put in place some protocols for 2021. The legislature's website has information on legislators, bills, schedules, committee meetings, and how the public can participate and submit comments. Visit https://www.legis.iowa.gov.
The U.S. healthcare system can be hard to navigate, especially for newcomers. CORE Resettlement Support Center has compiled some COVID-19 related resources in multiple languages. Languages include Amharic, Burmese, Nepali, Somali, Spanish, Ukranian, and more. Fact sheets, videos, and podcasts are also available.
COVID-19 Language Resources
American Sign Language Videos-CDC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Resources for Limited English Proficient Populations
Congolese Health Partnership Videos
Coronavirus, State Website
Crescent Community Health Center-Marshallese Language
EMBARC Ethnic Minorities of Burma and Advocacy and Resource Center
Hawaii Office of Language Access-Youtube
Iowa Department of Human Rights-Language Access
Iowa Department of Public Health
Iowa Spanish Helpline 515-344-3936
Multi-Lingual Hotline 1-877-558-2609
Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa
Test Iowa-Free COVID-19 Testing (Spanish available)