Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4
Chairman, Committee on Government Operations
Transportation and the Environment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 27, 2017
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Councilmember Todd Introduces Two Bills To Protect And Assist Seniors
Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Brandon T. Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced two pieces of legislation that would assist residents with purchasing hearing aids, and protect people living in community residences from dangerous utility disconnections.
The Hearing Aid Assistance Program Act of 2017 would establish a program through the Department of Health and the Department of Disability Services to provide District residents with an annual household adjusted gross income of less than $60,000 with a reimbursement of up to $500 to assist with the purchase of a hearing aid. The bill also establishes a Hearing Aid Assistance Program Fund, administered by the Department of Health, which will be used exclusively for the operation of the Hearing Aid Assistance Program.
“Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from hearing loss, which has been shown to cause social isolation, loss of income, and dementia,” said Councilmember Todd. “With a single hearing aid costing $2,300 on average, this basic technology and its many benefits are out of reach to low-income residents, especially seniors living on fixed incomes. This innovative program would go a long way toward assisting our low-income residents suffering from hearing loss.”
The Community Residential Facilities Third-Party Notice of Utility Disconnection Requirement Act of 2017 would require that any company providing utility services in the District of Columbia to provide 30-days’ notice to managing agencies of community residential facilities prior to disconnecting services. The bill would also require community residential facilities to list the managing agency as a third-party contact with any company furnishing that facility with utility services.
“Within the past year, at least three community residence facilities contracted by the Department of Behavioral Health who owed significant funds to utility companies were in danger of initiating a service disconnection that could medically threaten residents, especially seniors,” said Councilmember Todd. “By requiring community residential facilities to list their managing agencies as a third-party contact, these agencies would receive service connection notices before any shut-off occurs, staving off a potential disaster. When it comes to preventing threats to our residents living in community homes, we must be their unflinching advocates.”
About Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember Brandon T. Todd (D-Ward 4) is a native Washingtonian and lifelong public servant. He was elected to be the Ward 4 Councilmember on April 28, 2015 in a special election, and re-elected to a full four year term on November 8, 2016. He serves as Chairman of the DC Council Committee on Government Operations, Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, and is a member of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board.
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