COVID-19 Resources

Senior Shopping Hours
Senior Shopping Hours

THIS POST WAS UPDATED May 11, 2020. This list was accurate at the time of posting but may change as situations in our community develop.  If you have any changes or additions, please contact gabe@franklinkyle.com at Franklin & Kyle Elder Law, LLC. Some stores are...

Absentee Voting
Absentee Voting

Beginning May 8, any Tennessean 60 or older can submit a request to vote absentee by-mail in the August 6th State and Federal Primary and County General Election. Visit GoVoteTN.com to learn more. To vote by mail, a registered voter must fall under one of the...

Understanding Telehealth
Understanding Telehealth

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many insurance companies, including Medicare, have made special allowances for use of telehealth visits with providers.  Telehealth.hhs.gov has a helpful list of information to help you prepare for a telehealth visit with your healthcare...

COVID-19 Medicare Changes
COVID-19 Medicare Changes

The Center for Medicare Advocacy has compiled a helpful list of changes to Medicare rules related to the COVID-19 crisis.  Go here to view the full document. The global COVID-19 crisis has led to many changes in health care rules, including in the Medicare program. ...

Knox Co & Knoxville Reopening Plan
Knox Co & Knoxville Reopening Plan

City and County Leaders Outline a Local Business Reopening Plan.  To read the full reopening plan, go here. Knoxville, Tennessee—Knox County and the City of Knoxville will begin a gradual, phased-in reopening of businesses Friday, May 1, 2020. The collaborative plan...

TDOT Yellow Dot Program
TDOT Yellow Dot Program

The Tennessee Yellow DOT Program is designed to provide first responders with an individual’s medical information in the event of an emergency on Tennessee’s roadways. The information can mean the difference between life and death in the “Golden Hour” immediately...

CMS Requires Nursing Homes to Report COVID-19 Cases

Nursing homes are required to report COVID-19 cases: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new regulatory requirements that will require nursing homes to inform residents, their families and representatives of COVID-19 cases in their...

Coronavirus Scams
Coronavirus Scams

Unfortunately, scammers take advantage of opportunities to prey upon others.  The fears and anxieties related to coronavirus have led to increase vulnerability with scammers.  The Federal Trade Commission has the following recommendations to avoid Coronavirus Scams:...

Safety Net Programs
Safety Net Programs

The Tennessee Justice Center has a list of governmental safety-net programs that are designed for individuals and families who are having trouble accessing health care and food as well as replacing lost income. To see the list of resources, visit their site here.

Pharmacy Delivery Services
Pharmacy Delivery Services

Mac's Hometown Pharmacies are providing free delivery to Knox, Blount, and Anderson Counties. All Mac’s Pharmacy retail locations will now offer FREE HOME MEDICATION DELIVERY for all of Knox, Anderson and Blount Counties. We will continue to add drivers and routes as...

Support Groups Meeting Remotely
Support Groups Meeting Remotely

Alzheimer's Tennessee provides a number of online resources, including virtual support groups, 24/7 helplines, and caregiver academy resources.  To learn more, visit their website. The Alzheimer's Association offers a free online community message board and locally...

COVID-19 Assessment Sites in Tennessee
COVID-19 Assessment Sites in Tennessee

The State of TN Department of Health has a list of assessment sites that is being updated regularly.  Go here to find one near you. Note--Tennesseans should first call their usual source of care. If an assessment cannot be done in that location, individuals should...

Social Security Beneficiaries and Stimulus Checks
Social Security Beneficiaries and Stimulus Checks

The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced on April 1 that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an economic impact payment. The Internal Revenue Service...