Fidelis Care Distributes Over 60,000 School Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment Items Statewide

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NEW YORK, Oct. 12, 2020

Local health plan supports families and children during the start of the school year

NEW YORK, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Fidelis Care is helping families statewide by providing over 60,000 free school supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items. The health insurer is working with schools, local community groups, and providers to distribute resources such as face masks, hand sanitizer, backpacks, and pencil kits.

Fidelis Care Earns NCQA Health Plan Accreditation (PRNewsfoto/Fidelis Care)
Fidelis Care Earns NCQA Health Plan Accreditation (PRNewsfoto/Fidelis Care)

Streetside, Fidelis Care’s fleet of mobile offices, is also visiting local communities, providing the school supplies and PPE.

“During these unprecedented times, Fidelis Care is especially proud to support local students as the new school year begins,” said Pam Hassen, Chief Member Engagement Officer. “Whether students are learning from home or in school, their health and safety is our first priority, and we’re pleased to provide assistance on a grassroots, community level.”

From Buffalo to Long Island, and everywhere in between, Fidelis Care is connecting with schools and community organizations to help families and children.

“Long Island Head Start thanks Fidelis Care for their generous donations of school supplies,” said Ana Figueroa, Long Island Head Start Parent Supervisor. “This year may look a little different, but Fidelis Care and Long Island Head Start continue to have a shared commitment to the communities we serve.”

About Fidelis Care:

Fidelis Care is a mission-driven health plan offering quality, affordable coverage for children and adults of all ages and at all stages of life. With more than two-million members statewide, Fidelis Care believes that all New Yorkers should have access to quality, affordable health coverage. For more information, call Fidelis Care at 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547)

Bryce Hall is an angel investor, an entrepreneur and he hosts a new financial podcast, Capital University.

Wait, what happened to Bryce Hall?

He is one of the most popular creators on TikTok. As a member of the TikTok collective, The Sway House, he has grown his social media following to 26 million across all platforms.

Hall has been known as a controversial TikToker for much of his career. He has gotten arrested. The Mayor of L.A. shut off his power because he hosted a party during quarantine. And he’s been involved in countless beefs with other creators.

So, where did this new Bryce Hall come from?

Hall said, “I never really showed anybody the business side of me. That’s originally why I started the podcast. Coming up from social media, and blowing up on TikTok, there was a business strategy behind that. But no one saw that. They just saw me as the problematic kid on the Internet who throws parties.”

His new podcast, Captial University, is an investing podcast that is co-hosted by Anthony Pompliano. Pompliano has built and sold numerous companies, ran Product & Growth teams at Facebook and Snapchat and has invested over $100 million in early stage technology companies. 

Their podcast is geared towards helping young entrepreneurs create long-term wealth. They discuss investing, business, social media and more. They also bring on world-class entrepreneurs and business leaders to share their journey and give tips to the listeners.

His first guest was Mark Cuban and they have more great entrepreneurs lined up, like: Justin Kan, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, Kevin Harrington, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Draper and more.

Hall is also making smart investments, which is different than most of the influencers out

If you were one of the millions of workers laid off in the coronavirus pandemic and you stashed money in a workplace dependent care flexible spending account (FSA) for 2020, you might not have to lose the money you contributed but didn’t spend down yet for child care expenses.

“We’re hearing a lot of employee outcry,” says Judith Wethall, an employee benefits lawyer with McDermott Will & Emery in Chicago. 

But here’s a secret: A pre-Covid 19 law might mean you don’t have to forfeit the money you stashed away in your dependent care FSA at work if you’ve been laid off. It’s called the “termination spend down provision.” Here’s how to ask your employer about it.

First, a refresher on the basic rules. If your employer offers a dependent care FSA, once a year, usually in the late fall, you decide how much of your salary you want funneled into the FSA account on a pre-tax basis for the next year. By contributing to the FSA, you save money because you don’t pay income taxes on the amount of your pay that goes into the account. The maximum amount you can contribute, set by your employer, is typically $5,000 a year. It goes into your account on a per paycheck basis.. Once you have money built up in the account and you have child care expenses, you can reimburse yourself from the account: You submit the receipts to pull money out to cover the expenses. If you don’t incur expenses that year, you forfeit the money.

The problem people are facing this year is that the coronavirus pandemic upended child care arrangements. Day care centers were closed. Summer day camps were cancelled.  


11-Year-Old Making Masks for Healthcare Workers Surprised With Money for New Sewing Machine

Holli Morgan was presented with a $1,200 check for a new sewing machine and YouTube channel

A young girl was gifted a sizeable check to purchase a new sewing machine and equipment after making 1,200 masks for health care workers fighting the coronavirus outbreak.

Holli Morgan, an 11-year-old girl from Stone Mountain, Georgia, has made hundreds of protective facial coverings for those on the pandemic’s frontlines, according to WGCL. She initially started with a goal of sewing 500 masks, but was motivated to surpass that mark once she reached it.

“I’m going to be honest, I was relieved because I thought — good we can stop,” Holli’s mother, April McMillian, told the news station of her daughter making her first 500 masks.

“She said, ‘No mommy, I’m going to make 1,200,’ ” McMillian recalled. “I’m like, ‘You wanna do what?’ “

Holli told WGCL that seeing how much her church helps those in need encouraged her to continue making the masks.

“Every time we pass by the church, we see somebody sitting asking for food or money,” Holli said.

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With this latest round, Holli said she is focusing on giving them to the homeless and people who couldn’t otherwise afford them.

“It makes me feel good,” she said of her selfless work.

Holli’s ambition, of course, has left a powerful impression on those who know her.

“At a young age, she is aware that she can still make a difference for humanity,” Kerwin Lee, senior pastor at Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain, told the station.

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Saying that he’s keeping his options open, developer Abe Aityeh presented plans for a 175-bed personal care home at 1838 Center St., a grassy parcel on the corner of Dewberry Avenue where Atiyeh has also proposed a psychiatric hospital, apartment complex, and most recently a Lidl grocery store.


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The layout of the facility is essentially the same footprint as the 125-bed apartment complex that was shot down by zoners last year because it was not allowed in the city’s institutional zoning district. The personal care home would include four four-story buildings. The only addition is a single-story, 50-bed building for senior citizens with mobility issues.

Atiyeh said the rooms wouldn’t be double occupancy. If a couple needed a unit, there would be doors that could turn a unit into a suite with two bedrooms.

The planning commission gave an initial review of the plans at their meeting Thursday night.

“One of my concerns is that we just need some clarification on how do we define this as a personal care facility? It’s laid out as apartments and it has the same kind of parking you’d demand if it were apartments,” said Darlene Heller, the city’s planning director.

Atiyeh is proposing 228 spaces, though only 63 are required. He argued that most baby boomers continue to drive and there also needs to be spaces for visitors.

Heller said in her experience, parking demand is much less at a personal care home because many of the residents no longer drive.

Planners also raised concerns about green space, noting that the parking spaces back up to Center Street. Rob Melosky, chairman of the planning commission, said he was concerned about how that would look in an area he considers to be a gateway into Bethlehem’s downtown.

“I’m not asking you to