2018 Month February E Alert

Hines Alumni Association Monthly E Alert

2018 Month February

What you will find:

Information from our members including links to blogs, website articles and podcasts.




StoryCorps is on the road again with the 2018 tour of its MobileBooth, an Airstream trailer converted to a mobile recording studio, in which people around America can become a part of the country’s storytelling history. The MobileBooth will travel thousands of miles through the United States, visiting cities for a month each, recording meaningful conversations, and preserving them in the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
Please see below for a complete tour itinerary; reservations, which are free and available to the public. They are announced for each city and can be booked online at storycorps.org.


Social Issues


Participate in AFB’s Advocacy Network

"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much." – Helen Keller

In an increasingly noisy world where the rights, needs, and capabilities of people who are blind or visually impaired can so easily be drowned out of public discourse and private recognition, it has never been more important to make our voices heard.

By accepting this open invitation to participate in AFB’s Advocacy Network, you will be joining hands and voices with consumers, parents, professionals and other advocates from across America who are determined to be heard and help shape a world of no limits for all people who live with vision loss.





WASHINGTON — the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has, through a Federal Register notice, revised its regulations concerning payment or reimbursement for emergency treatment for non-service connected conditions at non-VA facilities.

VA will begin processing claims for reimbursement of reasonable costs that were only partially paid by the Veteran’s other health insurance (OHI). Those costs may include hospital charges, professional fees and emergency transportation, such as ambulances.

This change comes on the heels of an earlier announcement that VA was taking immediate action to address delayed payments to community providers, found here.

Effective Jan. 9, VA updated a portion of its regulations in response to an April 2016 U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims decision that stated VA could no longer deny reimbursement when OHI pays a portion of the treatment expenses.

VA will apply the updated regulations to claims pending with VA on or after April 8, 2016, and to new claims. By law, VA still may not reimburse Veterans for the costs of copayments, cost shares and deductibles required by their OHI.

VA will work directly with community providers to get additional information needed to review and process these claims. Previous claims do not have to be resubmitted unless requested by VA.

More information on the amended regulation along with guidance may be found here.


Topics of Interest


Find out how Amazon’s Alexa can act as a personal assistant to folks with low vision! Click this link to learn how Alexa can enrich your life!


Not sure how to speak to Alexa? Here are some suggestions!





Vancouver’s Grant Hardy checks out Nearby Explorer, an exciting new GPS app for Android and iPhone, used for navigating and exploring your surroundings.





Apple will replace your iPhone 6, 6s, or 7 battery for $29 even if it’s not being throttled
The iPhone slowdown scandal is the worst thing that happened to Apple in quite some time. The company is now taking steps to fix this big mess. Apple apologized to users, explained exactly what happens when iOS slows down a phone, and it reduced the battery replacement cost to just $29. We’ve already told you… Read the full story


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Terry Kebbel, President Hines Alumni


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