This newsletter contains updates on legislation, regulation and guidance on the federal and state levels in response to COVID-19. Please visit the Coronavirus Information section of the NAHU website for more resources.  
 
 
The NAHU COVID-19 Relief Fund has been created to provide financial support to NAHU members and their families that have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial support could provide monetary assistance with out of pocket medical expenses, unanticipated funeral expenses, or other special circumstance COVID-19 related expenses for members in good standing and their legal dependents.
 
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Congress
  • Representatives Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Richard Neal (D-MA) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) unveiled The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, a legislative package that aims to make healthcare and prescription drugs more affordable as Americans face the pandemic and the economic downturn.
  • Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced The American Citizen Coronavirus Relief Act.
  • Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced legislation to expand primary care access for women and children.
  • Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) introduced the American Assistance for American Companies Act, a bill to ensure that inverted corporations cannot receive financial assistance under the CARES Act.
  • Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO), Fred Upton (R-MI), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Frank Lucas (R-OK), Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize billions in funding to U.S. researchers who have been impacted by the pandemic.
  • Representatives Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), John Katko (R-NY) and Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced the bipartisan Coronavirus Health Care Worker Wellness Act, which would address the unique mental health challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has created for our nation's healthcare heroes.
  • Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Bob Gibbs (R-OH) introduced the COVID-19 Hospital Forgiveness Act, which forgives loans made to hospitals and healthcare providers through the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments program.
  • Representative Katie Porter introduced the Patients Before Profits Act, which would bar insurers from renegotiating contracts or decreasing reimbursement rates for doctors and other healthcare workers while a pandemic is ongoing.
  • Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Francis Rooney (R-FL), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced bipartisan bills to prevent price-gouging, prohibit monopolies and ensure transparency on taxpayer funded COVID-19 drugs.
  • Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) introduced legislation that would expand tobacco-cessation coverage to all Medicaid beneficiaries during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) introduced legislation to expand access to telehealth services for seniors.

Administration 
  • President Trump signaled support for a second round of stimulus checks for Americans as part of a potential phase-four coronavirus aid package.
  • The Government Accountability Office released its first report on oversight of the CARES Act stimulus funds.
  • The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration announced the agencies will disclose the names, addresses, classification codes, ZIP codes, business type, demographic data, non-profit information, jobs supported and loan amount within a range of each firm that received a coronavirus emergency relief loan of at least $150,000.
  • The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued guidance to clarify issues relevant to the pandemic's effects on the workplace.
  • The DOL launched an interactive online tool to help workers determine if they qualify for paid sick leave or extended family and medical leave to cover time away from work for reasons related to the coronavirus.
  • The IRS announced that anyone who already took a required minimum distribution in 2020 from certain retirement accounts now has the opportunity to roll those funds back into a retirement account following the CARES Act RMD waiver for 2020.
  • The IRS released updated FAQs: Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act (FAQ 28, 30, 33-35, 46, 58, 88, 90 and 92).
  • CMS is calling for a renewed national commitment to value-based care based on Medicare claims data that provides an early snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on the Medicare population.
     
States
  • The White House provided a readout from Vice President Pence's Governors Briefing on COVID-19 response and recovery.
  • Track where all 50 states stand on reopening here.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released resources to assist states to reopen.
  • CMS has approved over 200 requests for state relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including recent approvals for Alaska, Iowa, Hawaii, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah and Virginia.