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.
 
If you or fellow member has been impacted and you would like to apply for assistance, please click hereIf you are in a position to make a contribution to help support your fellow NAHU member, we ask that you please donate here. These contributions are tax-deductible.
 

Congress
  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pushed back on the Trump Administration's request for a $1 trillion stimulus cap for additional coronavirus aid.
  • The House passed H.R. 7066, Reopening America by Supporting Workers and Businesses Act of 2020, which provide a much-needed fix to help non-profits offset the costs of unemployment benefits for their workers.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed support for another round of stimulus checks for Americans, saying "it could well be a part of" the next coronavirus relief package.
  • 38 senators sent a letter to HHS Secretary Azar and CMS Administrator Verma regarding telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Timely and Effective Systematic Testing (TEST) Act, legislation to strengthen the nation’s health preparedness efforts for COVID-19 recovery and future pandemics by requiring a plan for diagnostic testing and public health system integration to better detect infectious diseases, prevent outbreaks, and avoid future economic shutdowns related to pandemics.
  • Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced The Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Defense and Enhancement Act, comprehensive legislation that takes bold steps to reinvigorate the United States' manufacturing capacity and end the nation's reliance on foreign countries for critical drugs used by millions of Americans.
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced legislation to extend the additional unemployment benefits past July 31.
  • Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced the Emergency Support for Nursing Homes and Elder Justice Reform Act of 2020, which would improve existing programs to protect older Americans while also providing help to nursing homes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has posed serious problems for these facilities.
  • Representatives Brad Schneider (D-IL) and John Katko (R-NY) introduced bipartisan legislation to require the federal government to report to Congress on their preparation planning to address the effects of a potential COVID-19 resurgence.
  • Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Made in America: Preparation for a Pandemic Act to secure our nation’s critical stock of PPE and promote a stronger manufacturing base for medical equipment.
  • Ways and Means Republicans introduced new legislation to encourage development of new therapies and cures while strengthening our medical supply chain here in the U.S.

Administration 
  • NAHU recently submitted comments to the Small Business Administration in regards to the interim final rule on Paycheck Protection Program loan-forgiveness requirements. Two comment letters were submitted: one detailing our requests from the borrower’s perspective and another detailing our requests from the lender’s perspective.
  • President Trump formally withdrew the U.S. from the World Health Organization amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • President Trump signed into law S.4116, which will give businesses an additional five weeks, through August 8, to apply for funds through the PPP.
  • Department of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia stated the boosted unemployment benefit of $600 per week, which is set to expire on July 31, is no longer needed "going forward."
  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury released detailed data on loans of at least $150,000 made under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
  • The IRS and Treasury provided guidance to employers requiring them to report the amount of qualified sick leave wages paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
  • The Department of Labor, HHS, and Treasury issued a proposed rule to amend the requirements for grandfathered group health plans and grandfathered group health insurance coverage to preserve their grandfather status.
  • HHS, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced approximately $3 billion in funding to hospitals serving a large percentage of vulnerable populations on thin margins and approximately $1 billion to specialty rural hospitals, urban hospitals with certain rural Medicare designations, and hospitals in small metropolitan areas.
 
States
  • The White House provided a readout from Vice President Pence's Governors briefing on COVID-19 response and best practices on safely reopening America's schools.
  • 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.
Webinars
  • The Democratic and Republican National Conventions have been pushed to August and the political impact of the coronavirus is beginning to reverberate across the presidential battleground states. As delegates to the conventions continue to navigate these uncertain times and debate their party's platform. NAHU vice president of government affairs Marcy M. Buckner dove into the details of these plans and how they could affect the private health insurance market in "Live from NAHU! How COVID-19 Has Rewired the Election." Watch it here.