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 here. If 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
  • Both chambers are scheduled to be in state and district work periods through Labor Day. Congressional leaders have noted members will be given 24-hour notice to return to DC for a vote if a deal is reached on a coronavirus stimulus package.
  • Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) delivered remarks on the floor regarding COVID-19 relief.
  • Treasury Secretary Mnuchin called Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) last week to discuss restarting talks.
  • Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced two bipartisan bills that aim to address persistent nationwide shortages by temporarily cutting taxes on imported PPE, requiring interagency coordination around domestic PPE supply, and directing the United States International Trade Commission  to regularly update its current list of medical products needed to fight COVID-19.
  • Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced the Getting Early Treatment and Comprehensive Assessments Reduces Emergencies (GET CARE) Act, which would authorize a public-awareness campaign to educate people on the importance of resuming routine procedures and screenings – something Americans were discouraged from doing for a period of time during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Senate Small Business Committee Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) continue to receive support for their Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act.
  • House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) released a one-pager addressing frequently asked questions regarding President Trump’s executive order on housing.
Administration 
  • The Treasury Department is tasked with issuing guidance to accompany President Trump's memorandum on deferring payroll tax obligations. The agency will need to create the regulatory structure that determines if the deferral is mandatory, who is eligible and the process for repaying the deferred taxes, among other things.
  • Secretary Mnuchin announced on FOX Business that President Trump's executive order to defer payroll taxes would be "voluntary."
  • HHS is releasing the next round of provider relief funds. It will allocate $5 billion to nursing homes. The initial $2.5 billion disbursement is expected to occur in mid-August.
  • CMS Administrator Verma convened a roundtable discussion with Boston-area healthcare leaders to discuss the effects COVID-19 has had on care delivery, and the impact of telehealth on patient access to care.
States
  • The White House provided a readout from Vice President Pence's governors briefing on COVID-19 response and best practices.
  • 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.