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
  • House Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) called members back to DC Saturday for a vote and passage of U.S. Postal Service legislation. Funding for USPS has been a point of disagreement during pandemic-relief talks. Democratic leaders are pushing for the inclusion of additional USPS funding to ensure vote-by-mail capacity for the November election. President Trump remains strongly opposed to mail-in voting.
  • In response to the House USPS legislation, Senate Republicans unveiled a new, smaller coronavirus relief proposal that is a scaled-back version of the $1 trillion HEALS Act and includes $10 billion in funding for USPS, liability protections, an extension of the boosted unemployment benefits at a reduced level of $300 per week, $105 billion for schools, and a second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans, among other things.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that the House is extending remote voting until October 2 due to the pandemic.
  • Representatives David Trone (D-MD) and John Joyce (R-PA) introduced the bipartisan Strengthening Our Health Security through Resilient Medical Supply Chains Annual Review Act, which would require the Department of Homeland Security to produce an annual report detailing the United States’ dependence on critical devices, supplies and drugs sourced outside of the U.S. and provide recommendations to strengthen domestic medical supply chains.
  • Representatives David McKinley (R-WV) and David Trone (D-MD) introduced the U.S. MADE Act of 2020 to decrease our dependency on countries like China for critical personal protective equipment that healthcare workers and other frontline heroes rely on.
  • Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced the Addressing COVID-19 Health Disparities Act, which would direct the HHS secretary to conduct or support research related to the United States healthcare system's response to COVID-19.
Administration 
  • President Trump's executive order calling for FEMA to provide an additional $300 a week in unemployment benefits is starting to see participation by some states.
  • The White House issued a press release titled "The Trump Administration Strongly Supports Telehealth Innovation."
  • The Department of Labor issued a second Unemployment Insurance Program letter to assist states in the administration of the new Lost Wages Assistance program. The guidance answers questions related to eligible claimants, the state match, administrative costs, reporting requirements and the payment process.
  • CMS announced it will resume routine inspections of all Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers to improve the safety and quality of life of patients and residents.
  • The Federal Reserve Board and Federal Open Market Committee's end-of-July meeting showed support for additional fiscal aid to help the economy.
  • The IRS continues to look for ways to help people who were unable to provide their information in time to receive Economic Impact Payments for their children.
States
  • The House Budget Committee released a report titled “State and Local Governments Are in Dire Need of Federal Relief.”
  • 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.