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
  • Senate Republicans unveiled the highly anticipated series of bills making up their $1 trillion coronavirus relief package, The Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act, but after days of negotiations, Congressional leaders and the Administration have failed to come to an agreement on the proposal. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows acknowledged yesterday, "We are nowhere close to a deal."
  • Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the Masks for All Act, which would use the Postal Service to distribute three free, reusable masks to every person in the country, including individuals who are experiencing homelessness or living in group settings such as prisons, shelters, college dorms and assisted living facilities.
  • Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a bill that would give adults and children direct payments of $1,000.
  • Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (D-AL) introduced legislation containing $306 billion in emergency appropriations to aid American families and businesses suffering from the pandemic.
  • Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced legislation that builds on the CARES Act.
  • Senate Small Business Committee Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Program Act, a federal relief package that builds on the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the Protecting American Heroes Act to help increase the U.S. stockpile of personal protective equipment and allow for a quick ramp up of American production of PPE in any future emergency.
  • Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced legislation calling for a study on rural healthcare delivery. The goal of the study is to learn what is working efficiently and what could be improved to boost health outcomes in rural communities, including which emergency COVID telehealth provisions should be made permanent.
  • Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced the COVID-19 Medical Debt Collection Relief Act, legislation to prevent healthcare providers from taking drastic steps to collect medical debts from patients, including seizing bank accounts and garnishing wages.
  • Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Todd Young (R-IN), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the Dr. Lorna Breen Healthcare Provider Protection Act, legislation that aims to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout and mental and behavioral health conditions among healthcare professionals amid the pandemic.
  • Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced the Telehealth Modernization Act, legislation that will help ensure Americans can continue to see their doctors from home by making permanent the most important temporary changes in federal telehealth policy.
  • The House passed two bills, the Child Care Is Essential Act and the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act, aimed at mitigating the financial burden of child care during the pandemic.
  • Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) introduced the Pandemic Community Reserve and Public Health Response Act to expand the capacity for state, local and tribal public health departments to combat COVID-19.
  • Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Patrick McHenry (R-NC) introduced the American PPE Supply Chain Integrity Act, legislation that would help end America’s over-reliance on PPE and medical supplies from China and other foreign nations.
  • Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Chris Stewart (R-UT) introduced a bill to provide temporary waivers for certain 340B program eligibility requirements due to the COVID-19 health emergency.
     
Administration 
States
  • The White House provided a readout from Vice President Pence's governors briefing on COVID-19 best practices and response.
  • 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