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
  • White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) over the inability to come to an agreement on further COVID-related aid. Meadows indicated he is not optimistic the parties will be able to reach a deal before September.
  • Speaker Pelosi's office released talking points about the House passing the Delivering for America Act, which would provide $25 billion in funding for the United States Postal Service, and urged Republicans to end the stalemate and work in a bipartisan manner on COVID-19 negotiations.
  • The Blue Dog Caucus sent a letter to Democratic and Republican leaders urging the parties to restart COVID-relief package negotiations.
  • Senate Small Business Committee Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) called for additional federal support for small businesses during a virtual town hall.
  • Representatives Scott Peters (D-CA), Lucy McBath (D-GA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced the Health STATISTICS Act of 2020, legislation that would standardize public health data collection and make it easier for federal agencies and states to share information in an effort to improve their response to the pandemic and other public health emergencies.
  • House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) issued a statement in response to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s announcement of a foreclosure and eviction moratorium extension.
Administration 
  • Chief of Staff Mark Meadows announced the White House is considering further executive actions in lieu of coronavirus relief legislation. Referencing the recent airline layoffs, Meadows stated the Administration hopes to "help out the airlines and keep some of those employees from being furloughed."
  • The White House released a fact sheet, "President Donald J. Trump Is Taking Strong Action to Further Protect Nursing Homes from the Coronavirus."
  • On Monday, the CDC revised its COVID testing guidance, recommending testing only for symptomatic individuals.
  • CMS implemented a national nursing home training program designed to equip frontline nursing home staff and nursing home management with the knowledge they need to stop the spread of COVID-19 in their nursing homes.
  • CMS released a Medicaid Informational Bulletin that provides guidance to states on flexibilities that are available to increase reimbursement for nursing facilities that implement specific infection-control practices, such as designating a quarantine or isolation wing for COVID-19 patients.
  • CMS released FAQs to Medicare providers regarding the HHS Provider Relief Fund and the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program payments.
  • The SBA released additional details about loans approved under the Paycheck Protection Program, including an update of previously released data.  
  • The federal bank regulatory agencies finalized three rules, including one that temporarily modifies the community bank leverage ratio in accordance to the CARES Act.
States
  • Track where all 50 states stand on reopening here.
  • The CDC 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.