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
  • The Senate held a procedural vote on Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) targeted coronavirus relief package and the nearly $500 billion stimulus bill failed to advance by a vote of 52-47, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) joining Democratic lawmakers in voting against it.
  • Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) urged McConnell to pass the House’s HEROES Act.
  • Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Abiding by U.S. Commitments Act, which would ensure the United States fulfills its commitments to the World Health Organization by providing $118.9M and strengthen global efforts to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.
  • Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the COVID Enrollment Response (COVER) Act, which would invest in outreach and enrollment assistance to help more Americans find quality, affordable health insurance.
  • Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL) introduced the Coronavirus Testing Capacity Expansion Act, legislation to increase and expand the United States' ability to test for the coronavirus by bringing non- traditional labs, such as veterinarian and university labs, into the fight, making them eligible to conduct testing and incentivizing their participation.
  • House Small Business Committee Republicans released a statement on the unique challenges small businesses in rural communities face during the pandemic.
Administration 
  • Less than a month after President Trump's executive order to extend $400 in enhanced unemployment benefits, states are being informed by FEMA that funding is running out.
  • During a press conference, President Trump stated the U.S. is "rounding the final turn [on the pandemic] and we're going to have vaccines very soon..."
  • The Administration's decision to require the deferral of payroll taxes for federal workers and military members marks the first major employer to announce its participation in the deferral program.
  • HHS announced the details of a $2 billion Provider Relief Fund performance-based incentive payment distribution to nursing homes. This distribution is the latest update in the previously announced $5 billion in planned support to nursing homes grappling with the impact of COVID-19.
  • HHS released the Rural Action Plan, the first HHS-wide assessment of rural healthcare efforts in more than 18 years and a product of HHS’s Rural Task Force.
  • Treasury and the IRS issued guidance deferring certain payroll tax obligations.
States
  • The Department of Labor announced $100 million in funding to support state efforts to combat fraud and recover improper payments in the Unemployment Insurance program, including those programs created under the CARES Act.
  • 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.