Monday, April 27, 2020
Congress and the administration are responding to the COVID-19 crisis in a variety of ways. It is important in the fast-moving decision process that the various relief and safety efforts meet the needs of people with disabilities. The latest congressional COVID-19 response addressed many of those needs, but more work is needed!
What it means for People with Disabilities
|Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act||Became Law on|
March 6, 2020
|The bill requires that agencies “pay back” money that was moved from programs like NIDILRR and emergency heat funding when the crisis began.|
|Families First Coronavirus|
|Became law on March 19, 2020||Free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured. Increased paid leave. Enhanced Unemployment Insurance to people unable to work. Increased funding for food security programs.|
|Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (or CARES Act)|
|Became law on March 27, 2020|
|Paycheck Protection Program and Heath Care Enhancement Act||Became law on April 24, 2020|
What happened last week:
- Congress passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act — or “Package 3.5” — to address assistance to small businesses and health systems. They continue to work on a larger Package 4 to meet the growing needs of Americans.