H.R. 6074, Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act
Enacted: March 6th, 2020

$8 billion emergency legislation provided immediate funding for public health agencies to support research and development of a vaccine, purchase medical supplies, and prevent surge capacity. It also eased restrictions on telehealth services, so more people would have access to care. 

The details:

  • $2.2 billion in public health funding for prevention, preparedness, and response, including $950 million to support state and local health agencies
  • $3 billion+ for research and development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics
  • $300 million+ to ensure access to affordable vaccines
  • $1 billion for medical supplies, health care preparedness, and medical surge capacity
H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Enacted: March 18th

The 2nd coronavirus relief package ensures all COVID-19 testing is free, created paid leave protections for workers, funded unemployment insurance, invests in food assistance programs, and increased funding for medicaid. 

The details:

  • Ensures COVID-19 testing for everyone is free
  • Requires small and medium-sized companies, as well as government employers, to offer paid sick and family leave, and reimburses businesses who do so
  • Invests in food assistance programs for seniors and children, ensures states are able to feed children even while school is out of session
  • Increases Medicaid funding so states can continue to deliver quality health care
  • Provides a billion dollars for state Unemployment Insurance Agencies to process new claims
H.R. 748: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (The Cares Act)
Enacted: March 27th
The Cares Act is a $2 trillion dollar investment to provide for struggling families and businesses. The Cares Act established the Paycheck Protection Program, provides direct cash payments to those making under $75,000 a year, and expanded unemployment benefits by $600 a week. 

The details:

  • Provides direct cash payments. Please contact the IRS at 800-919-9835 if you are having troubling with your stimulus check. 
  • Expands unemployment benefits to cover all workers, including the self-employed, gig-workers, and those who have reduced hours. Extended unemployment benefits by 13 weeks and increased weekly benefits by $600 per week for 4 months
  • Establishes and funds the Paycheck Protection Program to support small businesses affected by coronavirus. Contact my office at (805) 730-1710 if you need assistance applying for PPP or EIDL loans. 
  • Creates a new tax credit for businesses to keep workers on payroll
  • Establishes a $100 billion fund for hospitals and health care providers -- including $77 million in funding for Central Coast health care providers.
  • Invests in education by allocating $14.25 billion for universities to invest in technology, provide student loan assistance, and invests $13.5 billion in K-12 education
  • Provides critical resources for our first responders and the CT National Guard. 
H.R. 266: Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act
Enacted:April 24th
  • Establishes a $484 billion relief fund to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program and provides funding for public health services, including testing and hospital funding. 

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