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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on March 26, 2020.

We recommend that you monitor this site, as well as the sites referenced in these resources, for updates and changes as we expect the situation and solutions to change over the coming weeks and months. For information on specific programs, we encourage you to visit the websites of the organizations or government entities that are responsible for the relief.

COVID-19 – Assistance Available from the Federal Government:

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  • Food and Nutrition Service Provision of Additional Funding for Nutrition Programs such as WIC and TEFAP
    This section of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”) makes appropriations to the Department of Agriculture to fund food and nutrition assistance programs to be administered by state and federal agencies, and provides authorization to the Secretary of Agriculture to take certain steps to provide nutrition assistance during a public health emergency.

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  • Defense Health Program Limitations on Costs of COVID-19 Medical Care for Veterans
    This program appropriates $82 million in additional funding to the Department of Defense to cover the costs of COVID-19 diagnostic tests and related services for beneficiaries of military TRICARE health plans, as described in Division F, Section 6006(a) of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”).

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  • Indian Health Services Funding for COVID-19 Testing
    This program provides funding to the Indian Health Service to cover the cost of COVID-19 testing. Specifically, the program appropriates $64 million in new funding to the Indian Health Service to be used to cover the costs of COVID-19 diagnostic tests, the costs of administering such tests, and the costs of health care services related to determining the need for such tests.

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  • Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund for COVID-19 Testing for Uninsured Individuals
    This section appropriates an additional $1 billion for a “Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund” for the Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) to pay claims submitted by providers for reimbursement for the cost of COVID-19 related items and services or visits provided to uninsured individuals.

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  • Maintaining Essential Access to Lunch for Students (MEALS) Act, Providing Student Meals During School Closures
    The Maintaining Essential Access to Lunch for Students Act (“MEALS”) Act seeks to ensure students have access to school meal benefits while schools are closed because of COVID-19. Enacted as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the MEALS Act enables the Secretary of Agriculture to waive eligibility conditions that states are typically required to meet in order to receive financial support for federal nutrition programs, so that schools may continue to provide meals to students while closed due to COVID-19.

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  • Child Nutrition Response Act, Relaxing Certain Requirements for WIC Benefits
    The COVID-19 Child Nutrition Response Act (the “CNRA”) enables the Secretary of Agriculture to waive conditions that states, schools, and individuals must meet to be eligible for financial support for federal nutrition programs.

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  • SNAP Waivers, Relaxing Certain Requirements for SNAP Benefits
    This section of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act makes it easier to obtain nutritional assistance. The Act lifts certain requirements for low-income, unemployed individuals to be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”) benefits and provides emergency assistance to households participating in SNAP during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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  • Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, Providing Employees With COVID 19-Related Family Leave
    The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid, job-protected leave for up to twelve weeks in connection with qualified family caregiving needs. The intended beneficiaries of the Act are individuals who meet the requisite eligibility requirements (described below) and who work for, and have been employed for at least 30 calendar days by: (1) private employers with fewer than 500 employees, or (2) government employers.

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  • Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, Providing Employees With COVID 19-Related Sick Leave
    This Act requires government employers and employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide their employees with paid sick leave if those employees are unable to work due to COVID-19. Full paid leave is available to employees who cannot work due to being diagnosed with or experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19. Paid leave at a 2/3 rate is available to employees who cannot work due to the need to care for other individuals or their children.

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  • No-Cost COVID-19 Testing for Individuals with Insurance Coverage
    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”) provides for no-cost COVID-19 diagnostic testing for participants in private health insurance plans and beneficiaries of federal health insurance programs, along with expanded Medicaid benefits.

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  • Payroll Tax Credit for Required Paid Sick Leave Taken by Employees
    This provision provides a tax credit to eligible employers for wages required to be paid under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (Division E of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act) (the “EPSLA”).

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  • Tax Credit for Sick Leave Taken by Certain Self-Employed Individuals
    This section of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”) provides a refundable income tax credit to self-employed individuals who would otherwise be entitled to paid sick leave under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (Division E of the FFCRA) (the “EPSLA”) if they were employed by an eligible third-party. This credit is set at a level equal to the self-employed individual’s “qualified sick leave equivalent amount.”

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  • Payroll Tax Credit for Required Family Leave Taken by Employees
    This section of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”) provides a tax credit to eligible employers for wages required to be paid under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (Division C of the FFCRA) (the “EFMLA”).

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  • Tax Credit for Family Leave Taken by Certain Self-Employed Individuals
    This section of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”) creates a refundable income tax credit for self-employed individuals who would otherwise be entitled to paid sick leave under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (Division C of the FFCRA) (“EFMLA”) if they were employed by an eligible third-party. This credit is set at a level equal to the self-employed individual’s “qualified family leave equivalent amount.”

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  • Special Rule Related to Tax on Employers, Exempting Wages Paid for Emergency Sick Leave or Family Leave from Employer-side FICA Taxes
    This section of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”) exempts employers from employer-side Federal Insurance Contributions Act (“FICA”) (or employer-side taxes under the parallel social security system for railroads (“RRTA”)) taxes on wages paid under the sick leave and family leave provisions of the FFCRA. Specifically, employers do not pay any employer-side on the wages they pay to employees under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (Division E of the FFCRA) (the “EPSLA”) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (Division C of the FFCRA) (the “EFMLA”).

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  • Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans
    Economic Injury Disaster Loans (“EIDLs”) provide working capital to help small business concerns, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture companies, and most private non-profit organizations (of all sizes) meet ordinary and necessary financial obligations that they might not otherwise be able to meet as a result of a disaster. Small businesses and non-profit organizations in all states and territories are now eligible to apply for EIDLs through the United States Small Business Administration (“SBA”) to alleviate economic injury caused by the COVID-19 disaster.

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