On Wednesday, Congress passed and the president signed into law, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201). This new law provides funding to combat the health and economic consequences of the coronavirus. Read the summary. Key provisions include:
Paid Sick & Family Leave
Nonprofits under 500 employees are eligible for paid sick leave for employees who are required to self-quarantine due to exposure, to obtain a medical diagnosis for COVID-19, or to seek treatment for COVID-19. Full-time employees are eligible for 80 hours sick leave and part-time workers eligible sick leave equivalent to their normal work hours in a two-week period. They would be paid their normal wage. This is paid for using a payroll tax credit to employers that reimburses them for wages paid while they take time off, up to $511 per day per employee. This applies to any wages in 2020, and the government vows to release credit early to get cash out soon.
Nonprofits under 500 employees are eligible for paid family leave if they need to take time off to care for children due to school/child care closures as a result of COVID-19. For wages up to two-thirds salary and up to 12 weeks leave. This applies to any wages in 2020. Employers would receive a payroll tax credit for up to two-thirds salary, and the government vows to release credit early to get cash out soon.
- $160 million for home delivered nutrition services
- $10 million for nutrition services for American Indians
- $500 million for WIC
- $400 million for TEFAP
- Waives SNAP work requirements temporarily, until emergency declaration is lifted
- States can make emergency declarations to request emergency allotments of food aid to support increased participation in SNAP
- SNAP Waivers. Allows USDA to approve state plans for emergency SNAP assistance to households with children who are losing free/reduced lunch because of school closures
- Meal Program Waivers. Allows USDA to waive requirements for school lunch, school breakfast, Child and Adult Food Care Program, summer food program, including the requirement that they eat in congregate settings
- School Lunch Waivers. USDA has granted many waivers to states to allow school systems to continue serving meals during closures. More waivers pending
- WIC Waivers. Allows states to request waivers for requirements that recipients certify employment in person
- States eligible for 6.2 percentage point increase in their federal medical assistance percentages (FMAP)
- States could cover tests for uninsured people through Medicaid programs and receive a 100% FMAP to cover costs
- Test Coverage. Insurers are required to cover coronavirus tests and related services
- $1 billion new National Disaster Medical System to reimburse provider costs associated with testing uninsured individuals.
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