Update: January 15, 2021
Last night, the incoming Biden-Harris administration released the first part of its proposed COVID-19 relief plan. It includes many important priorities, including full federal Medicaid funding for administration of vaccines and additional housing and nutrition funding.
It does not at this stage appear to include additional dedicated funding for home and community-based services (HCBS). HCBS funding is urgently needed to help disabled people and older adults live safely in their homes rather than being forced into nursing homes and other congregate settings where COVID-19 is rampant.
You can find the latest on COVID-19 legislation and proposed legislation below and more on advocacy efforts can be found here.
Congress has so far passed three relief packages and one interim package in response to the COVID-19 outbreak:
- The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 6074)
- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)
- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748)
- The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 266)- an interim bill with additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, coronavirus testing, and other priorities from the CARES Act
Below are details on proposals for a fourth relief package, previously passed legislation in response to COVID-19, and additional proposed legislation, along with related resources.