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  • Congress Makes Changes to Paycheck Protection Program

    Topics: Budget and Spending, Federal News,

    President Trump has signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA), an attempt to address challenges around the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aimed at providing COVID-19 relief.

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  • Congressional Leaders Urge HHS to Distribute PHSSEF Funds to Medicaid Providers

    Topics: Budget and Spending, Federal News,

    Republican and Democratic leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives committees charged with overseeing Medicaid sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar expressing concern that “the delay in disbursing funds from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF) for Medicaid-dependent providers could result in long term financial hardship for providers who serve some of our most vulnerable populations.” In the letter, Senate Finance Committee leaders Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and House Energy and Commerce leaders Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Greg Walden (R-OR) expressed “serious concerns with the ongoing delay of funding” and asked for both a timeline and the parameters under which funds will be distributed to Medicaid providers.

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  • CCD Urges Extension of Dependent Tax Credits to Adult Dependents

    Topics: Federal News,

    The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and allies have issued a letter in support of the “All Dependent Children Count Act” and the “All Dependents Count Act,” efforts to provide dependent stimulus payments to adult dependents, many of whom are people with disabilities. The CARES Act provided economic impact payments to people to help them meet their financial obligations during the COVID-19 crisis and provided $500 dependent credits for qualifying children in recognition of the financial needs of families with dependents.

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  • NCD Advises Congress to Address HCBS in Fourth Coronavirus Package

    Topics: Budget and Spending, Federal News,

    The National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent, nonpartisan federal agency that provides advice to the President and Congress on disability policy issues, has issued a letter to Congressional leadership advising that “the next COVID-19 legislative package be inclusive of several critical home-and-community-based service (HCBS) system provisions that will save potentially tens of thousands of lives of people with disabilities and those who support them during the COVID-19 outbreak.”

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  • Democratic Senators Call for Disability Priorities in Fourth Coronavirus Response Package

    Topics: Budget and Spending, Federal News,

    United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), sent a letter urging House and Senate leadership to prioritize the needs of people with disabilities in the fourth coronavirus response package.

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