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On the Hill: New COVID-19 Aid Law, House Remote Work Task Force

After a weeks-long stalemate, the House and Senate passed legislation to provide an additional $484 billion in relief for small businesses and health care entities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The president signed the bill April 24.

The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 266) includes $75 billion for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund for providers, in addition to the $100 billion included for the fund in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

In an April 26 analysis, the association summarized key legislative provisions relevant to essential hospitals.

House Task Force to Explore Remote Work, Return to Capitol

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) formed a bipartisan task force to examine how to adapt legislative business and voting procedures to social distancing practices.

House Democratic leadership last week intended to move forward with a rule change allowing lawmakers to vote by proxy. This unprecedented approach would enable remote voting by allowing members not physically present to designate a colleague to vote on their behalf. However, Republicans largely opposed the plan and preferred to focus instead on how the chamber can return to regular order.

The task force includes majority and minority House leaders, as well as bipartisan leaders of the House Committee on Rules and the Committee on House Administration.

Both chambers are scheduled to return to Washington May 4.

Webinars: Resuming Hospital Procedures, State Medicaid Flexibility

The association will host an April 28 webinar at 2 pm ET examining new federal guidance on a phased-in path to resume certain surgeries and procedures canceled because of COVID-19. 

An April 29 webinar at 2 pm ET will feature a moderated panel discussion with former state Medicaid directors on how state Medicaid programs respond to COVID-19 and other public health emergencies.

Both webinars are open to association members.

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Nikki Hurt is a manager of legislative affairs at America's Essential Hospitals.

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