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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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  • 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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  • NASDDDS and ADvancing States Release Joint Letter To Congressional Leadership

    Topics: Budget and Spending, Federal News,

    NASDDDS and ADvancing States released a joint letter to federal lawmakers requesting further support for state governments in the upcoming legislation regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The letter addressed four primary issues needing to be addressed immediately by lawmakers in order to maintain the ongoing sustainability of the long-term services and supports delivery system. Also included are two recommendations for issues that should be addressed in order to support state agencies once the pandemic begins to subside.

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