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Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

04/03/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/03/2020 18:36

Coronavirus Response & Older Americans

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Congress enacted three coronavirus assistance packages to provide relief to families and businesses in March, 2020. The first two bills provided money for testing and treatment; vaccine development; paid sick leave and paid Family and Medical leave for workers; increased Medicaid funding to help states provide care; and increased funding for nutrition programs for low-income people. The third bill is the largest in spending and addresses the financial impact of the outbreak by providing money to families, states, hospitals, health care personnel and first responders, and nursing homes as they fight the pandemic.

Assistance for Older Americans

  • Coverage for Coronavirus Testing and Treatment
  • Out-of-Network Care and Drug Coverage
  • Observation Status
  • Telemedicine
  • Individual payments
  • Increased Protection for Nursing Home Residents
  • Expanded Unemployment Benefits
  • More Supplies and Equipment to Medical
    Workers and Hospitals
  • Housing Assistance
  • Help With Heating and Cooling Bills
  • Nutrition Assistance