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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act—Key Points Impacting Seniors and Senior Services Providers

Tiffany Karlin

March 26, 2020

S. 3548 The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
Title-By-Title Summary Prepared By The Office Of Vice Chairman Leahy (D-Vt.)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program –$15.5 billion in additional funding for SNAP to ensure all Americans, including seniors and children receive the food they need.

Rural Development –$25 million to support the Distance Learning and Telemedicine program.  $100 million is provided to the ReConnect program to help ensure rural Americans have access to broadband, the need for which is increasingly apparent as millions of Americans work from home across the country.  The bill also includes $20.5 million to support$1 billion in Business and Industry loans.

Small Business Administration (SBA) –$562 million to ensure that SBA has the resources to provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to businesses that need financial support during this difficult time.  This small business package also includes $10 billion in direct grants for businesses that do not qualify for the EIDL program, and $17 billion to have SBA step in and make six months of principle and interest payments for all SBA backed business loans. 

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) –$250 million in additional funding to the IRS to administer the new tax credits for paid leave. 

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response – $127 billion for medical response efforts, including, $100 billion for a new program to provide grants to hospitals, public entities, not-for-profit entities, and Medicare and Medicaid enrolled suppliers and institutional providers to cover unreimbursed health care related expenses or lost revenues attributable to the public health emergency resulting from the coronavirus.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) –$275 million for HRSA, including $90 million for Ryan White HIV/AIDS programs and $185 to support rural critical access hospitals, rural tribal health and telehealth programs, and poison control centers.

Administration for Community Living (ACL) –$955 million for ACL to support nutrition programs, home and community-based services, support for family caregivers, and expand oversight and protections for seniors and individuals with disabilities.  

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) – $200 million for CMS to assist nursing homes with infection control and support states’ efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus in nursing homes.

Vulnerable Veterans –$590 million for VA to devote to supporting veterans at an increased risk of contracting coronavirus.  It includes funding for the Health Care for Homeless Veterans program, the Supportive Services for Veterans Families program, and the Grant and Per Diem program.

Facilities and IT Support for Telemedicine – $3.1 billion for VA to purchase, staff, and equip temporary sites of care and mobile treatment centers to deal with this pandemic.  It allows for remodeling to VA facilities and state-run veterans homes to address the needs of veterans being treated for coronavirus.  The bill includes funding for VA to expand the capacity on existing IT networks to address the demand in services and broadens VA’s tele-ICU and teleradiology capabilities.  It further enhances the capability for telehealth visits, allowing more veterans to receive care from home, and for providers at home to continue to treat patients through technology. 

Armed Forces Retirement Homes (AFRH) –$2.8 million to provide staff treating veterans living at the AFRH with the personal protective equipment they need. 

Rental Assistance Protections for Low-Income Americans – $3 billion is included for housing providers to help more than 4.5 million low-income households made up of more than 9.6 million individuals currently assisted by HUD to safely remain in their homes or access temporary housing assistance in response to economic and housing disruptions caused by COVID-19. 17.  $65 million for housing for the elderly and persons with disabilities for rental assistance, service coordinators, and support services for the more than 114,000 affordable households for the elderly and over 30,000 affordable households for low-income persons with disabilities.

To review other provisions from the CARES Act, click here.

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