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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201passed the U.S. House of Representatives last night, an important step in the country’s response to the outbreak. We commend the lawmakers and the Administration for their dedication to addressing COVID-19 and leadership in ensuring that communities have access to critical resources during this trying time, including many that will help support those facing serious illness and their families. A summary can be found HERE.

In addition to providing free coronavirus testing, the legislation would ensure paid emergency leave, including 14 days of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave. This would give family caregivers the opportunity to look after loved ones with serious illness who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and complications stemming from the virus.

The bill would also strengthen food security initiatives for those affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency, including the Senior Nutrition Program. The legislation allocates $250 million to allow the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to provide roughly 25 million additional home-delivered meals to low-income seniors, including those with multiple chronic illnesses, as well as caregivers tending to home-bound seniors.

Having passed in the House, the legislation will be sent to the Senate where it is expected to come for a vote next week. C-TAC urges swift passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and applauds lawmakers for their bipartisan cooperation and dedication to support people with serious illness and those who matter most to them.

To learn more about C-TAC’s legislative and regulatory efforts, please contact Policy & Advocacy Manager Davis Baird at DBaird@theCTAC.org.

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