Coronavirus Bulletin

Explainer: Extending and Phasing Out COVID Unemployment Support Responsibly

December 21, 2020 — Blog

House Republicans have ensured meaningful reforms and program integrity requirements will accompany a temporary extension of unemployment programs created by the CARES Act that expire Dec. 31, 2020. Unemployed individuals get an additional $300/week from Dec. 26, 2020 to March 14, 2021. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): Extends and phases out PUA, a ...

COVID Tax Relief

December 21, 2020 — Blog

Our legislation provides important assistance to individuals, businesses, and students through the tax code. A more technical description of each provision is provided in the section by section. Another round of cash assistance for workers and families. Expanding on financial relief provided in the CARES Act, individuals with valid SSNs with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 ...

Reforming the Tax Extender Process

December 21, 2020 — Blog

Led by House Republicans, this package creates pro-growth certainty by reforming the one-year expiring temporary tax extenders for the first time since 2015. It also makes permanent strongly supported tax incentives, including from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, extends other traditional tax items for 5 years rather than year-to-year, and eliminates outdated provisions. We hope to include an ...

ICYMI: Sec. Azar: Why Operation Warp Speed is a Made-in-America story

October 23, 2020 — Blog

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar laid out in an op-ed for Fox Business how Operation Warp Speed (OWS) is utilizing the public and private sectors to deliver a vaccine to COVID-19 at record pace. Key Points:  "It is now highly credible that OWS will have produced up to 100 million doses of safe and effective

Building on Ways and Means GOP Efforts, HHS Works to Improve Maternal Health

October 22, 2020 — Blog

Key Points:  -The U.S. Surgeon General issued a challenge to providers to help fight our nation’s rising maternal mortality rate. -Providers should work to “address care for women with hypertension who are pregnant and/or postpartum” and “breastfeeding initiation and continuation disparities among breastfeeding mothers.” -The Administration also announced a new ...

Medicare Open Enrollment is Happening Now!

October 16, 2020 — Blog

Key points: 2021 Medicare Open Enrollment is officially open and will run through December 7, 2020. People with Medicare can review health and drug plans and make changes to their healthcare coverage for next year based on their financial and medical needs. People who want to keep their current Medicare coverage do not need to ...

Trump Administration: Paying for Results To Get Faster COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

October 16, 2020 — Blog

Key Takeaway: Building on actions to bolster laboratory testing for COVID-19, the Trump Administration is making changes to Medicare payments made to laboratories in order to incentivize faster and more efficient diagnostic test results. Yesterday, CMS announced that, starting January 1, 2021, Medicare will pay $100 only to laboratories that are able to process high throughput ...

Unemployed Workers, Abandoned by House Democrats, Continue to Receive Relief Through Trump Administration

October 15, 2020 — Blog

More than 25 million Americans who lost their job due to COVID-19 shut downs continue to receive unemployment benefits. Yet, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats continue to stall additional targeted COVID-relief, including for unemployed workers. In August, President Trump stepped-in to fill the void caused by Democrats’ inaction by using executive authority to create the