Coronavirus Bulletin

Trump Administration Continues to Expand Telehealth Services for Medicare Beneficiaries

October 15, 2020 — Blog

Key Takeaway: In response to President Trump’s Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access, CMS announced yesterday an additional set of telehealth services that Medicare will pay for during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), as well as additional support for Medicaid and the Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP). As the Trump Administration ...

Further Relief for Providers on the Way

October 14, 2020 — Blog

Key points: Congress has set aside over $175 billion to directly help health care providers and hospitals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of October 5, more than $105 billion has been distributed to over 530,000 providers. This funding has served as a lifeline to ensure continued access to health care in our communities. ...

New Data: State Tax Revenue High, While State Govs Have Only Spent 24% of COVID Relief

September 04, 2020 — Blog

Democrats continue to hold up additional coronavirus relief, while demanding a $1 trillion bailout for state and local governments that claim they have lost massive revenue. This is simple fear mongering and not based on actual data. Aid should be targeted to relieve damage actually caused by the coronavirus pandemic, rather than bail out poorly run state and local governments.

Reed: Social Security Scare Tactics Are Inaccurate & Weaken The Program

September 03, 2020 — Blog

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) is the Republican Leader of the Subcommittee on Social Security. Member guest posts appear occasionally.  Social Security is vital for our seniors, individuals with disabilities, and working families. Ways and Means Republicans have been consistent in protecting Social Security ...

How It Works: President Trump’s Payroll Tax Deferral Executive Order

September 03, 2020 — Blog

On August 8, President Trump signed an Executive Order, Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster, which deferred the employee portion of Social Security payroll taxes for certain individuals. On August 28, Treasury Department released guidance providing additional detail for the implementation of this Executive Order. A pdf of this ...

Trump Admin Bolsters Care for Seniors in Assisted Living Facilities, 9/13 Deadline

September 03, 2020 — Blog

Topline: The Trump Administration took another step to help patients and providers, this time expanding the Provider Relief Fund to assisted living facilities. This action supports frontline providers and helps to protect the nearly 1 million vulnerable older Americans in their care. Key Details: Assisted living facilities (ALF) may now apply for ...

POTUS Set to Deliver More Funding to Children’s Hospitals

August 17, 2020 — Blog

Key Points: - $1.4 billion is about to be delivered to over 80 children’s hospitals across the country as we continue to fight the novel coronavirus. - These funds, allocated from the President and Congress as part of the bipartisan CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, will help these critical hospitals serve our country’s most ...

IMPORTANT UPDATE: HHS Accepting Additional Applications for Fund Distributions for Medicare Providers 

August 17, 2020 — Blog

Certain Medicare providers can now apply to receive Provider Relief Fund payments from the Department of Health and Human Services. Who Can Apply: These funds are for Medicare providers how may have missed the previous June 3, 2020 deadline to apply from the Phase 1 General Distribution. These may include, according to HHS: “Providers who were ineligible for the ...