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April 15, 2020

Supplemental Security Income recipients will receive automatic COVID-19 economic impact payments  
SSI recipients with dependent children should still provide their information at IRS.gov. The U.S. Social Security Administration announced that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will receive automatic economic impact payments directly from the U.S. Treasury Department. The Treasury Department anticipates these automatic payments no later than early May.

April 13, 2020

Internal Revenue Service launches web tool for non-filers for stimulus payments 
The IRS launched a web tool for for people who don't file income taxes to be able to enter payment information to be able to receive the stimulus payments.

Federal funding opportunity: The COVID-19 Telehealth Program 
The Federal Communications Commission announced that its Wireline Competition Bureau is now accepting applications for $200 million in funding through the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. These funds, appropriated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to help health care providers provide connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the novel Coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

March 27, 2020

President signs Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act 
President Trump has signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. This legislation is the third stimulus package developed by Congress to combat COVID-19. Some congressional leaders have already signaled their intent to develop a fourth package in the foreseeable future.

March 20, 2020

DHS Commissioner letter to federal legislators 
Commissioner Jodi Harpstead writes to Minnesota's delegation to Congress to offer suggestions needed to help prevent the pandemic from disproportionately impacting the health and economic security of Minnesota's most vulnerable residents.

March 18, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law to provide emergency assistance related to COVID-19. The legislation includes several provisions to increase access to food assistance through SNAP and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) as well as expanded coverage for diagnostic testing and treatment.

March 13, 2020

National emergency declared March 13
President Trump declared a national emergency due to COVID-19. According to his remarks, the declaration will “open up access” to $50 billion additional dollars to help states prepare for and combat the pandemic. President Trump also announced that he will allow HHS to waive certain regulations and laws to expedite the delivery of testing and medical services.

Public charge determinations 
U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that testing, treatment, and preventive care related to COVID-19 will not be included in public charge determinations. USCIS issued the notice to “address the possibility that some aliens impacted by COVID-19 may be hesitant to seek necessary medical treatment or preventive services.” USCIS also plans to include vaccines (if one is developed) in its definition of “preventive care.”

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