Food and Nutrition Services Safety Net Programs
FY2020 supplemental appropriations to the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for nutrition and food assistance programs, including:
- The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, infants, and Children (WIC);
- The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP); and
- Nutrition assistance grants for U.S. territories.
- Additional funding to HHS for nutrition programs to assist the elderly.
- Allows the USDA to approve state plans to provide emergency SNAP assistance to households with children who would otherwise receive free or reduced-price meals if not for their schools being closed due to the COVID-19 emergency.
- The Secretary of Agriculture will have the authority to issue nationwide school meal waivers during the COVID-19 emergency, which will eliminate paperwork for states and help more schools quickly adopt and utilize flexibilities.
Healthcare Employee Safety
- Requires the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issues an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) within 30 days, requiring employers within the health care area or any other designated "high-risk" sector to develop and implement a comprehensive infectious disease exposure control plan.
Paid Leave Program
- Directs the Department of Labor to establish a federal emergency paid leave benefits program to provide payments to employees taking unpaid leave due to the coronavirus outbreak and expands unemployment benefits and provide grants to states for processing and paying claims and requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.
Covid-19 Testing Requirements
- The Act establishes requirements for providing coronavirus diagnostic testing at no cost to all consumers.
- This includes American Indians, Medicare and Medicaid recipients, CHIP recipients, veterans and federal workers.
Telehealth Service Clarification
- The Act makes a technical change to the Medicare telehealth provision of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116-123) to ensure new Medicare beneficiaries are able to access telehealth services under the emergency authority granted to CMS.
For up-to-date information, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.