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Maryland Joint Workgroup for COVID-19

Jim Notter - Office of Congress

Congress has passed 3 bills in response to this crisis

1st Bill:

  • $8.3 billion in funding to support state and local health agencies, invest in public health research, vaccine and treatment development and provide loans for affected small businesses
  • State of Maryland received $10 million from the CDC

2nd Bill:

  • Provided paid leave, free testing for COVID-19 and additional support for families and children

3rd Bill:

  • $2 trillion dollars to ease economic burden due to crisis
  • Direct Payment to go out within the next 3 weeks: $1200 to any individual making $75k or less and married couples making $150k or less. Payment is increased by $500 per child.
  • $600 increase in Unemployment Insurance Benefits and an additional 13 weeks of federally funded Unemployment Insurance
  • Personal Protective Equipment: $16 billion provided for strategic national stockpile
  • $1.5 billion for CDC to send to states
  • $1 billion for Defense Production Act to invest in manufacturing production of PPE
  • $250 million for hospital preparedness program
  • $100 billion to reimburse hospitals and other providers for healthcare related expenses or lost revenue attributed to COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide $150 billion to states, the funding will be divided based on population with each state being guaranteed $1.25 billion, 45% of states total allotment from the fund is reserved for localities of 500k people or more. Allotments will be made within the next 30 days
      • Maryland is estimated to receive $2.3 billion
  • Education: This bill provides $13.5 billion for distribution
      • 90% of funding is for local schools to put towards the purchase of educational technology to support online learning and planning for long term closures
  • $3 billion to Governor’s to support local school districts with ongoing operations
  • $14.25 billion to higher education for emergency relief
  • $10 billion for airports
  • $25 billion for public transportation operators
      • Maryland estimated to receive $695 million
  • $5 billion for community development
  • $850 million for local law enforcement to assist with overtime expenses, purchase of PPE and other medical items
  • $350 billion for small businesses and non-profits to assist in paying expenses
  • $10 billion for emergency grants for up to $10k to provide immediate relief for small businesses
  • $17 billion to cover 6 months of payments for small businesses for existing loans, will be given on a first come first serve basis
  • Homeowners with FHA, Department of Agriculture, VA or other federally backed mortgages, including Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, may request forbearance on payments for up to 12 months with no fees, penalties or extra interest
  • 60 day moratorium on foreclosures and evictions of homeowners with FHA, USDA, VA or mortgages backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac
  • 90 day moratorium on evictions – owners of multi-family rental properties with federally backed loans will be eligible to receive forbearance on these loans for 90 days, they may not evict or charge late fees to tenants for non-payment of rent
  • Owners of federally subsidized properties may not evict or charge late fees to tenants for non-payment of rent for 120 days
  • $400 million for election assistance for states to prepare for the 2020 election

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