COVID-19 Information, Resources, and Opportunities

Updated June 11, 2020

Legislation / Congress

On March 6, 2020 the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (P.L. 116-123) was signed into law. This provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

On March 18, 2020 the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (P.L. 116-127) was signed in to law. This increases Medicaid funding through a 6.2% FMAP (Federal Medical Assistance Percentage) increase, provides free COVID-19 testing, provides for some emergency paid sick and family leave, expands food assistance, and expands unemployment benefits.  

On March 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. The CARES Act is a $2 trillion package that includes direct “recovery rebates” to individuals, expanded unemployment benefits, funding for businesses, and funding for a range of programs like housing and transportation, among other things. Read a brief summary of the disability-related provisions that were included and left out of the CARES Act.

On April 24, 2020 the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act was signed into law. This is an interim bill (known as “Package 3.5”) that provided additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), COVID-19 testing, and other provisions from the CARES Act. 

Get Involved

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies is hosting daily COVID-19 Disability Rights Workgroup Calls. They are held at 6:00 p.m. Eastern every day except Thursday. On Thursdays, they are held at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. You can find out more, get the call-in information, or be added to the email distribution list by emailing dart@disasterstrategies.org.

NCIL’s Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee meets monthly via teleconference and has been communicating regularly about COVID-19 as well. If you are interested in joining the subcommittee, contact Subcommittee Chair Todd Holloway at toddh@cfisouth.org.

Resources

Ability Center of Greater Toledo

Administration for Community Living (ACL)

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Department of Labor (DOL)

Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Social Security Administration

World Health Organization (WHO)

Plain Language

Spanish Plain Language

More Languages

Transitioning to Sheltering in Place

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