Fourth Stimulus Package Under Construction

The Senate is working on its newest relief package, CARES 2.0 Act. The $1 trillion bill including $25 billion for provider relief funding, $7.6 billion for Community Health Centers, a second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans, tax deductions for employer purchases of testing, PPE and other supplies, and a provision that telemedicine reimbursement policies are extended through the end of 2021. The bill also allows state/local governments to use CARES Act money to make up lost revenues. A draft summary of the Senate proposal can be found here. NACHC and PACHC sent letters to the two PA Senators asking for $7.6 billion for FQHCs for COVID-19 and $41.9 billion over five years for long-term stable funding for the health center program.