May 22, 2020
House Democrats Push for a Fourth $3 Trillion COVID Relief Package
Last week, House Democrats advanced the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800), the most divisive bill yet due to the many partisan provisions included and its high price tag of $3 trillion. This bill still has many checkpoints to reach before it becomes law; we anticipate many changes between now and the final version. Key provisions for health care providers currently include additional funding and relaxed repayment terms in CMS’ Accelerated and Advanced Payment Program. The bill also includes more controversial items such as: almost $1 trillion for state, local and tribal governments; direct payments of up to $6,000 per family; and increased funding for nutrition programs, housing support and student loan forgiveness. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has indicated that the intent of this bill was to set the stage for negotiations on a bipartisan final version; Sen. McConnell (R-KY) has said that he will not consider the HEROES Act.
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