Friends,

As we continue to respond to the coronavirus threat, I want to make sure you have all the latest information about the public health and economic aspects of this challenge. The newsletter will include the latest developments concerning what we are doing in Congress and with the Trump Administration to defeat coronavirus and restore our economy.

You can also visit cheney.house.gov/coronavirus for daily updates on resources and guidelines from the White House COVID-19 Task Force that will help to slow the spread of this virus and keep you and your family healthy.

If you have any specific questions or need assistance as it pertains to the coronavirus response effort,  please contact Ryan Hofmann with my office at ryan.hofmann@mail.house.gov.

Here’s The Latest

At a briefing today with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, President Trump announced that he was invoking the Defense Production Act, which will marshal the private sector to help assist in response to the virus. The invocation of this law will also expand the production of masks and protective gear to prevent the spread of the virus. The President also announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development would be suspending evictions and foreclosures.

Vice President Pence announced that the Department of Health and Human Services would be issuing a regulation allowing doctors and medical professionals to practice across state lines to meet the needs of hospitals that may arise in adjoining areas, and again asked all hospitals across the country to postpone elective surgeries to ensure that medical supplies and medical capacity go where they’re needed most.

Wyoming Counties Eligible For SBA Loans

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has designated the following Wyoming counties as “economic disaster” regions eligible for small business disaster loan assistance:

  • Park County
  • Sweetwater County 
  • Teton County
  • Unita County

If you are a small business owner in one of these counties and have been negatively impacted by coronavirus, the SBA’s Federal Disaster Loan program can provide you with loans to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue you might be experiencing.

To apply for a SBA Federal Disaster Loan, click on the following link: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Login

SBA has provided the following information with more details about the Federal Disaster Loan program:

In addition to this announcement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled a plan yesterday to deliver nearly one million meals a week to students in a limited number of rural schools closed due to COVID-19. 

Outside of this, there is important information for small businesses to know following legislation passed by the House in recent weeks. Those details, along with key resources for them, are highlighted in the below document:

Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced that telehealth coverage would be expanded for Medicare beneficiaries that will enable them to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility.

This expansion allows Medicare patients to be evaluated, receive preventative health screenings, and other services without leaving home. Through telehealth, patients can access their doctors over the telephone or through video programs like Skype.

Telehealth services offer flexibility to Medicare recipients and provide an easy way for at-risk patients to receive services while avoiding exposure. Expanding telehealth will also relieve stress on healthcare providers, allowing them to offer services remotely so that emergency rooms and doctor’s offices are available for urgent cases.

Click here to read a FAQ document from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that provides clarity about how the expansion of this program to Medicare beneficiaries will help combat the spread of COVID-19. 

Telehealth Coverage Expanded For Medicare Beneficiaries

Going forward, Congress is working to pass additional legislation that will continue to support small businesses and give money directly to the American people. Please follow this email and the Coronavirus page on my website for updates on those proposals.

Congresswoman Liz Cheney