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House Passes Emergency Supplemental to Combat Coronavirus

March 05, 2020

The House has passed HR 6074, The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, by a vote of 415 to 2.

The measure contains approximately $8 billion in emergency spending and waives certain restrictions on Medicare telehealth programs to allow patients to receive remote care.

Because the funds are designated for emergency requirements, they are not subjected to budget caps or trigger the “pay-as-you-go” requirements that most legislation is subject to follow.

Department of Health and Human Services

 

$6,497,000,000

Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund

To develop and purchase vaccines and medical supplies and an additional $300m in contingency funds to buy additional vaccines if necessary.  Initial funding includes $100 million for community health centers.

$3,400,000,000

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

$950 million for state and local preparedness grants, $300 million for global disease detection and response and $300 million for the Infectious Diseases Rapid Response Reserve Fund

$2,200,000,000

National Institutes of Health

Majority of funds would go to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  Additional $10million for worker-based training to reduce exposure to health workers.  

$836,000,000

Food and Drug Administration

Response efforts including development of medical products

$61,000,000

State Department and US Agency for International Development

$1,250,000,000

Global Health Programs (including Emergency Reserve Fund)

$435,000,000

Humanitarian and Health Assistance

$300,000,000

Dept of State’s diplomatic operations, evacuation costs and emergency preparedness

$264,000,000

Economic Support Fund

$250,000,000

Small Business Administration

Funding for administrative expenses to provide approx $7 billion in low-interest disaster loans to small businesses.

$20,000,000

The Senate is expected to take up and pass the measure this week, clearing the way for the President’s signature.

For additional information on the package, see attached the summary provided by the House Appropriations Committee.

We will continue to monitor this closely and provide updates on further developments.