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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Senate approved a multibillion-dollar emergency aid package on Wednesday, March 18th that will provide paid sick and family leave for many Americans while also offering free testing for the coronavirus and bolstering unemployment insurance. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which was endorsed by President Trump, passed the Senate with a bipartisan vote of 90 to 8.

The Act makes emergency supplemental appropriations and other changes to law to help the Nation respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

The bill also includes provisions that:

  • establish a federal emergency paid leave benefits program to provide payments to employees taking unpaid leave due to the coronavirus
  • expand unemployment benefits and provide grants to states for processing and paying claims,
    require employers to provide paid sick leave to
  • establish requirements for providing coronavirus diagnostic testing at no cost to consumers,
    treat personal respiratory protective devices as covered countermeasures that are eligible for certain liability protections, and
  • temporarily increase the Medicaid federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP).

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This post was first published March 24, 2020 and was updated July 29, 2020.