Below please find the Murphy office update on COVID-19. As always, if you need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact our Hartford or Washington DC offices.
Here's what you need to know today, March 31st:
Today, Senator Murphyjoinedthe World Affairs Council of Connecticut for a virtual interactive discussion on federal Coronavirus response legislation, the ongoing worldwide health crisis, and U.S. foreign policy priorities during this uncertain time.
Over the past week, major health insurers, including Aetna/CVS Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Anthem, UnitedHealth Group, Cigna, and Humana updated their policies for covering medical care for COVID-19 treatment. Senator Murphyleda letter with 16 other Senate Democrats asking these insurers to assure their plan participants that COVID-related treatment would be covered. We cannot let cost be a barrier to seeking care.
Senator Murphy authored an op-ed inForeign Policyabout why the United States was virtually impotent from stopping COVID-19 from reaching our shores and what we need to do to make sure we are better prepared for the next pandemic.
Yesterday, Governor Ned Lamont announced details on the latest collaboration to assist in the state’s coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is appointing the CEOs of three of the largest hospital systems in Connecticut—Hartford HealthCare, Nuvance Health, and Yale New Haven Health—to serve as co-chairs of the Governor’s Health System Response Team. In coordination with the Connecticut Hospital Association and the state’s other hospitals, the health care leaders will advise the governor, the Department of Public Health and the rest of the state’s Emergency Support Functions in the Unified Command structure on the proper allocation and distribution of needed resources, supplies, and personnel, throughout the duration of the public health emergency.
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture has collaborated with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut to create a new searchable tool of farm stands and farmers markets that are open and serving the public:https://guide.ctnofa.org/
The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) has provided further guidance on business tax payment extensions during the COVID-19 outbreak. Taxpayers are strongly encouraged to visit theDRS websitefor answers to many questions. You may also email DRS at firstname.lastname@example.org. If contacting DRS by phone, please plan for wait times that may be longer than usual. See DRS FAQs, which now includes important information regarding Connecticut sales tax.
Small businesses and nonprofits can learn more about Small Business Administration programs they may qualify forhere, including the new Paycheck Protection Program, which lenders may start processing loan applications for on April 3, 2020.
Last week, Congress passed and President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. A lot of people have questions about what’s in the CARES Act. Am I eligible for direct cash payments? Can I apply for unemployment? What help is there for small businesses? Visitmurphy.senate.gov/coronavirusto check out a summary of what’s in the new law and answers to frequently asked questions.
I hope you found this letter helpful. You can get the latest updates on Senator Murphy's work in the Senate by following him on Facebook and Instagram. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our offices in Hartford or in Washington, DC.