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, April 2nd:
Today, Senator Murphysent a letterto the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging the department to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients the flexibility to use benefits on hot and prepared food amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Following a letter Senator Murphy sent with 40 other Democratic senators, the U.S. Department of Treasuryreversedits previous guidance and announced that seniors will automatically receive stimulus checks without having to file a tax return.
Access Health CThas extended the Special Enrollment Period to sign up for health insurance until Friday, April 17. Coverage is available for uninsured Connecticut residents who don’t otherwise receive insurance through their job or become unemployed. The only way to sign up for this Special Enrollment Period is by calling 855-365-2428.
Yesterday, Governor Lamont announced a 60 day grace period for premium payments, policy cancellations and non-renewals of health insurance policies. Those who wish to take advantage must contact their health insurers.
Governor Lamont signed an executive order requiring all school staff (including teachers, cafeteria workers, clerical and custodial workers, and others) to be paid while schools are closed. Local boards of education and municipalities also must work with transportation and special education services to ensure those employees also are compensated.
Small businesses and nonprofits can learn more about Small Business Administration programs they may qualify for here. For more information about the new Paycheck Protection Program, which lenders may start processing loan applications for on April 3, 2020, clickhere.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, CT NOFA has partnered with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture to expand the list of farms, farmers' markets, and farm stands beyond the current CT NOFA membership - free of charge and online. Visitctgrownmap.comto fins a farm stand or market near you.
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/coronavirusanswers 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.