As Senator Murphy noted yesterday, we will be sending regular updates with important news on what is happening in Washington and Connecticut to respond to coronavirus. 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 19th:
Tomorrow night at 7:00 pm ET Senator Murphy will be holding a telephone town hall for constituents. Visithttps://www.murphy.senate.gov/liveto listen live and join the conversation.
Senator Murphylaid out a proposalfor some of the items he will be fighting to include in the next coronavirus relief package that is now being developed. These are:
Immediate $2,000 check to every adult and child that phases out at higher incomes to brunt the financial burden of COVID-19 and provide an economic stimulus where it is most needed
15% increase in benefits to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and a suspension of work requirements for up to 14 months
Increase of funding to make sure food banks are stocked with the necessary food and supplies
Addressing homelessness, including payments to workers, institute medical safety protocols, and meet emerging needs
Additional funding to hospitals to make sure they have the resources to handle a surge in capacity
Ensuring individuals impacted by the coronavirus who are unable to work due to quarantine aren’t evicted from their homes
Delaying mortgage payments for this month and waive late payment penalties
Connecticut announced thatAccess Health CTis opening a Special Enrollment Period starting today, March 19 through April 2. 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.
If you become unemployed due to coronavirus, you should file for unemployment benefits through Connecticut's Department of Labor. Clickhere for more information. For frequently asked questions about coronavirus for workers and employers clickhere.
The State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has created an emergency response small businesses unit. For specific questions related to Connecticut small business, email the Joint Information Center atCOVID19.JIC@ct.gov, or call the DECD small business hotline at 860-500-2333.
Governor Lamont joined governors from NY, NJ and PA in announcing that indoor portions of large retail shopping malls, amusement parks, and bowling alleys in all four states will close by 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
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