The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

H.R. 6201, The Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Guarantees free coronavirus testing, establishes paid leave, enhances Unemployment Insurance, expands food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding It corrected the drafting errors on telehealth in the first package. Health and Prevention Related Provisions:

  • Provides $1 billion for free testing for COVID-19 for uninsured individuals trough the National Disaster Medical System (ASPR).

  • Requires private health plans to provide coverage for COVID-19 diagnostic testing without cost sharing for individuals with private health insurance.

  • Provides coverage for COVID-19 diagnostic testing without cost-sharing for individuals in the Indian Health Service, the Defense Health System, TRICARE, veterans, and federal workers.

  • Waives all cost sharing for individuals in Medicare and Medicare Advantage.

  • Waives all cost sharing for individuals in Medicaid, CHIP. Coverage to be paid for with 100% federal match. Also provides a broad emergency 8% enhancement of FMAP for states and territories' Medicaid allotments in 2020 and 2021.

  • All of the above includes the cost of a provider, urgent care center or emergency room visits in order to receive testing.

  • Provides for emergency waiver of telehealth restrictions in Medicare. Clarifies provisions in previous supplemental (P.L. 116-123).

  • Treats personal respiratory protective devices as covered countermeasures under the PREP Act Declaration for the purposes of emergency use during the COVID-19 outbreak and ending October 1, 2024.

  • Provides for 25 million additional home-delivered meals to low-income seniors who are home-bound; have disabilities or multiple chronic illnesses; or, are caregivers for seniors who are home-bound.

  • Ensures State Emergency Operations Centers receive regular and real-time reporting on aggregate testing and case data from health departments and share that data with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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