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Coronavirus Update

Paycheck Protection Program Information

Program Overview

For Borrowers

For Lenders

Program Rules

 

Coronavirus Legislation

As your Congressman, I will continue working with federal, state, and local officials to accelerate Louisiana’s response efforts and our capabilities in fighting the COVID-19 virus. 

On March 6, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act into law. This bill provided $8.3 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for federal, state, and local responses to the Coronavirus. 

On March 18, President Trump signed H.R. 6201 – the second Coronavirus bill into law. This bill requires free access to coronavirus testing, ensuring there are no cost barriers to these tests. It also included $1.2 billion to help cover the costs of testing, including $142 million to directly help our servicemembers and veterans.

On March 27, President Trump signed The CARES Act - the third Coronavirus bill - into law. This package will provide further assistance to our economy, including direct relief payments to most American taxpayers. ​CLICK HERE TO READ THE BIPARTISAN PHASE III CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILL

On April 24, President Trump signed H.R. 266 - the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act into law. This legislation includes $310 billion to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program, $10 billion for the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grants, $50 billion for the Disaster Loans Program account, $75 billion for reimbursement to hospitals and healthcare providers to support the need for COVID-19 related expenses and lost revenue, and $25 billion to expand capacity for COVID-19 testing.

Information for Individuals
 

Direct Relief Payments

  • The CARES Act provides direct relief payments to most taxpayers, providing cash immediately to individuals and families. Individuals are eligible for checks up to $1,200 and married couples filing jointly are eligible for checks up to $2,400, with an extra $500 for each child. This phases out beginning at $75,000 for individuals/$112,500 head of household/$150,000 for joint filers. Eligibility will be based on 2018 and 2019 tax returns. For Social Security beneficiaries, including retirement and disability, eligibility will be based on information from the Social Security Administration.

  • The IRS established the “Get My Payment” portal to:
    • Check your payment status
    • Confirm your payment type: direct deposit or check
    • Enter your bank account information for direct deposit if the IRS doesn’t have your direct deposit information and the IRS hasn’t sent your payment yet

Information for Non-Filers:

  • The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service launched a new web tool allowing quick registration for Economic Impact Payments for those who don’t normally file a tax return. The non-filer tool, developed in partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, provides a free and easy option designed for people who don’t have a return filing obligation, including those with too little income to file. The feature is available here: Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here 
  • You should use this application if:
    • You did not file a 2018 or 2019 federal income tax return because your gross income was under $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples). This includes people who had no income. 
    • You weren’t required to file a 2018 or 2019 federal income tax return for other reasons

Unemployment Assistance

  • The CARES Act provides an additional $600 per week in “federal pandemic unemployment compensation” to individuals receiving unemployment benefits. The extra payment would remain available through July 31, 2020.
  • Allows individuals affected by the coronavirus to receive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for as long as 39 weeks.
  • Self-employed and independent contractors, like gig workers, are eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Furloughed workers can receive unemployment benefits, and part-time workers are eligible for partial benefits.
  • All unemployment benefits are administered through the state of Louisiana and are subject to state law. Under Governor John Bel Edwards proclamation, claimants receiving unemployment benefits are waived of the requirement of seeking employment, but they must remain able and available to work.
  • If an employer offers a job to an individual receiving benefits and the claimant refuses the job offer, the claimant is required to disclose that information during their weekly certifications.
  • Refusal of work makes a claimant ineligible to continue to receive benefits unless they are directly impacted by the COVID-19 related reason.
  • For employers that have offered work to a previously furloughed employee that has refused to accept the job, you should file an Employer Separation Notice (Form LWC 77) within three days of any potentially disqualifying separation.
  • If you believe an individual is fraudulently receiving unemployment benefits, you can report it here.

FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewal Premiums

  • FEMA continues to take proactive steps to address the COVID-19 pandemic and to help serve its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) customers who may be experiencing financial hardships, the agency is extending the grace period to renew flood insurance policies from 30 to 120 days.
  • This extension will allow additional time for policyholders who may be struggling financially to pay insurance premiums and ensure their policies are not cancelled for nonpayment of premium due to circumstances beyond their control.
  • If a policy has an expiration date between February 13, 2020 and June 15, 2020, then the NFIP insurer must receive the appropriate renewal premium within 120 days of the expiration date to avoid a lapse in coverage. Likewise, if a policyholder receives an underpayment notice dated between February 13, 2020, and June 15, 2020, then the NFIP insurer must receive the additional premium amount requested within 120 days of the date of the notice.

Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Extended

  • The IRS deadline for filing taxes has moved from April 15 to July 15 due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.
  • The IRS has established a special website focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the Coronavirus.
  • The Louisiana Department of Revenue is also extending the deadline for state income taxes to July 15, 2020 due to the Coronavirus. The extension applies to Louisiana individual, corporation, fiduciary and partnership income tax returns and payments.

Employee Paid Leave Rights

  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick or family leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. Click here for more information from the Department of Labor.

Remote Notarization Now Allowed in Louisiana

  • On March 26, Governor Edwards issued Proclamation 37 and Section 6 relaxing restrictions on remote notaries until April 13th. Attorney-notaries and non-attorney notaries are now allowed to notarize documents remotely and without the presence of the person requesting the service. 

Click here for SBA debt relief for pre-Coronavirus SBA loans.
 

Information for Small Businesses

Assistance in the CARES Act

  • The CARES Act creates the Paycheck Protection Program, a nearly $350 billion program to provide eight weeks of cash-flow assistance to small businesses through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans will be forgiven, helping workers remain employed and allowing small businesses and our economy to come back after the crisis.  
  • The Paycheck Protection Program would cover payroll costs, paid sick leave, supply chain disruptions, employee salaries, health insurance premiums, mortgage payments, and other debt obligations to provide immediate access to capital for small businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19.
  • The CARES Act allows regulatory relief so banks can grant loan forbearance for otherwise healthy businesses struggling while business has been shut down.

Information from the Small Business Administration

  • Louisiana small businesses experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to Coronavirus are now eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA). You can apply online here.
  • You can contact the SBA at (800) 659-2955, or the New Orleans regional SBA office at (504) 589-6685.
  • Click here for an overview of the resources available to small businesses.

FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewal Premiums

  • FEMA continues to take proactive steps to address the COVID-19 pandemic and to help serve its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) customers who may be experiencing financial hardships, the agency is extending the grace period to renew flood insurance policies from 30 to 120 days.
  • This extension will allow additional time for policyholders who may be struggling financially to pay insurance premiums and ensure their policies are not cancelled for nonpayment of premium due to circumstances beyond their control.
  • If a policy has an expiration date between February 13, 2020 and June 15, 2020, then the NFIP insurer must receive the appropriate renewal premium within 120 days of the expiration date to avoid a lapse in coverage. Likewise, if a policyholder receives an underpayment notice dated between February 13, 2020, and June 15, 2020, then the NFIP insurer must receive the additional premium amount requested within 120 days of the date of the notice.

Businesses Impacted by Previous Disasters

Additional Resources

Remote Notarization Now Allowed in Louisiana

  • On March 26, Governor Edwards issued Proclamation 37 and Section 6 relaxing restrictions on remote notaries until April 13th. Attorney-notaries and non-attorney notaries are now allowed to notarize documents remotely and without the presence of the person requesting the service. 

Information for Hospitals 
 

Information for Seniors
 

The CDC has specific guidelines for seniors and detailed information on how they can protect themselves from the Coronavirus.

Medicare

For information on how Medicare is handling the Coronavirus outbreak, visit their website here.

  • Medicare covers the lab tests for COVID-19. You pay no out-of-pocket costs.
  • Medicare has temporarily expanded its coverage of telehealth services to respond to the Coronavirus. These services expand the current telehealth covered services, to help you have access from more places, with a wider range of communication tools, to interact with a range of providers.

Social Security

For information on how the Social Security Administration is handling the Coronavirus outbreak and to find information for Social Security beneficiares, visit their website here.

  • Social Security beneficiaries will continue to receive their full monthly benefits.

Assistance from The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $250 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help communities provide meals for older adults.
  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, provided the additional funding for the nutrition services programs authorized by the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965.
  • Funding has been provided to states, territories and tribes for subsequent allocation to local meal providers. Grant amounts are determined based on the population-based formulas defined in the Older Americans Act.
  • Older adults who need assistance can contact the Eldercare Locator to find services available in their community. The Eldercare Locator can be reached at 1-800-677-1116 or https://eldercare.acl.gov/.
     

Information for Parents and Students
 

Information for Veterans
 

  • The Department of Veterans Affairs has a dedicated website for its Coronavirus response, as well as Coronavirus FAQs: what veterans need to know.
  • Any Veteran with symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath should immediately contact their local VA facility. VA urges Veterans to call before visiting – you can find contact information for your closest VA facility.
  • If you currently get your prescription sent to you by mail, you’ll continue to receive your refills as normal. If you usually pick up your prescriptions in person, the VA encourages you to use the online prescription refill and tracking tool. To make sure you have your medicine in time,  request your refill at least 10 days before you’ll run out of your current prescription.
  • On March 21, 2020, President Trump signed into law S.3503which will enable the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue providing the same level of education benefits to students having to take courses online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Additional Resources for State and Local Governments


Testing and Supplies
 

Click here for a list of COVID-19 testing locations across Louisiana.
 

Ochsner Health has designated three urgent care centers to serve individuals in Southeast Louisiana experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. The following Ochsner Urgent Care Centers are now designated for COVID-19 assessment and testing, if recommended by the Louisiana Department of Health and the patient’s provider.

  • Bayou Region
    Ochsner Urgent Care – Houma
    5922 W. Main St., Suite A
    Houma, LA 70360
     
  • Northshore
    Ochsner Urgent Care – Mandeville
    2735 US-190, Suite D
    Mandeville, LA 70471
     
  • New Orleans
    Ochsner Urgent Care - Mid-City at Canal
    4100 Canal St, New Orleans
    New Orleans, LA 70119

Ochsner Health has expanded its community COVID-19 testing efforts on the Northshore beginning Thursday, May 21, 2020.  Northshore testing location details can be found below. Testing schedules are subject to change due to weather.

Church of the King – Little Creek Campus
22205 Little Creek Rd.
​Mandeville, LA 70471

Thursday, May 21
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Friday, May 22
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Three new drive-through COVID-19 “Community-Based Testing Sites” made available by the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Greater New Orleans area. The sites will initially focus on testing health care workers and first responders. Beginning Sunday, March 22, the testing locations will be available to any symptomatic individual, with a cap of 100 tests per day, per site. The sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. Please click the links below for more information on each testing location.

LCMC urgent care locations in Metairie, Marrero, Covington and New Orleans’ Lakeview neighborhood are employing the Abbot ID NOW COVID-19 Molecular Test. If you or a loved one feel you are showing symptoms (Cough, Fever, Shortness of Breath) consistent with COVID-19, please call one of our clinics prior to coming to the location. Click here for more information from LCMC.

Covington Clinic
70340 Highway 21
Covington, LA 70433
985-888-1117
Updated Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm
Sat-Sun: 8am-5pm

Lakeview Clinic 
26 Harrison Ave. Ste. A
New Orleans, LA. 70124
504-309-7108
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-8pm
Sat-Sun: 8am-5pm

Clearview Clinic
1105 S Clearview Pkwy
New Orleans, LA. 70121
504-676-5550
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-8pm
Sat-Sun: 8am-5pm

Marrero Clinic
4945 Lapalco Blvd
Marrero, LA 70072
504-301-2825
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-8pm
Sat-Sun: 8am-5pm

St. Tammany Health System continues to offer COVID-19 antibody testing at its diagnostic centers in Mandeville and Covington. 

STHS diagnostic centers are the Cordes Pavilion, 16300 Hwy 1085, Covington, open weekdays 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the Mandeville Diagnostic Center, 201 St. Anne, Suite B, open weekdays 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 985-871-5665 for more information.

Other Information
 

Federal Resources

How to Help

  • For companies looking to sell or donate medical supplies, equipment or services as part of the COVID-19 response, please click here.

 

Click here for the latest updates from Congressman Steve Scalise.

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