Comprehensive Coronavirus Legislation Guide for the Charitable Sector

Since the Coronavirus was introduced into the United States over two months ago, Congress has passed four separate packages to address a wide variety of issues and support the health care sector, businesses, individuals and families. While a majority of the relief will target businesses, individuals, families and health care, certain provisions in each bill have relevance to the charitable sector. We have summarized each bill and highlighted the specific provisions that may impact the charitable sector.

Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020, (H.R. 6074)

The bill includes emergency funding to combat the Coronavirus pandemic, including approximately $7.8 billion in discretionary appropriations, primarily related to medical and health needs, and $500 million in mandatory spending for "Medicare telehealth,” which would allow Medicare providers to furnish telemedicine services to seniors.

Relevance to the Charitable Sector

Complete Guide to Bill #1

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), (H.R. 6201)

The bill primarily addresses immediate needs of individuals and families related to the Coronavirus pandemic in the United States, including paid family and medical leave, testing and food assistance programs.

Relevance to the Charitable Sector

Relevance to the Charitable Sector as Businesses & Employers

Complete Guide to Bill #2

Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act (CARES Act), (H.R. 748)

The bill represents the largest-ever economic stimulus package in the United States. By comparison, the 2009 stimulus act included approximately $831 billion in appropriations. This bill is intended to address the economic fallout of the Coronavirus pandemic with a focus on helping businesses through loans and other assistance, and direct financial assistance to most American households.

Relevance to the Charitable Sector with Respect to Donors & Charitable Giving

Relevance to the Charitable Sector as Businesses & Employers

Complete Guide to Bill #3

Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, 2020 (H.R. 266)

The primary purpose of this fourth bill is to provide additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), approved in late March as part of the CARES Act. The original $349 billion allocated to this popular program was quickly depleted with many for-profit and nonprofit small businesses failing to get loan applications approved before the money ran out. The bill also provides new resources for hospitals and COVID-19 testing.

Relevance to the Charitable Sector

Complete Guide to Bill #4