Updated July 30, 2020

The AMA provides a summary of the "Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools Act” (HEALS Act). The HEALS Act is the next proposed coronavirus relief fund package.

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For complete descriptions of each provision in the HEALS Act, download the AMA highlights of the Senate proposal, the HEALS Act (PDF).

The HEALS Act includes:

  • American Workers, Families, and Employers Assistance Act
  • Coronavirus Response Additional Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020
  • Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act
  • Restoring Critical Supply Chains and Intellectual Property Act
  • Safeguarding America’s Frontline Employees to Offer Work Opportunities Required to Kickstart the Economy Act (SAFE TO WORK Act)
  • Safely Back to Work and Back to School Act
  • Supporting America’s Restaurant Workers Act
  • Time to Rescue United States Trusts Act of 2020 (TRUST Act of 2020)
  • Medicare accelerated and advance payment programs during COVID-19
  • Public Health and Social Services emergency fund (CARES Act Provider Relief Fund)
  • Liability limitations on health care providers
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) expanded to include 501(c)(6) entities.
  • Other PPP improvements
  • PPP second draw loans
  • Enhanced employee hiring and retention payroll tax credit
  • Safe and healthy workplace tax credit
  • Authority to extend Medicare telehealth waivers
  • Extension of ability for RHCs and FQHCs to serve as distant sites
  • Additional workforce activities
  • Additional workforce activities
  • Amendments to education provisions of the CARES Act
  • Foreign institutions
  • In school student loan borrowers
  • Perkins loans
  • CARES Funds Not Income
  • Financial aid and unemployment
  • Program review criteria
  • Notice on FASFA
  • Department of Education funding
  • Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund
  • Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
  • Payment to school employees
  • Public Health and Social Services emergency fund
  • Simplifying student loan repayment
  • Changes to the 7(a) loan guaranty program for recovery sector businesses
  • Increased flexibility for borrowers to request increase in loan amount
  • Small business investment company program
  • Commitment authority and appropriations
  • TANF Coronavirus Emergency Fund
  • Medicare Part B premium and deductible levels held steady
  • Temporary carryover for health flexible spending arrangements
  • On-site employee clinics
  • Liability limitations for coronavirus-related negligence
  • Liability limitations for certain FDA regulated products
  • Requirement to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for the National Strategic Stockpile from domestic suppliers
  • Sustained on-shore manufacturing capacity for public health emergencies
  • Investment credit for qualifying medical personal protective equipment manufacturing projects
  • Federal Research Security Council
  • Centers for Public Health preparedness
  • Telehealth plans
  • Improving diagnostic test development
  • Prohibition on use of human genetic information
  • Improving and sustaining state medical stockpiles
  • Strengthening the Strategic National Stockpile
  • Guidance for states and Indian tribes on accessing the Strategic National Stockpile
  • Workforce recovery and training services
  • Modernizing infectious disease data collection
  • Department of Veterans Affairs funding
  • Additional funding for the Regan-Udall Foundation and Foundation for NIH
  • Appropriations Provisions from Title VIII - Coronavirus Response Additional Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020
      • Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund
      • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
      • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) program management

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