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  • What You Need to Know About Federal Emergency Supplemental Funding for COVID-19

    To prepare and respond to COVID-19, Congress and the Administration approved three emergency supplemental bills for the federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governmental agencies. Emergency supplemental bills are not unique to public health emergency response efforts-- Ebola, Zika, H1N1, and various natural disasters all saw Congress approve multiple emergency supplemental funding bills to ensure resources were allocated to address those threats. Here are some key things to keep in mind about this money and the upcoming efforts to provide financial relief.

  • COVID-19 Highlights Need to Fund State Public Health

    If the current COVID-19 pandemic can teach us anything, it’s the importance of having a strong public health infrastructure. State and local health agencies maintain core capabilities critical to promoting and protecting the public’s health, in both times of crisis and calm.

  • Social Distancing: How States are Handling Business Closures

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, states are using their emergency powers to authorize a variety of social distancing measures designed to reduce social interactions and slow the spread of infectious diseases. A common type of social distancing measure being implemented by governments at all levels is the closure of businesses. While these measures are effective in “flattening the curve,” they can have a major impact on the financial stability of the business and its employees. Below is a summary of executive orders that have led to the closure of many businesses and nonprofit organizations.