Legislative Update: Week of August 17, 2020

Aug 17, 2020


Following President Trump’s four executive orders on coronavirus relief that were issued last week, negotiations in Congress on a final relief bill remain on hold and will likely remain on hold for the remainder of the month. It is expected that a deal may be finalized in September.  

On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an additional $1.4 billion in Provider Relief Funds would be directed to nearly 80 children’s hospitals nationwide. With this funding, through the CARES Act, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and Health Care Enhancement Act, HHS is helping to ensure children’s hospitals receive relief proportional to other hospitals across the nation and that providers caring for children can continue to do so safely in the most vulnerable communities.


On Saturday, the seven-day in-person early voting period for the September 1st primary in Massachusetts begins. Signed into law by Governor Baker on July 6th, this is the first time voters can take advantage of an in-person early voting before statewide primaries and is expected to provide greater access to voting despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Additional information on specific dates, times, and locations for various communities can be found on Secretary of State William Galvin’s website.

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