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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (12th District of New York)

On Tuesday, I joined with various stakeholders to introduce H.R. 7011, the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020 (PRIA). Millions of small businesses, nonprofits, mom-and-pop shops, retailers, and other businesses are being left out in cold and will never be able to financially recover from the coronavirus crisis because their business interruption insurance excludes pandemics. We cannot allow this to happen again. Also on Tuesday, I hosted a briefing for members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform with Christi A. Grimm, the Principal Deputy Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on her office’s ongoing oversight of HHS’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. And today, I joined with other committee chairs in sending a letter to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo seeking information about President Donald Trump’s decision to spend U.S. taxpayer funds to purchase ventilators from Russian President Vladimir Putin that are not only unsafe for use in the United States, but were manufactured by a subsidiary of a Russian company currently under U.S. sanctions.

Accurate census data is incredibly important to make sure our city and state receive the federal funds we need and deserve to support things like health care, including our hospitals, Medicare, and Medicaid. Please remember to fill out your 2020 Census if you have not done so already. You can submit the form online, by phone, or by mail. 

As the CARES Act is implemented across the country, my office is here to help you navigate these new resources that are available from the federal government. If you need help with a federal agency and navigating the changes brought on by coronavirus mitigation efforts, please reach out to my office at 212-860-0606.

You can continue to expect these updates from me as verified and pertinent information becomes available.

Facts and Figures

United States

– According to Johns Hopkins, the United States has confirmed 1,699,933 cases with 100,442 deaths.

New York State:

– New York State is reporting 364,965 cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the State has seen 29,484 deaths.

New York City:  
– According to NYS, New York City has 199,968 cases. According to NYC Health, the city has seen 21,362 deaths.

News Updates:

National

The IRS has opened a new, online portal and launched a new, free app for economic impact payment tracking. This portal will allow taxpayers to find out the status of their payment. Individuals who were not required to file 2018 or 2019 taxes can enter their information here so that they will receive economic impact payments. 

Also, you do not have to file or pay your 2019 federal income taxes or tax returns until July 15, 2020. For more information, please click here.

– On Tuesday, I joined with various stakeholders to introduce H.R. 7011, the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020 (PRIA). Millions of small businesses, nonprofits, mom-and-pop shops, retailers, and other businesses are being left out in cold and will never be able to financially recover from the coronavirus crisis because their business interruption insurance excludes pandemics. We cannot allow this to happen again. These employers and their employees need to know that they will be protected from future pandemics. The Pandemic Risk Insurance Act would be an important step in Congress’s prevention efforts against economic losses from future pandemics by both requiring insurance companies to offer business interruption insurance policies that cover pandemics, and creating a Pandemic Risk Reinsurance Program to ensure that there is sufficient capacity to cover these losses and protect our economy in anticipation of a resurgence of COVID-19 and future pandemics. Like the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), the federal government would serve as a backstop to maintain marketplace stability and to share the burden alongside private industry. You can read more about this legislation here.

– On Tuesday, I hosted a briefing for members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform with Christi A. Grimm, the Principal Deputy Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on her office’s ongoing oversight of HHS’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. This briefing showed why our watchdogs are more important than ever. I applaud the work of the HHS IG—and all our IGs—to oversee the use of taxpayer dollars and help improve this Administration’s abysmal response to the coronavirus crisis. Congress must now pass legislation to protect Inspectors General from the President’s politically motivated attacks so they can do their jobs for the American people.

– Today, I joined with other committee chairs in sending a letter to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo seeking information about President Donald Trump’s decision to spend U.S. taxpayer funds to purchase ventilators from Russian President Vladimir Putin that are not only unsafe for use in the United States, but were manufactured by a subsidiary of a Russian company currently under U.S. sanctions. This letter follows a related letter we sent last week expressing grave concerns with President Trump’s decision to spend millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to send hundreds of fully functioning U.S. ventilators to Putin for free despite urgent needs in the United States. You can read the letter from me, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot E. Engel, Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey, Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Chairman James E. Clyburn, and Oversight and Reform National Security Subcommittee Chairman Stephen F. Lynch here.

New York State

NYS is extending the open enrollment period for New Yorkers without health insurance to June 15. Please get covered if you are not already. Enroll here.

New Yorkers should call the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 if you believe your employer is not following PPE, hygiene or social distancing guidelines as more businesses begin to reopen. 

– Governor Cuomo announced the winners of the Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest: “We Heart New York” created by Bunny Lake Films and “You Can Still Smile” by Natalia Bougadellis and Emory Parker. Both winning videos will run as public service announcements and can be viewed here. The state collected more than 600 video submissions from across the state, and there were 186,000 votes cast in the contest.

– The state will fast-track the construction of the new Empire Station at Penn and the new LaGuardia Airport while rail ridership and air traffic is down.

New York City

If you are a recovered COVID-19 patient, the NY Blood Center is asking for your plasma. If you had a positive COVID-19 test and have been symptom free for 14 days, please consider donating. You can sign up here.

– The mayor announced a $10 million initial media and outreach campaign which will include TV, radio, digital media, billboards, and grassroots outreach to spread the word about Test and Trace. Annabel Palma was named Chief Equity Officer for the Test & Trace Corps. She will spearhead the effort to fight the disparities laid bare by the COVID-19 crisis and lead engagement with communities disproportionately affected by the virus.  

– New Community Testing Sites

  • This Week:
    • Queens: Sorrentino Recreation Center
  • Week of June 1:
    • Queens: Beach 39th, Street Leavitt Field (Parking Lot), 1716 Bleecker Street
    • Bronx: 1302 Edward L Grant Highway & 921 East 228th Street
  • Week of June 8:
    • Brooklyn: 4002 Fort Hamilton Parkway & 6315 14th Avenue
  • Week of June 15:
    • Staten Island: Greenbelt Recreation Center
  • Week of June 22:
    • Queens: Jacob Riis Settlement House
  • Week of June 29:
    • Manhattan: Manhattanville Health Center
    • Bronx: 4006 3rd Avenue  

– The Mayor also announced a new partnership between the City and AdvantageCare Physicians who will open 16 sites across the city on June 1. Testing at these sites will be at no cost to the uninsured. Appointments are encouraged but not required, please call 866-749-2660.

–  New Community Testing Sites Opening today:

  • 100 Luten Avenue (Prince’s Bay, Staten Island)
  • 168 Hooker Place (Staten Island) 
  • 57 Cleveland Place (Concord, Staten Island) 
  • 141 East 111th Street (East Harlem, Manhattan) 
  • 6565 Flatlands Avenue (Canarsie, Brooklyn) 
  • 51-30 Northern Boulevard (Woodside, Queens)
  • 18-48 Cornaga Ave (Far Rockaway, Queens) 
  • 8511-8515 5th Avenue (Bay Ridge, Brooklyn) 
  • Brooklyn Army Terminal (Sunset Park, Brooklyn)
  • 2530 Jerome Avenue (Fordham Manor, Bronx) 
  • 778 Forest Avenue (South Bronx)  

– The City has hired more than 1,700 tracers, including 938 Case Investigators (tracers that will call people who have a positive COVID-19 result) who speak more than 40 languages. 410 Case Investigators have been hired from neighborhoods hardest-hit by COVID (44%). There are also 770 monitors who will call those diagnosed with COVID every day to make sure they are safe. This group includes 331 monitors hired from neighborhoods hardest-hit by COVID (43%), 40% of whom speak Spanish. Additional Case Investigators are conducting case interviews this week with patients testing positive in target zip codes.

–  Alternate Side Parking (ASP) will be suspended for two weeks through June 7.

– The City’s goal on testing capacity for this week was 20,000 tests per day, but it has reached approximately 27,000 tests/day, with more than 180 sites for New Yorkers. The City’s new goal is to hit 50,000 tests/day by August 1. The City’s goal was to have 1,000 tracers in the field by June 1, but will now have 1,700 by June 1. The City’s new target is to have 2,500 contact tracers by the first half of June.  

Take Care Program

The City is providing hotels for those who are unable to isolate at home with meals, prescriptions & medication, as well as mental health support. The Test & Trace team will be in regular contact with those who test positive by having daily calls, text messages, and in-person visits. 

Here’s how this will work:

– Resource Navigators:

  • If New Yorkers can safely separate at home, the City will bring free support to them through “Resource Navigators.”
  • A Navigator will be the point person when New Yorkers need something during their recovery — food, medicine, laundry, etc.
  • The City has partnered with 15 community-based organizations to hire these Navigators.
  • The City will have 200 Navigators Citywide to start. 
  • Navigators will be on the ground next week and ramp up over the next 2 weeks.  

– Take Care Hotels:

  • Many NYers can’t safely separate at home; New York has lots of multi-generational homes, smaller apartments, or places with elderly at risk. 
  • For these cases, the City will have 1,200 free hotel rooms ready to go with a goal of doubling that to 3,000 rooms by late summer. 
  • H+H and hotel staff will give New Yorkers in hotels daily medical check-ins, meals, laundry, medicine delivery, and mental health support. 
  • Doctors will be able to evaluate whether this option of rooms makes sense for New Yorkers. 
  • Those who are symptomatic but don’t have a doctor can call the City’s COVID hotline at 844-692-4692 and ask for the COVID Hotel Program. 

– Community Advisory Board 

  • The City is convening a Community Advisory Board from leaders from approximately 60 organizations across the City. They’ll be meeting twice a week and they’ll be the City’s guides to best reach New Yorkers during these next phases.  
Message for NY-12 Constituents Living Abroad:
You are eligible for economic impact payments (i.e. stimulus checks). If you have an American bank account and were able to submit your direct deposit information to the IRS by May 13, you should receive your stimulus payment by the end of May. Otherwise, the IRS will mail your check to your residential address that they have on file – this is generally the address on your most recent tax return or as updated through the United States Postal Service (USPS). Additionally, you do not have to file or pay your 2019 federal income taxes or tax returns until July 15, 2020. For more information, please click here.

 


#GetOutTheCount in NYC! 

Please fill out your census and encourage your friends and family to do so, as well.

REMINDER: it is illegal for the Census Bureau to share your information with law enforcement. You answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for government benefits. 

Your answers are ONLY used to create statistics about our community, city, state, and country.

– Our city and district is in danger of losing hundreds of thousands of federal dollars and representation in all levels of government if we do not make sure that each and every person is counted.

– The response rate in NY-12, is up to 50% and is climbing by the day, but it is still far too low. We are still below the New York State rate of 55.1% and the nationwide rate of 60.2%. 

– A 1% undercount in the 2020 Census means that our community, NY-12, could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. A report from the Oversight Committee showed that an undercount of just 1% in NY-12 could lead to a loss of $430,000 in federal funding just for our schools! On top of that, the Census also determines funding for things like Medicare and Medicaid, transportation, and support services like SNAP. 

– The Census is available online, by phone, and by mail. Paper questionnaires are being mailed out with a reminder letter to households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. If you were not able to answer via online or by phone, please fill out this paper form.


As always, if you need assistance with any federal matters, please call my office at 212-860-0606. Please forward this information to any of your friends, families, or coworkers and let them know that they can sign up for regular updates from me here.

Please, wash your hands, stay home, and thank the medical workers, first responders, grocery store employees, delivery workers, transit workers, childcare workers, mail carriers, take-out cooks, teachers and sanitation workers in your lives.

Sincerely, 

Carolyn B. Maloney

Member of Congress

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