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COVID-19

COVID-19 Resource and Information Center

Overview

The Coronavirus pandemic presents a unique and evolving challenge to our nation. Still, I believe that with the right tools and the resilience of the American people, we can overcome any obstacle. My offices and staff are dedicated to helping the constituents of the 25th District through this challenging time in our history. We can assist the public regarding the Coronavirus pandemic and federal agencies. I hope you find the resources and information listed below helpful. As Americans, we will get through this together.

Testing Locations

The California Department of Health has a tool to locate the closest COVID-19 testing site near you, here.

Vaccine Information:

Vaccine Distribution Locations

The Los Angeles County Public Health Department has updates on locating the vaccination sites near you, as well as eligibility and appointments. For more information click here.

Ventura County is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to those eligible. For more information on registration click here.

To better understand the vaccination process and when you will be eligible for the vaccine visit MyTurn.ca.gov or call 1-833-422-4255 for more information.

On March 31, 2021 between 4-7 p.m. PT Telemundo 52 will be hosting phone banks to help share factual and useful vaccination information to the Latino community. Call in number 1-833-422-4255. To plan your vaccine visit Plan Your Vaccine  

Los Angeles County

  • Phase 1A; Healthcare workers, Long-term care facility residents, and persons age 65+
  • Phase 1B Tier 1; 
    • Person 65+
    • Education & childcare
    • Emergency services
    • Food & agriculture
    • Janitorial, Custodial, and Maintenance Services
    • People who live or work in congregate living spaces
    • Individuals with health conditions and disabilities

Ventura County

  • The categories/sectors that can be vaccinated;
    • Healthcare workers
    • Persons 65+
    • Long-term care residents
    • Essential workers in the following sectors: Food and Agriculture, Education and Childcare, Emergency Services
    • All Tri-Counties Regional Center Clients 16 and over and eligible caregivers of Regional Center clients are eligible. Must have documentation from the Regional Center.
    • Individuals 16-64 deemed to be very high risk to get very sick from COVID-19 because they have the following conditions
      • Cancer, current with weakened immune system
      • Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
      • Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
      • Down syndrome
      • Solid organ transplant, leading to a weakened immune system
      • Pregnancy
      • Sickle cell disease
      • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (but not hypertension)
      • Severe obesity (Body Mass Index > 40 kg/m2)
      • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%
    • or
      • The individual is likely to develop severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection
      • Acquiring COVID-19 will limit the individual's ability to receive ongoing care or services vital to their well-being and survival
      • Providing adequate and timely COVID care will be particularly challenging as a result of the individual's disability.

You must have proof of eligibility in order to obtain vaccine. If you register & have no proof you will be turned away.


Unemployment:


Issues with Fraud: 

For information on how to apply for unemployment assistance click here.

If you have been a victim of unemployment fraud and need assistance please click here.

The IRS is offering guidance on identity theft on unemployment benefits, visit their website here.


Highlights from Second Round of COVID Relief

Small Businesses

  • Provides $284.5 billion to reopen and strengthen the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for first- and second-time borrowers.
    • Allows small businesses to receive a second PPP loan if the business has less than 300 employees and can demonstrate a revenue reduction of 25 percent.
    • Increases the PPP loan amount for Restaurants and Hotels from 2.5x payroll to 3.5x, providing an extra month’s worth of payroll support
    • Codifies rules for faith-based organizations and churches to ensure they keep their eligibility.
    • Expands PPP eligibility to include 501c6s, destination marketing organizations (DMOs), housing cooperatives, newspapers, broadcasters, and radio stations.
    • Simplifies the PPP loan forgiveness application for loans under $150,000.
    • Allows employers to deduct PPP related business expenses and expands list of eligible expenses to include:
      • Software, cloud computing, and other human resources and accounting needs
      • PPE
      • Covered supplier costs
  • Repeals a provision from the CARES Act requiring PPP recipients to deduct their EIDL advance from their PPP loan forgiveness amount.
  • Extends the repayment period of deferred payroll taxes through December 31, 2021. Penalties and interest on deferred unpaid tax liability will not accrue until January 1, 2022.
  • Supplies $2 billion to enhance the SBA’s existing government guarantee loan programs, increases the 7(a)-loan guarantee to 90 percent, extends the $1 million loan limit for SBA Express Loans, and establishes a 504 Express Loan Program.

Families, Students, and Workers

  • $600 stimulus checks per individual/child ($1200 per married couple).
    • Capped at $75,000 gross adjusted income per individual ($150,000 for married couples)
    • Must have a valid social security number to qualify
    • Eligibility for stimulus checks will be determined using 2019 tax information
  • $10 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant Program (CCDBG)
    • This funding will be used to:
      • Provide relief from copayments and tuition payments for families and to help reduce the childcare provider’s costs for families
      • Assist childcare providers with fixed costs and operating expenses and assure facilities can stay open or reopen
      • Provide childcare assistance to health care sector employees, emergency responders, sanitation workers, or other essential workers.
      • Stabilize the childcare sector against increased operating expenses.
  • $82 billion for the Education Stabilization Fund
    • 5% allocated to the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund for Governors to make emergency grants to education entities
    • $2.75B will be reserved for private schools to help cover costs due to the pandemic
    • 67% in the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Fund (K-12)
    • 28% in the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
  • Unemployed individuals receive an additional $300/week from Dec. 26, 2020 to March 14, 2021.
  • Extends and phases out Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for self-employed and gig workers to March 14 through April 5, 2021 and averts another PUA “cliff” by allowing PUA recipients as of March 14 to stay on three more weeks before their benefits end.
  • Extends and phases out Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provides additional weeks when state unemployment runs out, to March 14 through April 5, 2021.
  • Extends many CARES Act provisions to March 14, 2021, including interest-free loans to states, flexible staffing, and relief for non-profits and state and local government.
  • Extends the tax credit through March 2021 for employers that continue to offer paid sick and family leave to their employees.
  • Clarifies that personal protective equipment and other supplies used for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 are treated as eligible expenses for purposes of the educator expense deduction.
  • Increases SNAP benefits by 15% for six months, but does not expand eligibility, and requires the Secretary to issue a report on redemption rate and unexpended balances.

Health Care

  • Takes steps towards ending surprise medical bills
    • Allows for independent arbitration and dispute resolution between the insurer and provider, leaving the patient out of the process
    • Billed charges and government payer rates cannot be considered during arbitration.
    • No threshold for arbitration.
    • No government rate-setting.
    • Includes good-government guardrails to encourage in-network agreements and prevent abuse and overuse of the arbitration process.
  • Many of our physicians expected to see payment reductions in 2021. We prevent at least 2/3 of these cuts from going through by establishing:
    • A three-year delay of a new add-on code that reduces reimbursement to specialty providers.
    • A $3 billion across the board increase in physician payments in 2021.
    • Three additional months of Medicare sequester relief.
    • Ways to allow more providers to access Alternative Payment Model bonuses, giving physicians added incentives to provide high-quality and cost-efficient care.
    • An additional $20 billion distribution from the Provider Relief Fund to help doctors who have had to reduce services.
  • Three-year extensions of Medicare, Medicaid, and Public Health programs.
    • Includes:
      • Community Health Centers;
      • Teaching Health Centers;
      • Diabetes Programs;
      • Eliminating DSH reductions through 2023.
  • Helping save rural hospitals by letting them become a new Rural Emergency Hospital, which gives them the Medicare funding and flexibility to offer health care services their community needs.
    • More specifically, the policy creates a new, voluntary Medicare payment designation that allows struggling Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) or small, rural hospitals with less than 50 beds to convert to a Rural Emergency Hospital (REH).
    • This would preserve beneficiary access to emergency medical care in rural areas that would otherwise be left with nothing if their CAH or rural hospital closed.
  • Reforming in a comprehensive way how Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) are paid.
  • Allowing RHCs and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to furnish and bill for hospice attending physician services when RHC and FQHC patients become terminally ill and elect the hospice benefit.
  • Expanding access to mental health service through utilizing telehealth which improves beneficiary access, particularly in areas low on mental health professionals.
  • Allowing for Physician Assistants to directly bill Medicare, expanding beneficiaries access to care providers in areas lacking health providers.
  • Fixing payment for oxygen and oxygen equipment that allows for increased affordability and access to those supplies in rural areas.

Vaccine Development and Deployment

  • Nearly $20 billion for the production of vaccines and therapeutics, covering the cost for everyone who needs it.
  • $8.75 billion for distribution of vaccines. This includes cold chain, advance freezers, and supporting state efforts.
  • $3 billion for the national stockpile.

Transportation and Infrastructure

  • $45 billion in transportation assistance.
    • $15 billion for passenger air carriers to retain employees;
    • $2 billion for airports;
    • $2 billion for grants, loans, and loan guarantees to transportation services providers, including the motorcoach, over-the-road bus industry, and private school bus operators;
    • $10 billion for state departments of transportation.
  • Includes the bipartisan, bicameral Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020.

State and Local Government Assistance

  • This bill ensures that failed Cities and States do not receive direct taxpayer funding.
  • Extends the time period, from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021, in which State and local recipients of the existing U.S. Treasury distributed CARES Act Sec. 5001 Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) can make eligible pandemic expenses. This allows more of the already distributed $150 billion in CARES Act funds to be utilized.
  • Under the CARES Act, Congress funded the Exchange Stabilization Fund (ESF) to stabilize our financial markets and provide a backstop that allowed the Fed to create targeted, temporary lending facilities for creditworthy borrowers. These temporary lending facilities did their job and are set to expire at the end of the year.

Rural Broadband

  • $1.9 billion for the rip-and-replace program for communications providers with 10,000,000 subscribers or less to replace equipment in their communications networks that poses a national security threat.
  • $300 million for broadband deployment program to support broadband infrastructure deployment to unserved areas, prioritizing unserved areas and rural areas.
  • $250 million to the FCC to carry out the temporary telehealth pilot program authorized under the CARES Act.
  • Establishes a $1 billion program at NTIA to support broadband infrastructure deployment, telehealth, and broadband adoption activities for federally recognized tribal nations.

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Local Resources

The local governments of the Santa Clarita Valley, the Antelope Valley, and Simi Valleys are all enacting measures and distributing guidelines to ensure the public's well-being and safety, in addition to resources provided at the county level.

Resources for Individuals

Direct Payments

Individuals are eligible for checks up to $600 and married couples filing jointly are eligible for checks up to $1,200, with an extra $600 for each child. This phases out beginning at an adjusted gross income level of $75,000 for individuals/$112,500 head of household/$150,000 for joint filers. Eligibility will be based on 2019 tax returns. Must have a valid Social Security Number to qualify. For Social Security beneficiaries, including retirement and disability, eligibility will be based on information from the Social Security Administration.

For more information about the status of your payment, please visit the link below.

Information for Non-Filers

If your gross income was under $12,200 for single or $24,400 jointly, or for one reason or another were not required to file federal taxes, the Treasury Department and the IRS have set up a portal to register to receive your direct payment here.

Resources for Small Businesses

Small Business Administration Loans

The SBA has made a number of loan programs and resources available to businesses experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. You can find these SBA resources here.

For answers to frequently asked questions regarding the SBA Targeted EIDL Advance application process, or details on previous applications please click here.

Los Angeles County Funded Grants

LA County Business & Worker Disaster Help Center has funding resources available for small businesses. Visit their website here.

Resources for Hospitals

For more information regarding what relief has been provided to hospitals during the various phases of the COVID-19 response, please click here for a summary courtesy of House Energy & Commerce, Ways & Means, Small Business, and Appropriations Republican Committee Staff.

Resources for Seniors

Medicare

For information on how Medicare is handling the Coronavirus outbreak, visit their website here.

Medicare covers the lab tests for COVID-19. You pay no out-of-pocket costs.

Medicare has temporarily expanded its coverage of telehealth services to respond to the Coronavirus. These services extend the current telehealth covered services, to help you have access from more places, with a broader range of communication tools, to interact with a variety of providers.

Social Security

For information on how the Social Security Administration is handling the Coronavirus outbreak and to find information for Social Security beneficiaries, visit their website here.

Resources for Students and Parents

The California Department of Education has several resources for families, including a list of school meal sites and a toolkit to support learning at home, as well as the most accurate information and guidance for schools and learning centers. Click here for details.

Resources for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a dedicated website for its Coronavirus response, as well as Coronavirus FAQs: what veterans need to know.

Any Veteran with symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath should immediately contact their local V.A. facility. The VA urges Veterans to call before visiting – you can find contact information for your closest V.A. facility here.

If you currently get your prescription sent to you by mail, you'll continue to receive your refills as usual. If you usually pick up your prescriptions in person, the V.A. encourages you to use the online prescription refill and tracking tool. To make sure you have your medicine in time,  request your refill at least ten days before you'll run out of your current prescription.