Budget Brief 20-10
March 17, 2020

UPDATE: The bill passed the Senate and was signed into law on March 18, 2020.

Before leaving for a one-week recess, the House passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The Senate is currently considering the bill. It addresses a wide range of policies and programs, including:

  • Diagnostic testing costs
  • Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAPs)
  • Nutrition assistance
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Paid sick and family leave, accompanied by payroll tax credits for non-governmental employers

This brief summarizes the bill, for which no cost estimate has been released. The brief conforms to the structure of the bill itself; certain programs are addressed in more than one section. It also provides state estimates for both grant programs that would receive additional funding and FMAP rates.

Subsequent to initial approval by the House, a technical corrections bill that amends certain sections was adopted before sending the bill to the Senate. Those changes are reflected here.