US House of Representatives Bill 6800 - Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act

The HEROES Act is a COVID-19 relief package proposed by the House in May 2020.

SUMMARY:

To enact the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. If enacted, the HEROES Act would add funding for Medicaid, housing programs, education, community mental health services, direct cash payments, and the Administration for Community Living. This bill would also provide expanded eviction and foreclosure prevention, nursing facility safety provisions, hazard pay for direct care workers.

Part of the additional Medicaid funding would go towards home and community based services (HBCS). HBCS allows people with disabilities to live in their community rather than an institutional setting, which is crucial to keep people with disabilities safe during COVID-19. People who live in congregate care settings, like institutions or nursing facilities, are more likely to contract and spread COVID-19.

The HEROES Act does not include reauthorization of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program or additional funding for Social Security and Social Security Income. 

PRIMARY SPONSORS:

New York Representative Nita Lowey

SECONDARY SPONSORS:

New York Representative Eliot Engel, New York Representative Carolyn Maloney, New York Representative Jerrold Nadler, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal, New Jersey Representative Frank Pallone, Virginia Representative Robert Scott, California Representative Mark Takano, New York Representative Nydia Velazquez, California Representative Maxine Waters, Arizona Representative Raul Grijalva, California Representative Zoe Lofgren

COMMITTEE:

House

House Ways and Means Committee

Senate

Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee

COMPANION BILL:

N/A

LINK TO BILL:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6800?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22H.R.6800%22%5D%7D&s=8&r=1

LEGISLATION STATUS:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6800/all-actions-without-amendments?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22H.R.6800%22%5D%7D&s=1&r=1

BILL STATUS:

House

Introduced in House on May 12, 2020

Referred to Committee on May 12, 2020

Reported out of Committee on May 14, 2020

Passed in House on May 15, 2020, by a vote of 208 - 199

Senate

Introduced in Senate on May 21, 2020

Referred to Committee on June 1, 2020

Hearings on

  • July 27, 2020

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