US Senate Bills 4317- 4324 - Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act

The HEALS act is a group of 8 bills introduced in the Senate with the aim of assisting Americans during COVID-19.

SUMMARY:

To enact:

  • Safe to Work Act (S.4317)
  • American Workers, Families, and Employers Assistance Act (S.4318)
  • Supporting America’s Restaurant Workers Act (S.4319)
  • Coronavirus Response Additional Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (S.4320)
  • Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act (S.4321)
  • Safely Back to Work and Back to School Act (S.4322)
  • Time to Rescue United States Trusts Act of 2020 (TRUST Act) (S.4323)
  • Restoring Critical Supply Chains and Intellectual Property Act (S.4324)

The HEALS Act, if enacted, would provide funding for direct cash payments, rental assistance, education, unemployment insurance, and community mental health services. Further, this legislation would provide funding for the Administration for Community Living.

These bills lack funding for two crucial areas: home and community-based services (HBCS) and protections against evictions and foreclosures. HBCS allows people with disabilities to live safely in their communities rather than in institutions. This is particularly important during the pandemic since people in congregate living settings are at higher risk for getting the virus.

Unfortunately, the HEALS Act also includes immunity from liability related to COVID-19 harm. This immunity would apply to businesses, non-profits, providers, and schools, which could be dangerous for people with disabilities. Essentially, your employer, doctor, or teacher wouldn't be held responsible if you were harmed and that harm was related to COVID-19. This leaves people with disabilities vulnerable to abuse, neglect, and increased exposure to the virus.

PRIMARY SPONSORS:

Safe to Work Act (S.4317)

American Workers, Families, and Employers Assistance Act (S.4318)

Supporting America’s Restaurant Workers Act (S.4319)

Coronavirus Response Additional Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (S.4320)

Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act (S.4321)

Safely Back to Work and Back to School Act (S.4322)

Time to Rescue United States Trusts Act of 2020 (TRUST Act) (S.4323)

Restoring Critical Supply Chains and Intellectual Property Act (S.4324)

SECONDARY SPONSORS:

Safe to Work Act (S.4317)

  • N/A

American Workers, Families, and Employers Assistance Act (S.4318)

  • N/A

Supporting America’s Restaurant Workers Act (S.4319)

  • N/A

Coronavirus Response Additional Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (S.4320)

  • N/A

Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act (S.4321)

Safely Back to Work and Back to School Act (S.4322)

  • N/A

Time to Rescue United States Trusts Act of 2020 (TRUST Act) (S.4323)

Restoring Critical Supply Chains and Intellectual Property Act (S.4324)

COMMITTEE:

Senate

Safe to Work Act (S.4317)

American Workers, Families, and Employers Assistance Act (S.4318)

Supporting America’s Restaurant Workers Act (S.4319)

Coronavirus Response Additional Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (S.4320)

Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act (S.4321)

Safely Back to Work and Back to School Act (S.4322)

Time to Rescue United States Trusts Act of 2020 (TRUST Act) (S.4323)

Restoring Critical Supply Chains and Intellectual Property Act (S.4324)

COMPANION BILL:

N/A

LINK TO BILL:

https://medicaid.publicrep.org/feature/covid-19-legislation/#covid-4-bills

LEGISLATION STATUS:

BILL STATUS:

Senate

Safe to Work Act (S.4317)

  • Introduced in the Senate on July 27, 2020
  • Referred to Committee on July 27, 2020

American Workers, Families, and Employers Assistance Act (S.4318)

  • Introduced in the Senate on July 27, 2020
    Referred to Committee on July 27, 2020

Supporting America’s Restaurant Workers Act (S.4319)

  • Introduced in the Senate on July 27, 2020
    Referred to Committee on July 27, 2020

Coronavirus Response Additional Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (S.4320)

  • Introduced in the Senate on July 27, 2020
    Referred to Committee on July 27, 2020

Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act (S.4321)

  • Introduced in the Senate on July 27, 2020
    Referred to Committee on July 27, 2020

Safely Back to Work and Back to School Act (S.4322)

  • Introduced in the Senate on July 27, 2020
    Referred to Committee on July 27, 2020

Time to Rescue United States Trusts Act of 2020 (TRUST Act) (S.4323)

  • Introduced in the Senate on August 3, 2020
    Referred to Committee on
    August 3, 2020

Restoring Critical Supply Chains and Intellectual Property Act (S.4324)

  • Introduced in the Senate on July 27, 2020
    Referred to Committee on
    July 27, 2020

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