As COVID-19 continues to impact the lives of Missourians, it is important now that our federal lawmakers have taken action to help the most vulnerable populations during the outbreak, that our own state representatives hear from you. It is urgent that a state response match the needs of our neighbors with low incomes and those who may be displaced from work. Empower Missouri has worked with our local and national partners to recommend solutions to help our neighbors have access to adequate nutrition and stay stably housed during this pandemic. To take action, click HERE. This is a rapidly changing situation, and therefore the request for action may also change. Updates will be listed below:
Update 03/06 – President Trump signs H.R. 6074, which provides funding to help with vaccine development and permits Medicare to spend $500 million on telehealth programs for the virus.
Update 03/18 – Senate Passes H.R. 6201, which includes expanded access to SNAP and WIC, President expected to sign.
Update 03/19 – President Trump signs H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which increases access and use of SNAP and WIC.
Update 03/25 – 2 Trillion dollar stimulus passed, includes many housing measures. President expected to sign.
Update 03/27 – President Trump signs Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES), which includes direct payments to Americans and an expansion of unemployment insurance.