State and Federal Updates


Intent


The purpose of this page is to consolidate updates and resources from the Governor and the Administration. For specific information for our local community, veterans, small businesses, Spanish-speakers and more, please see our navigation bar on the right of this screen. 

On This Page You Will Find

Chrissy's Priorities - summary of our office's focuses during the coronavirus pandemic 

Latest News - updates on school closures, public health recommendations, and more

Resources (State and National) - information regarding unemployment compensation, stimulus checks, and more

Our Office's Response - list of upcoming and past events

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Chrissy's Priorities

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, our office has taken decisive action on three main fronts:  

  • Ensuring our community has the resources it needs to “flatten the curve” of the spread of the virus, handle positive cases, and ensure our health care system does not get overwhelmed 

  • Supporting our small business owners and employees   

  • Sharing timely, factual information with constituents to ensure they can protect themselves and their loved ones 

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Latest News

Pennsylvania 
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program is now accepting weekly filings. To make an initial or weekly claim, click here. Please note, there are credible reports that international organizations are fraudulently applying for PUA on behalf of Americans. If you receive an unemployment check in the mail, but did not file, let the PA Department of Labor & Industry know immediately
  • Some constituents are receiving their Economic Impact Payments via debit card. This is not a scam, but we always recommend ensuring you have the correct card. More information here

National 
  • APRIL 15TH - The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will receive automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department. For up-to-date information, visit the SSA's website here.
  • MARCH 30TH - White House approves Pennsylvania Disaster Declaration., ordering "Federal assistance to supplement Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease..." Find the full White House release here.
  • MARCH 20TH - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) warns residents about scams and rumors. Read updates here.
  • MARCH 18TH - U.S. Census Bureau suspends field operations for two weeks amid coronavirus, encouraging households to participate by mail or online. Fill out your census form online today at 2020Census.gov
  • MARCH 18TH - The U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issues guidance on deferring tax filing and payments due to COVID-19 outbreak. See full release here.
  • MARCH 18TH - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development suspends all foreclosure and evictions for the next 60 days. See full statement here.
  • MARCH 13TH - The U.S. Department of Education will waive interest on all federally held student loans in response to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. 
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Resources

Taxes and Stimulus Rebates

  • The Ways & Means Committee has learned that the IRS plans to create a new, online portal--Where's My Economic Impact Payment--for people to obtain information about their economic impact payment and provide their banking information. Not sure how to provide your direct deposit information to the IRS before a paper check is mailed? Check out this info sheet to see your options. 
  • To help you through this difficult time, our staff compiled FAQs. If you find yourself wondering the following, please reach out to our team! 
     
    • If I receive social security, disability and/or veterans benefits, am I eligible for the rebate? As long as your adjusted gross income (AGI) is not greater than $99,000 if your filing status was single or greater than $198,000 if your status was married filing jointly, then yes, SSA, SSI, SSDI and VA beneficiaries are eligible. Whether you filed taxes or not, you will receive these economic impact payments automatically from the IRS. If you are in this group and have not received your stimulus payment yet, the Treasury Department has indicated that it should be arriving soon. For more information, please visit IRS.gov.
  • If you still have questions, e-mail our staff at PA06.TaxesandRebates@mail.house.gov



Unemployment Compensation 
  • To help you through this difficult time, our staff compiled FAQs below:

    • I am a self-employed person/independent contractor, why won’t the website won’t allow me to submit an application for unemployment compensation? 
      The CARES Act expanded unemployment benefits to hundreds of thousands of previously ineligible Pennsylvanians, including the self-employed, gig workers and independent contractors through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program which is now accepting weekly filings. To make an initial or weekly claim, follow this link with detailed instructions and frequently asked questions. https://www.uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/file/Pages/Filing-for-PUA.aspx

    • Do I qualify for benefits if my hours are reduced? Apply for assistance if your hours or income have been reduced – including those who work based on commission.

    • What is the best course of action for people with underlying conditions who work for essential businesses who have exhausted leave options with their employers? Can you receive unemployment while on unpaid leave?  Employees who are unable to work due to COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to work with their employers to first exhaust any paid leave that is available.  Employees who do not have access to paid leave, or have exhausted their paid leave, may be eligible for UC. If they are receiving any form of income while receiving UC, they should report it when they file their bi-weekly claim.  
  • For the latest news, follow the PA Department of Labor and Industry on Twitter and Facebook!
  • Can't find the answer to your question? E-mail our staff at PA06.UnemploymentCompensation@mail.house.gov.


Pennsylvania

Experts have been working hard to understand this new strain of coronavirus. Because new information is coming out every day, please visit the sites below regularly for up-to-date information. 

Dr. Abella of Penn Medicine created this helpful info sheet to answer our community's most pressing questions, such as 'How is the virus spread?' 'What can I do to avoid catching COVID-19?' and more. He has served as our medical specialist on several telephone town halls, and we are grateful for his contributions. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health provides updates on the disease's spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions available here

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services provides updates on the services they provide to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable individuals and families here

The Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation created a site to share information for Pennsylvania employees impacted by COVID-19 here

The Pennsylvania Department of Education provides guidance and resources for school communities here

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue issued new guidance on tax returns and appeals in response to COVID-19 here

National

The Center for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals. For specific information on symptoms and prevention, click here

The State Department provides a list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States.

The U.S. Department of Education provides information and resources for schools and school personnel. 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides updates regarding the novel coronavirus.

The Library of Congress updates a Coronavirus Resource Guide via their public law library blog. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services shared this FAQs document on essential health benefit coverage.

The American Health Care Association keeps their website updated with the latest information about COVID-19.  

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Our Office's Response

Upcoming Events

  • TBA - Our next Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall. 

Past Events

  • MAY 13TH - Held our eighth Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall with over 3,000 members of the community. For a full audio recording, click here
  • APRIL 29TH - Held our seventh Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall. For a full video recording, click here
  • APRIL 17TH - Held our sixth Coronavirus Telephone Town hall, which focused on small businesses. For a full audio recording, click here. 
  • APRIL 9TH - Held a Virtual Town Hall, this time on Facebook, on Thursday, April 9th at 11:30AM. To view our conversation with PA Secretary of Labor & Industry, Mr. Oleksiak, visit our Facebook page.
  • MARCH 31ST - Held our latest Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday, March 31st at 6:40PM. Listen to the full audio recording here.
  • MARCH 23RD - Held our third Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall on Monday, March 23rd at 3:00PM. Listen to the full audio recording here.
  • MARCH 19TH - Held a Small Business Conference Call with affected businesses. For more information, please e-mail PA06.SmallBusiness@mail.house.gov
  • MARCH 17TH - Joined over 800 small business owners and local elected officials on a conference call to discuss how we can support and protect our employers and workers amid the coronavirus outbreak. Read an article about the call here
  • MARCH 17TH - Held our second Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall with 4,000+ constituents and local health experts. Watch coverage of the event on MSNBC here.
  • MARCH 10TH - Held our first Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall. If you were unable to attend, you can find the full audio recording here.
The safety of you and your loved ones is of the utmost importance. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our West Chester office at (610) 883-5050, or our Reading office at (610) 295-0815.