Insurers Instructed to Waive Copays for Virus Testing, Services
The Trump Administration on Saturday moved to require group health plans and other insurers to cover both coronavirus testing and some related treatment services with no copays or other cost sharing to beneficiaries, including tests that determine if a person has previously had Covid-19. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, along […]
On April 8, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-33 extending the stay at home period that was put in place by Executive Order 20-20 to 11:59 p.m. on May 3, 2020. Executive Order 20-33 and the guidance issued by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) contain some notable changes from the prior Order, which has been rescinded.
Senate in Stalemate Seeking Quick Additional Relief Funds
Senate Democrats blocked Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s attempt to quickly pass a $250 billion boost in aid to small businesses suffering revenue losses in the pandemic, likely delaying any action until leaders of both parties find a compromise. Leader McConnell had sought unanimous consent in the Senate this morning for the small business […]
Today, Governor Tim Walz extended the Stay Home Order until May 4.
“What we are doing is working, Minnesota,” said Governor Walz. “We are taking this seriously, and we are staying home. While Minnesota is showing lower rates of infections than our peers across the country, now is not the time to let up or allow that trajectory to change. Updated […]
The Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate will reconvene on Tuesday, April 7. House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park), Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa), House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (R-Crown), and Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent (DFL-Woodbury) released the following statement:
“Legislative leaders have agreed to reconvene on Tuesday. We will be taking up legislation to address workers’ […]
Delegation Members Urge Disaster Declaration for Minnesota
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN), and Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN-02), Dean Phillips (D-MN-03), Betty McCollum (D-MN-04), Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05), Tom Emmer (R-MN-06), and Pete Stauber (R-MN-08) urged the Trump Administration to approve Minnesota’s request for a major disaster declaration due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The letter, sent to the […]
This evening, Governor Tim Walz delivered his second State of the State address.
Speaking to the state via YouTube, the governor discussed the COVID-19 pandemic in broad strokes. Walz began his speech acknowledging that many Minnesotans are out of work, multiple businesses are closed, classrooms are vacant, and houses of worship are empty.
“We’re bracing for a storm of epic proportions. This […]
LEGISLATIVE ALERT: WALZ UNVEILS DATA DASHBOARD, OUTLINES STATE’S PRIORITIES IN RESPONDING TO COVID-19
Governor Tim Walz today unveiled a new State of Minnesota COVID-19 dashboard that tracks the virus in Minnesota and provides the latest available data on available ventilators, ICU beds, personal protective equipment (PPE), and testing. The dashboard will be updated daily and is available here.
“During Minnesota’s Stay Home Order, we’ve worked to collect data, increase the availability of necessary […]
MN Delegation Requests Revision to Medicaid Proposal
The 10 members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation wrote a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) calling on the Administration to revise the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR). The letter states that many of the proposed changes could negatively impact Minnesota and the care provided to residents who rely on […]
On March 25, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-20 ordering all Minnesotans to stay in their homes until April 10, 2020. There are exceptions for certain personal activities identified in the Order (shopping for food and supplies, seeking medical help and caring for others among others). In addition, there is an exemption for “Critical Sector Work.”
To determine whether your business […]
THE SBA AND STATE OF MINNESOTA HAVE PROGRAMS THAT ARE AVAILABLE NOW
While the loan and relief programs under the CARES Act are extensive, there are three programs that small businesses can access now—the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and Express Loan program and the State of Minnesota’s Small Business Emergency Loan Program.
SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN PROGRAM
This program offers […]
Pelosi Seeks New Health Worker Protections in Fourth Bill
House Democratic leaders said the next coronavirus-relief measure will carry provisions to bolster the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) ability to protect health care workers, after the chamber cleared the largest stimulus plan in the nation’s history. “Workers are risking their lives on the front line of this fight and need […]
Governor Tim Walz today signed a bill to allocate $330 million in COVID-19 aid in Minnesota – bringing the state’s total response to more than $550 million to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was passed by the legislature on March 26, 2020.
“The swift, bipartisan passage of this bill is One Minnesota in action,” said Governor […]
As the state continues to make progress in preparing for the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tim Walz today extended the Stay Home Order in Minnesota until Monday, May 18. In an effort to get more Minnesotans back safely to work while the order remains in effect, the Governor announced that retail businesses and other non-critical businesses will resume […]
Discussion of Fourth Package Begins as House Passes Stimulus
With the House of Representatives passing the Senate-approved $2 trillion Phase III coronavirus measure this afternoon, congressional leaders are already considering a fourth coronavirus relief measure that may include more money for frontline health-care workers.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday that the next coronavirus bill would “lean toward recovery” and look at […]
Late Wednesday night, the Senate passed a $2 trillion dollar coronavirus relief package titled the CARES Act. The bill provides additional funds to America’s health systems, a number of financial tools to private businesses, as well as direct financial assistance to most Americans. The House is expected to approve the bill tomorrow (March 27).
Below, find a summary of the two […]
Legislative Alert: Legislature to Reconvene Thursday
Last night, legislative leadership announced that the Minnesota House and the Minnesota Senate will reconvene on Thursday to pass legislation to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Legislative leaders have agreed to reconvene on Thursday. We are continuing to work closely with the Walz Administration on urgent COVID-19 matters to protect the health and well-being of […]
Legislative Alert: Walz Issues Stay at Home Order for Minnesotans
To slow the spread of COVID-19 across the state, Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to stay at home and limit movements outside of their home beyond essential needs. This order takes effect at 11:59pm on Friday, March 27 and ends at 5:00pm on Friday, […]
Congress, White House Agree on $2 Trillion Stimulus Package
The Trump Administration struck a deal with Senate Democrats and Republicans on an historic rescue package that tees up more than $2 trillion in spending and tax breaks to bolster the U.S. economy and fund a nationwide effort to stem the coronavirus. “At last we have a deal,” Senate Majority […]
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate approved and the President signed the bill passed by the House last Friday to provide expanded protection under the Family Medical Leave Act as well as paid sick leave related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a summary of these laws, which take effect no later than April 1. View Summary […]
At this unprecedented time, businesses need to evaluate their contractual rights and obligations as they consider how to respond to the challenges the COVID-19 virus has created for their operations. View Summary
Senate Approves Second Coronavirus Bill
Senators this afternoon voted 90-8 to approve the House’s second coronavirus bill, which provides for free virus testing, requires paid leave from companies with fewer than 500 employees, and bolsters unemployment and food assistance and gives states billions of dollars in aid. President Trump is expected to promptly sign the bill into law.
Senate Looks to Approve Coronavirus Bill This Week
The Senate this week will consider an economic relief plan, backed by President Trump, to deal with the spreading coronavirus. The House-passed package includes free testing for everyone who needs it, and two weeks of paid sick leave to allow people with the virus to stay home from work and avoid […]