U.S. House Passes Coronavirus Relief Legislation, Governor Signs Ohio COVID-19 Package

The U.S. House this afternoon passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (H.R. 748). The bill is the third large-scale congressional effort in response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

The legislation provides financial relief and resources to individuals, families and businesses particularly hit hard by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

It also includes a number of important health care provisions, including; an emergency fund for hospitals and health systems, a Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cut delay; temporary elimination of the Medicare sequester; and a Medicare diagnosis-related group add-on payment that together are estimated to make available $117 billion in new funding for urban and rural hospitals and health systems. See the American Hospital Association summary here.

Gov. Mike DeWine today signed H.B 197, the legislative package continues essential operations of state government, maintains the continuity of the state tax code and responds to the declared pandemic and global health emergency related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.