Coronavirus (COVID-19)

NY State of Health and the New York State Department of Financial Services have announced a special open enrollment period for those without health insurance. Open enrollment is open until April 15. More information here.

 

Price Gouging hotline: 800-697-1220 

24-Hour Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065

 

RESOURCES FOR INDIVIDUALS

Federal

  • Social Security assistance
    • Find information about deadlines that are being extended to ease the burden on individuals and medical providers here.
  • Veterans who think they have COVID-19
    • Before visiting local VA medical facilities, community providers, urgent care centers, or emergency departments in their communities, veterans experiencing COVID-19 symptoms—such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath—are encouraged to call their VA medical facility or call MyVA311 (844-698-2311, press #3 to be connected).  
  • Student loans
    • The President has directed the Education Department to waive interest on student loans held by the federal government
  • Nationwide expansion of Medicare telehealth services
    • Medicare patients can now visit any doctor by phone or videoconference, at no additional cost, including with commonly-used services like FaceTime and Skype
  • Tax deadline
    • Moved from April 15 to July 15 for both state and federal income tax returns.
    • The IRS recently went live with a website that provides tips for taxpayers and tax professionals. You can find that site here
    • The IRS also recently published FAQs regarding this year’s tax filing deadline extension. You can find that site here.
  • Economic impact payments
    •  The IRS will be opening a new, online portal for economic impact payments. This portal will allow taxpayers to find out the status of their payment. If a payment hasn't yet been issued, individuals can provide their banking information for direct deposit. 

    • Individuals who were not required to file 2018 or 2019 taxes can enter their information here so that they will receive economic impact payments.

 

New York State

  • NYS Department of Health Coronavirus website
  • Sign up for NYS Coronavirus email updates
  • COVID-19 Sick leave application
  • Department of Labor complaint process related to COVID19 
  • Application for suspension of medical or student debt collection activity 
  • Price Gouging hotline: 800-697-1220
  • 24-Hour Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065
  • Special enrollment period
    • NY State of Health and the New York State Department of Financial Services have announced a special open enrollment period for those without health insurance. Open enrollment is open until April 15. 
    • More information here
  • The Governor announced a 90-day moratorium on any residential or commercial evictions.
  • NYS has directed mortgage payments be waived for 90 days based on financial hardship 
    • No late fees
    • No negative impact on credit.  
    • This is in effect 90 day grace period-- those who participate in the program will still owe their payments but be allowed to pay them at a later date.
    • Postpones or suspends foreclosures.
  • The Department of Financial Services instructed state chartered banks to waive ATM fees, late fees, overdraft fees and credit card fees
  • Unemployment assistance
    • The state will waive the 7-day waiting period for workers in shared work programs to claim unemployment insurance for those that have been put out of work by COVID-19
  • Employee protections
    • Employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income less than $1 million will provide job protection for the duration of the quarantine order and guarantee their workers access to Paid Family Leave and disability benefits (short-term disability) for the period of quarantine including wage replacement for their salaries up to $150,000.  
    • Employers with 11-99 employees and employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income greater than $1 million will provide at least 5 days of paid sick leave, job protection for the duration of the quarantine order, and guarantee their workers access to Paid Family Leave and disability benefits (short-term disability) for the period of quarantine including wage replacement for their salaries up to $150,000.  
    • Employers with 100 or more employees, as well as all public employers (regardless of number of employees), will provide at least 14 days of paid sick leave and guarantee job protection for the duration of the quarantine order.  
  • Telemedicine
    • The State Department of Financial Services will require insurance companies to waive co-pays for telehealth visits.  
    • REMINDER: New Yorkers should seek medical attention from their homes rather than visit a hospital or doctor’s office — ultimately reducing strain on the healthcare system and preventing further spread of the virus.
  • Public utilities
    • The New York State Department of Public Service suspended public utilities from cutting off service - including power and heat - to customers affected by COVID-19. The State's major utilities will take immediate action to suspend service shutoffs to households during the COVID-19 outbreak and will continue to offer deferred payment plans for customers struggling financially due to the outbreak.
  • Paid leave
    • Governor Cuomo signed a bill to guarantee Paid Leave for New Yorkers under mandatory or precautionary quarantine due to COVID-19. More information here.
  • Life insurance premium deferral
    • For a 90 day period, consumers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer paying life insurance premiums. 
      • No late fees will be assessed and no negative data will be reported to credit bureaus during this time, and late payments will be payable over a one-year period. 
      • LICONY, or the Life Insurance Council of New York, which represents over 80 percent of the life insurance industry, has agreed to these measures.

New York City

  • New Yorkers can text COVID to 692692 for updates. Spanish speaking or reading New Yorkers can text COVIDESP to 692-692.
  • Vulnerable New Yorkers who have symptoms can call 1-844-NYC-4NYC to connect with services and schedule testing
  • Many are facing challenges brought by the COVID-19 emergency. For those who need it, the City has compiled a list of services you may need
  • Section 8 rental assistance
    • To ensure New Yorkers who use Section 8 rental assistance vouchers have undisrupted access to housing, the City is taking the following steps:  
      • The City will automatically extend any Section 8 voucher set to expire. Voucher holders do not need to reach out to the City for an extension.  
      • All subsidy terminations that are in process are suspended until further notice. 
      • Any HPD Section 8 voucher holders facing rent hardships due to decreases in income should contact HPD.   
      • NYCHA encourages households experiencing a loss of income to visit the NYCHA Self-Service Portal.  
      • The HPD Section 8 team is still available by email at DTRAI@hpd.nyc.gov
  • Find a soup kitchen or pantry near you
  • Mental health resources
    • Pandemics are stressful, and working from home or avoiding public spaces can lead to increased anxiety.  
    • Visit NYC Well, call 888-NYC-Well or text “WELL” to 65173 to receive free confidential counseling in more than 200 languages.
  • Childcare
    • 93 enrichment/education centers across the City are serving the children of first responders, transit workers, healthcare workers and grocery and pharmacy workers.

 

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More on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

May 23, 2020 Newsletter
On Thursday, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis heard directly from essential workers and their loved ones during a briefing on the crisis's effect on frontline heroes. Yesterday, I joined with other House Committees to ask the President about recent reports that the Administration is providing critical, life-saving ventilators to Russia when they are urgently needed here in the United States to combat the coronavirus crisis and save American lives.
May 21, 2020 Newsletter
Today, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis is holding a briefing on the impact of the crisis on frontline heroes during which we will hear directly from essential workers and their loved ones.
May 20, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY- Last night, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi in writing a letter to House Colleagues to emphasize the importance of preserving United States Postal Service. 

Full text of the Dear Colleague letter below.

 

May 19, 2020

Dear Colleague,

Today, we are writing to focus on a very important priority of The Heroes Act – the U.S. Postal Service(U.S.P.S.).  The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on the U.S. Postal Service.  

May 19, 2020 Newsletter
As we continue to contend with the effects of COVID-19, I want to thank essential workers for the work they are doing and the sacrifices they are making. That is why I am continuing to build support for my Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers Act and Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act.
May 17, 2020 Newsletter

Dear Friend, 

 

May 16, 2020 Newsletter
On Friday, I spoke on the House floor in support of the Heroes Act, urgently-needed legislation to protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people and pillars of our democracy.
May 15, 2020 Newsletter
Today, I am in Washington, DC to vote on the Heroes Act and new procedures to make remote voting and hearings possible in the House. Yesterday, I pressed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) yet again for information on the Administration’s inability to prevent the now deadly spread of coronavirus in detention centers housing detainees. Despite the Oversight Committee's repeated attempts to secure information, ICE has failed to fully respond to our requests.
May 14, 2020 In The News

The lawmakers behind the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund rolled out a bill Thursday that would create a similar financial rescue fund for essential workers who suffer or die from the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill doesn’t yet have a price tag or any way to estimate how many people would be in line for payments, but members of Congress argued that whatever the cost, the nation should act now to avoid leaving heroes of the COVID-19 horrors out in the cold the way 9/11 responders were for so many years.

May 14, 2020 Newsletter
This morning, I joined with my collegaues and union leaders to announce the introduction of the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act. Modeled after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), this new fund would provide compensation for injuries to any individual, or their families, who are deemed an essential worker and required to leave their home to perform services and who have become ill or died as a result of COVID-19.
May 14, 2020 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Congressman Peter King (R-NY), and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced the introduction of the bipartisan Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act.