NY12 Coronavirus Update 6/2
For years, FDA’s discriminatory restrictions have prevented people from safely donating their blood and perpetuated harmful stigma against gay and bisexual men across the United States. The coronavirus crisis brought into focus the dangers of this shortsighted policy. On Monday, I joined with my colleagues to introduce a resolution underscoring the need for policies governing blood and blood product donation that are grounded in science and based on individual risk assessments so all those who can safely donate are able to do so.
Accurate census data is incredibly important to make sure our city and state receive the federal funds we need and deserve to support things like health care, including our hospitals, Medicare, and Medicaid. Please remember to fill out your 2020 Census if you have not done so already. You can submit the form online, by phone, or by mail.
As new federal programs in response to the coronavirus crisis are implemented across the country, my office is here to help you navigate these new resources. If you need help with a federal agency and navigating the changes brought on by coronavirus mitigation efforts, please reach out to my office at 212-860-0606.
You can continue to expect these updates from me as verified and pertinent information becomes available.
Facts and Figures
- According to Johns Hopkins, the United States has confirmed 1,811,277 cases with 105,147 deaths.
New York State:
- New York State is reporting 371,771 cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the State has seen 29,917 deaths.
New York City:
- According to NYS, New York City has 203,764 cases. According to NYC Health, the city has seen 21,607 deaths.
The IRS has opened a new, online portal and launched a new, free app for economic impact payment tracking. This portal will allow taxpayers to find out the status of their payment. Individuals who were not required to file 2018 or 2019 taxes can enter their information here so that they will receive economic impact payments.
Also, you do not have to file or pay your 2019 federal income taxes or tax returns until July 15, 2020. For more information, please click here.
- On Monday, I joined with my colleagues Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Chris Pappas (D-NH), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Deb Haaland (D-NM), and Katherine Clark (D-MA), to introduce a resolution underscoring the need for policies governing blood and blood product donation that are grounded in science and based on individual risk assessments so all those who can safely donate are able to do so. For years, FDA’s discriminatory restrictions have prevented people from safely donating their blood and perpetuated harmful stigma against gay and bisexual men across the United States. The coronavirus crisis brought into focus the dangers of this shortsighted policy. It is imperative that our nation’s blood donation policy be rooted in science. You can read more about the resolution here.
- The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it is setting aside $10 billion of round two funding for the Paycheck Protection Program to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). CDFIs expand economic opportunity for low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services for local residents and businesses. The dedicated funds will help ensure that the funding reaches communities in need of relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find a list of CDFIs in NY-12 on my website, here.
New York State
NYS is extending the open enrollment period for New Yorkers without health insurance to June 15. Please get covered if you are not already. Enroll here.
New Yorkers should call the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 if you believe your employer is not following PPE, hygiene or social distancing guidelines as more businesses begin to reopen.
- New York State introduced P-EBT, a new benefit that gives NYC public school families $420 per child credit as food assistance. No sign-up is required. All families of NYC public school children, regardless of your immigration status, income, or employment, will receive this money.
- If you already have an EBT card or a Medicaid card, the money will automatically be added to your card. If you do not have an EBT card, you will receive one in the mail. If you are concerned that the State of New York may not have your correct address, please call 1-888-328-6399.
- Families of non-public school students should contact the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to learn if they are eligible.
- Learn more here or call New York State’s EBT Customer Service Center at 1-888-328-6399.
- New York dentists were allowed to reopen statewide yesterday, Monday, June 1. Dentists' offices will be subject to state guidance on best practices for safety and social distancing.
- Interim Guidance for Dentistry
- This Interim Guidance for Dentistry during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (“Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Dentistry”) was created to provide dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) with precautions to help protect against the spread of COVID-19 as dentistry facilities re-open or continue to operate for elective and emergency procedures. This guidance applies to all dental care, including emergency and non-emergency/elective care.
- Review this guidance here.
- Governor Cuomo signed into law a new measure providing death benefits to the families of frontline workers who lost their lives fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in New York. The bill, S.8427/A.10528, establishes a COVID-19 death benefit for the families of state and local government employees who have been on the front lines of response to this public health emergency.
New York City
If you are a recovered COVID-19 patient, the NY Blood Center is asking for your plasma. If you had a positive COVID-19 test and have been symptom free for 14 days, please consider donating. You can sign up here.
- REMINDER: Get vaccinated!
- Childhood vaccination rates are down 63%. The City is offering free vaccines at more than 1,000 NYC facilities and at all Health + Hospitals community health clinics. I encourage you to make an appointment by calling your child’s healthcare provider or 844-NYC-4NYC. The last thing we need is for preventable diseases to put a further strain on our health care system.
You are eligible for economic impact payments (i.e. stimulus checks). If you have an American bank account and were able to submit your direct deposit information to the IRS by May 13, you should receive your stimulus payment by the end of May. Otherwise, the IRS will mail your check to your residential address that they have on file - this is generally the address on your most recent tax return or as updated through the United States Postal Service (USPS). Additionally, you do not have to file or pay your 2019 federal income taxes or tax returns until July 15, 2020. For more information, please click here.
#GetOutTheCount in NYC!
Please fill out your census and encourage your friends and family to do so, as well.
REMINDER: it is illegal for the Census Bureau to share your information with law enforcement. You answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for government benefits.
Your answers are ONLY used to create statistics about our community, city, state, and country.
- A 1% undercount in the 2020 Census means that our community, NY-12, could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. A report from the Oversight Committee showed that an undercount of just 1% in NY-12 could lead to a loss of $430,000 in federal funding just for our schools! On top of that, the Census also determines funding for things like Medicare and Medicaid, transportation, and support services like SNAP.
- The Census is available online, by phone, and by mail. Paper questionnaires are being mailed out with a reminder letter to households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. If you were not able to answer via online or by phone, please fill out this paper form.
As always, if you need assistance with any federal matters, please call my office at 212-860-0606. Please forward this information to any of your friends, families, or coworkers and let them know that they can sign up for regular updates from me here.
Please, wash your hands, stay home, and thank the medical workers, first responders, grocery store employees, delivery workers, transit workers, childcare workers, mail carriers, take-out cooks, teachers and sanitation workers in your lives.
Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress