Trump has taken action to stem the spread of the virus, mitigate its impact on
the U.S., and find innovative solutions to address this outbreak.
CONTAINMENT: President Trump has taken action to restrict travel from impacted areas and secure our borders.
-President Trump implemented travel restrictions on travel from China in January.
-The President placed further travel restrictions on Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Iran.
-The Administration raised travel warnings to their highest level for hot spot locations.
-The President expanded airport screenings and instituted mandatory quarantines.
-The U.S. and Canada have mutually agreed to close the northern border to nonessential travel.
MITIGATION: President Trump is working every day to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus here in the United States.
The Administration is keeping the public informed so that every American can do their part.
-The Administration launched a website – coronavirus.gov – to keep the public informed about the outbreak.
-The President announced guidelines for Americans to follow and do their part to stem the spread of the virus.
-The President launched a partnership with the Ad Council, media networks, and digital platforms to communicate public services announcements about the coronavirus.
-The Task Force has recommended mitigation strategies to heavily impacted communities, like those in New York, Washington, and California.
-CMS announced guidance to protect vulnerable elderly Americans and limit medically unnecessary visits to nursing homes.
President Trump is working to ensure healthcare providers have the resources and flexibility they need to respond to this outbreak.
-In January, the Administration declared the coronavirus to be a public health emergency.
-The President announced he is invoking the Defense Production Act.
-The President signed a memorandum directing his Administration to make general-use face masks available to healthcare workers.
-HHS announced it will be purchasing 500 million N95 respirators for the Strategic National Stockpile.
-The Department of Defense announced it will be providing 5 million respirator masks and 2,000 specialized ventilators to assist.
-The President took action to give HHS authority to waive rules and regulations so that healthcare providers have maximum flexibility to respond to this outbreak.
-CMS dramatically expanded telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries, ensuring more patients can access their doctors remotely while avoiding exposure.
-CMS and the VA are working to limit nonessential, elective medical procedures to free up healthcare resources.
-The Navy will be deploying two medical ships to help support impacted areas.
The President is rapidly expanding testing across the country to identify cases.
-The FDA issued emergency approval for new commercial coronavirus tests to significantly expand testing across the country.
-HHS is providing funding to help accelerate the development of rapid diagnostic tests for the coronavirus.
-The FDA is empowering states to authorize tests developed and used by laboratories in their states.
The Administration is ensuring that all Americans can be tested regardless of their financial situation.
-The President secured legislation to ensure Americans are able to be tested for free.
-CMS is giving flexibility to Medicare Advantage and Part D plans to waive cost-sharing for coronavirus tests and treatment.
-The Administration announced that health plans with health savings accounts will be able to cover coronavirus testing and treatment without co-payments.
President Trump is supporting working Americans and their families who have been impacted by the coronavirus.
-The Administration negotiated legislation which will provide tax credits for eligible businesses that give paid leave to Americans affected by the virus.
-The Administration took action to provide more flexibility in unemployment insurance programs for workers impacted by the coronavirus.
-The President has directed the Education Department to waive interest on student loans held by the federal government.
-The Administration is deferring tax payments for certain impacted individuals and businesses.
-USDA announced a new collaboration with the private sector to deliver nearly 1,000,000 meals a week to students in rural schools closed due to the coronavirus.
-The Department of Housing and Urban Development is halting foreclosures and evictions for families with FHA-insured mortgages.
The Administration is providing relief for businesses who have been affected by this outbreak.
-The Small Business Administration has announced disaster loans which provide impacted businesses with up to $2 million.
-The President directed the Energy Department to purchase large quantities of crude oil for the strategic reserve.
-President Trump has held calls and meetings with leaders from the pharmaceutical industry, airlines, health insurers, grocery stores, retail stores, banks, and more.
INNOVATION: President Trump is promoting innovative solutions to meet the challenges we are facing due to the coronavirus outbreak.
-The Trump Administration is working with the private sector to find innovative solutions to expand testing.
-The Administration is working with the private sector to develop a website that Americans can utilize to determine whether they need a test and, if so, where to get it.
-The Administration is working with state and local partners and the private sector to open up drive-through testing sites.
-The Administration is working to help accelerate the development of therapeutics and a vaccine to combat the disease.
-The National Institutes of Health has announced the beginning of a clinical trial for a coronavirus vaccine candidate.
What You Need To Know | President Trump is Cutting Red Tape and
Empowering Coronavirus Response Efforts
President Trump is cutting red tape to empower
federal, state, local, and private sector response efforts.
PROVIDING FLEXIBILITY FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
-President Trump took action to give HHS the authority to waive certain rules and regulations to provide flexibility to healthcare providers in response to the coronavirus emergency.
-The President signed legislation removing restrictions preventing manufacturers from selling industrial masks – which can readily protect healthcare workers – directly to hospitals.
EXPEDITING AND EXPANDING TESTING
-FDA empowered certain qualified laboratories to use validated coronavirus tests while their Emergency Use Authorization requests were under review.
-The FDA took action to empower states to authorize tests developed and used within their borders.
ENABLING MORE TELEHEALTH
-CMS removed restrictions on telehealth for Medicare patients, dramatically expanding access across the country.
-HHS lifted HIPAA penalties to enable healthcare providers to expand telehealth for their patients.
-The Department of Education has given broad approval to colleges and universities to allow them to more easily move their classes online.
-USDA waived certain requirements to allow children to continue receiving meals during school closures.
SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES
-SBA relaxed criteria for disaster assistance loans – greatly expanding small businesses’ access to economic assistance.
What The Admin Is Saying | Secretary Mnuchin Discusses the Administration’s Economic Response on Fox Business
Secretary Steven Mnuchin joined Fox Business this morning to discuss the
Administration’s economic response to the coronavirus outbreak.
FOR AMERICAN WORKERS, FAMILIES, AND BUSINESSES
SECRETARY MNUCHIN: “The President is
determined to go big and support the American economy.”
SECRETARY MNUCHIN: “We’ve announced a
trillion-dollar plan. The first part of this is $300 billion that goes to small
businesses. That money needs to be used to hiring people, keeping people on the
payroll. And if they do, there will be loan forgiveness on that afterwards.”
SECRETARY MNUCHIN: “The second component, and you know I referred to this as checks in mail.
But that’s — it’s really money direct deposited. Most people we have all their
information. And the plan is $500 billion in two tranches. The first one would
be a $1,000 per person, $500 per child. So for a family of four, that’s a
$3,000 payment. As soon as Congress passes this, we get this out in three
weeks. And then six weeks later, if President still has a national emergency,
we’ll deliver another 3,000 dollars. So that’s a lot of money to hardworking
SECRETARY MNUCHIN: “The
third component is $200 billion that we can use for more facilities with the
FED like we’ve been doing, for secured lending to airlines, and for other
SECRETARY MNUCHIN: “We are going to
get through this. This is not a financial crisis that will go on for years. We
are going to destroy this virus and our economy will come roaring back better
SECRETARY MNUCHIN: “I think you’re
going to see a lot of pent-up demand. I think you’re going to see – when we get
through the next few months and Americans see what’s happening and we’ve killed
this virus – people are going to be comfortable going back to work, we’re going
to be opening back businesses, and people are going to continue what they do.
You know, they’re going to live, they’re going to shop, they’re going to eat
out, they’re going to enjoy restaurants and travel and entertainment. And we
will go back to a normal world.”
FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES
SECRETARY MNUCHIN: “This isn’t a
bailout. So, let me just say, you know, that for small businesses, we’re
providing liquidity. If people have shut down their restaurants because they’ve
been told to, that’s not bailout. We’re doing things to encourage them to keep
their workers. And as relates to the big companies like the airlines, we’re
looking at making secured loans on market terms.”
SECRETARY MNUCHIN: “These are about
very, very good companies that have been instructed to shut down, so they need
liquidity. That’s with what they need. And in most cases, my expectation is
they’ll be able to pay back those loans. In the case of small businesses, if
they can’t afford to pay back those loans, we’ll forgive them.”
SECRETARY MNUCHIN: “Yesterday, I was
very pleased to see Mark Calabria announce that both Fannie and Freddie are
going to suspend foreclosures for 90 days. They’re also going to issue
forbearance. HUD did the same thing. So that’s a giant part of the market.”