The Catalyst

Senior Services News
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

News

Member Spotlights

Resources

CMS

Webinars

In Case You Missed It

  • Liability Market and Insurance Trends:  How to Prepare for Your Renewal by Johnson Kendall Johnson (June 25) Slides & Recording

Advocacy Update

Congress Moves to Extend Filing Deadline for PPP, President Expected to Sign into Law

On June 30, the Senate passed S. 4116, a bill to extend the filing deadline for Paycheck Protection Program loans, hours before the existing deadline for the Small Business Administration to stop accepting applications for the forgivable loan program. The House will still need to pass the measure and send it to the President for his signature in order for it to become law, but both steps are expected to happen shortly.  Under the bill as passed by the Senate by unanimous consent, the deadline for applying for PPP loans (for which businesses with fewer than 500 employees are eligible) would be extended until Aug. 8.

Oklahoma Voters Approve Medicaid Expansion

Voters in Oklahoma on June 30 approved with 50.5% support a ballot measure extending Medicaid coverage to tens of thousands of low-income adults.  Oklahoma, with the nation’s second-highest uninsured rate, had been one of just 14 states that hadn't expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  By adding Medicaid expansion to Oklahoma’s constitution, the newly-passed measure may prevent Gov. Kevin Stitt from implementing his plan, if approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to add per capita caps and work requirements to the state’s Medicaid program. Lutheran Services in America has submitted comments in opposition to these proposed changes, given their likelihood to reduce patients’ access to critical benefits and services and add administrative and financial barriers to the program that would undoubtedly lead to coverage losses.

The purpose of this digest is to provide current news and resources to Lutheran Senior Services organizations. The Catalyst is disseminated every other week and includes relevant reports, educational opportunities, policy updates and other announcements. To add colleagues to the distribution list or to unsubscribe from the Catalyst, send an email to thecatalyst@lutheranservices.org.