The U.S. Senate approved the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in a 90-8 vote on March 18, and President Donald Trump signed it into law a few hours later. The bill provides free screening, paid sick leave,and enhanced unemployment insurance benefits for people affected by COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) provides:
- Free coronavirus testing
- Paid emergency leave
- Enhanced unemployment insurance
- Additional funding for nutritional programs
- Protections for health care workers and employees responsible for cleaning at-risk places
- Additional federal funds for Medicaid