September 9, 2020

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167th Annual Session Registration is Open!
AMA Women In Medicine Month: MMA Recognizes President Amy Madden, M.D.
With Deadline Approaching, Governor Mills Encourages Maine Small Businesses to Apply for Economic Recovery Grant Program
Register for Maine’s New PMP System Now
Congressional Gridlock For New Coronavirus Relief Bill
AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine study paused after one illness
CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls - September
COVID-19 Could Reverse Decades of Progress toward Eliminating Preventable Child Deaths, Agencies Warn
Complete the 2020 Census by September 30
Baystate Financial – Fiscal Fitness for Life
MMA 2021 Legislative Priorities Due Sep 25th
Want To Vote By Mail? Here's How
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Personal Risk Assessment - Baystate Financial Webinar on September 15
Webinar Series: Telehealth Practice Innovations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Maine AAP Virtual CME Conference - Sept 26 & 27
ME DHHS Webinar: Strategies for Addressing Disparate Impacts of COVID 19
Upcoming Events from the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME)
Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention conference - Thursday, October 1
Family Medicine Physician at Greater Portland Health
Medical Director - Bucksport Regional Health Center

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Congressional Gridlock For New Coronavirus Relief Bill

According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), United States Senate Republicans have proposed a targeted coronavirus relief bill. Aspects of the bill: 

  • Extends the deadline to September 30, 2021 for spending Coronavirus Relief Funds but does not provide any additional flexibility or funding;
  • gives states the option to continue providing $300/week in additional, federally funded unemployment benefits through December 27;
  • creates a second round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) with some reforms;
  • provides $105 billion through an Education Stabilization Fund;
  • provides $16 billion for testing, contact tracing and surveillance in states;
  • provides $5 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant;
  • and provides $20 billion of additional farm assistance.

    A summary of the bill can be found here. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill later this week, but it is not expected to garner much Democratic support and sharp differences remain between the chambers. 

  • The NASBO professional membership organization for state finance officers for more than sixty years. NASBO is the instrument through which the states collectively advance state budget practices.

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