Please check this web page regularly as Congress acts and new resources become available for families, businesses and communities impacted by the Coronavirus.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. It provides a major infusion of health care resources and continued income for families and economic stability for workers and businesses. This bill provides critical funding for hospitals and health care providers, expands unemployment insurance, provides direct payments to Americans, and supports our Michigan businesses—large and small—and their employees.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which will also help many Michigan families during this crisis, was signed into law on March 18, 2020. The bipartisan bill will give many employees who are experiencing symptoms or taking care of a child paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave, and enhanced unemployment insurance. The bill also increases access to food for expecting mothers, seniors, and children. Finally, the bill ensures people tested for coronavirus will not have to pay for the test.
If you are experiencing symptoms, visit the CDC website and call your local health care provider or the Michigan coronavirus hotline at 888-535-6136.
- Direct Support to Americans: For information on the $1,200 ($2,400 for joint filers and $500 per child) individual cash payment –IRS.Gov
- Unemployment Insurance: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act expands state unemployment insurance eligibility to self-employed workers, independent contractors, furloughed workers, part-time workers, tipped employees, gig workers, and workers impacted by shutdowns due to COVID19. Everyone receiving unemployment insurance will receive a weekly increase of $600 through July 31, 2020 (4 months). Benefits are extended by 13 weeks to a total of 39 weeks. For more information on the unemployment provisions in the Act, Stabenow.senate.gov/ui. Apply for unemployment benefits online at Michigan.gov/UIA or 1-866-500-0017.
- Health Insurance: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provides new insurance protections for patients – Stabenow.senate.gov/covid-19insurance
- Assistance for Older Americans: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provides special protections for older Americans – Stabenow.senate.gov/seniors
- Student Loans: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provides assistance for students and individuals with student loans – Stabenow.senate.gov/studentloans
- Mortgage Relief & Housing: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provides mortgage and housing assistance – Stabenow.senate.gov/housing
- Internal Revenue Service: The deadlines to file and pay federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020. For more information, visit the IRS website for those affected by the coronavirus: IRS.gov/coronavirus
- State of Michigan Taxes: Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-26, which pushes all April 2020 state and city income tax filing deadlines in Michigan to July 2020. For more information: Michigan.gov
- Social Security: The Social Security Administration has created a webpage for those seeking information about collecting Social Security benefits during the pandemic: Ssa.gov/coronavirus. Please note that all local Social Security offices are closed to the public for in-person service.
- Personal Assistance: If you or your family need assistance with bills, food, childcare, or other essential needs, dial 211 to speak to someone who can help, or use the search bar at the top of the 211 website: 211.org/services/covid19.
- Student Meals: If your child’s school has closed, you can find student meal locations here: Michigan.gov/meetupeatup. For more information: Stabenow.senate.gov/nutrition.
- Food Assistance: To apply for food assistance through SNAP, visit Michigan.gov/mibridges. If you need assistance applying for SNAP, contact their helpline at 1-888-544-8773. For more information: Stabenow.senate.gov/nutrition.
- Food Banks: To find a food bank in your area: Fbcmich.org/resources/find-a-food-bank
- Utility and Energy Bills: If you have questions or concerns about your utility or energy bills, the State of Michigan has listed contact information for utility companies at their website: List of Michigan Utilities
Business & Non-Profit Organizations
- Small Business & Non-Profits Guide to the CARES Act: To help small business owners, non-profits and other employers better understand the major programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – Stabenow.senate.gov/business. For SBA disaster assistance go online - Sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance or call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Michigan Small Business Development Center: The Center has built a resource hub to help small business owners cope with the impact of COVID-19: Sbdcmichigan.org/small-business-covid19
- MEDC Call Center: The Michigan Economic Development Corporation stands ready to support businesses looking for assistance. For a list of resources and information for Michigan businesses during the outbreak, visit Michiganbusiness.org/covid19 or call 1-888-522-0103.
- Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity: The MDLEO has provided guidance for employers: Michigan.gov/coronavirus.
Resources for Hospitals, Health Care Providers and Other Health Care Facilities
- Health Care Resources: For information on the resources available to hospitals, health care providers, and other facilities for equipment, supplies, medical treatment, mental health and addiction funding, vaccine development, rural health care, and Medicare – Stabenow.senate.gov/healthcareresources.
- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provides a dedicated $9.5 billion disaster fund to help farmers who are experiencing financial losses from the coronavirus crisis, including targeted support for fruit and vegetable growers, livestock and dairy farmers, and local food producers. This website will be updated once more information is available from USDA.
- Local School Districts: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provides assistance for local school districts – Stabenow.senate.gov/localschools.
- Tribes: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provides assistance for tribes – Stabenow.senate.gov/tribes.
- Rural Communities: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provides relief for rural hospitals, health care providers, and facilities. New funds for high speed internet expansion and telemedicine tools can help rural patients access medical care no matter where they live. USDA guaranteed loans can help rural businesses weather the economic downturn. For more information -- Stabenow.senate.gov/rural.
- Help for Veterans: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provides assistance for veterans: Stabenow.senate.gov/veterans.
State and Federal Government Agencies
- State of Michigan: For the latest on the State of Michigan’s response to the virus, please visit: Michigan.gov/coronavirus.
- Michigan Attorney General: To understand the Governor’s Stay Home Stay Safe Executive Order and for guidance to police and prosecutors, visit the Michigan Attorney General’s Coronavirus resources information page at Michigan.gov/ag.
- Centers for Disease Control: You can find prevention tips and the latest updates on the virus from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at: Cdc.gov/coronavirus.
Coronavirus Donations & Volunteer Opportunities
- State of Michigan Volunteer Site: Trained medical professionals can register to serve by assisting hospitals. Other state residents can give blood, donate money or needed medical supplies, or assist public health officials in tracking infections: Michigan.gov/fightcovid19.
- Donations to the State of Michigan: To donate resources to the state to combat the coronavirus, contact the Michigan Community Service Commission at COVID19donations@michigan.gov or call 517-335-4295.
- Pure Michigan Business Connect: is identifying the need for critical supplies or services by health and human service providers and local municipalities and connecting them with businesses and suppliers capable of filling these needs through immediate supply or manufacturing. For more information: Pmbc.connect.space/covid19/forms.
- FEMA Help: For information on private sector help, volunteering, or making donations, visit Fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help.