NAELA Advocacy Victories in Latest COVID-19 Package 
Congress passed a massive 5,500+ page package that contained additional COVID-19 relief, appropriations for the remainder of the fiscal year, a deal on ameliorating surprise medical bills, and an extension expiring of health and tax policies.

• NAELA achieved victory on several fronts including:
• The lower Medical expense deduction threshold of 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income is now permanent; 
• Mandating spousal impoverishment protections to HCBS waivers is extended until September 2023.
• Funding for Money Follows the Person through 2023.

NAELA also worked in coalition, led by Consumer Voice, to block proposals that would provide broad legal immunity to long-term care facilities from becoming part of the package. Consumer Voice’s leadership on this issue was supported by a recent NAELA Foundation grant. The Elder Justice Coalition, of which NAELA is a founding member, also helped to secure $100 million for Elder Justice Act initiatives.

COVID-19 Package: Reference Materials
Legislative text
House Ways and Means Committee COVID-19 page
Second Round of Economic Impact Payments FAQ
One-Pager on Economic Impact Payments
Summary of Health-Related Provisions
No Surprises Act (surprise medical billing) Section-by-Section
Medicare, Medicaid, & Health and Human Services Extenders Section-by-Section
Unemployment Insurance Section-by-Section
Senate Finance Committee Chair Statement with links
Tax Section Summary