Briefing for Nonprofits on Federal, State and Local Government Response to COVID-19


Jace Woodrum: Good morning. I think we are going, I am seeing a lot of attendees joining us. So we’ll just give it a minute here to let people log on. Jace Woodrum: Good morning. Welcome. We’re just letting folks log on, we have more than 500 people who registered to be with us today. So make may take a minute or two for everyone to get plugged in here. Jace Woodrum: Just a reminder to everybody. Kyle Legleiter: To mute your lines until you’re ready to start talking for the panelists and for all the attendees will keep you muted. Jace Woodrum: Okay. People are still joining but I already see the most common questions that we, that we have coming up. So we’ll, we’ll get to those right as we start, I’m going to just give it another minute. I see we’ve got about almost 400 folks logged on we’re expecting closer to 500 Jace Woodrum: So stand by two. To begin, everyone is coming in muted with no video and we’re going to keep you that way. Not because we don’t like, Yeah, but because we’re really testing the bounds of technology today. Jace Woodrum: Okay everyone, we still have folks joining, but we have a lot that we want to pack into this session today. Jace Woodrum: So we’re going to go ahead and get started. Good morning. My name is Jace woodrum. I’m a senior officer on the policy team at the Colorado Health Foundation. Jace Woodrum: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for joining us for this webinar briefing today. I know how exceptionally busy. Everyone is Jace Woodrum: During this really chaotic time so I’m grateful that you’ve signed on today for this conversation. Jace Woodrum: If you are anything like me, you’re feeling majorly majorly overwhelmed at all the policy changes that are happening essentially every minute. Jace Woodrum: In fact, a new policy could be enacted while we are talking for the next hour. So I hope that you can roll with the punches with us. Jace Woodrum: And hopefully we can clarify some of what’s going on. We’re going to be talking about the government responses to covert at the federal, state, and local levels. Jace Woodrum: Will also touch on at the very end, the philanthropic response. So a lot that we want to cover today we are going to keep things big picture. Jace Woodrum: There’s so much going on so many different kinds of folks on today that we could never cover everything that everyone is interested in, but we will do our best with giving a high level overview Jace Woodrum: We have more than 500 people on you are all muted and we blocked your video to ensure the best quality webinar possible Jace Woodrum: Given that this will be less of a back and forth conversation than anyone wants to have Jace Woodrum: But hopefully, we’ll all learn something and we’ll try to answer, at least some of your questions in the time we have together. I just want to go ahead and say that we won’t get to all of your questions in this one webinar but please think of this as a first conversation and not allow Jace Woodrum: We’re going to be doing Q AMP. A at the end of the webinar today. So we can get through all of our content, please put all of your questions into the chat. Jace Woodrum: If we don’t get to them today. We still want to know what they are. Jace Woodrum: We’re planning to provide additional resources after this webinar, so please don’t censor yourself. Jace Woodrum: Ask away all the questions that have been keeping you up at night, please put them in the chat box will cover some of them at the end of our conversation. And then we’ll, we’ll try to figure out how to answer others in the future. Jace Woodrum: And I know this has already been asked because some of you are well prepared when you come to webinars. We’re all Jace Woodrum: getting pretty good at this. We are recording this webinar, we will make the recording available after the fact. We will also share the slides we will have other resources in a follow up email. So we’ve got you covered there. Jace Woodrum: I think I’m ready to move on to the meat of the day. Jace Woodrum: So panelists. Get ready. Jace Woodrum: I have two super smart people with me, Kyle Rojas lead glider. He’s our Senior Policy Director at the color Health Foundation. Jace Woodrum: And Don Joyce’s a vice president with the wind health group. We are going to start with dawn and the Federal landscape, Don. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for being here with us. Jace Woodrum: I’ve been reading the news. I’ve been getting completely stressed out every time I do Jace Woodrum: But when I’ve been reading. I feel like I’ve heard about three big legislative packages is, is that right and Danny, I’m going to let you know to please go ahead and advance the slide and Dawn take us away here. Dawn Joyce: Good morning, everyone. Thank you very much, Jason. Dawn Joyce: Yes, indeed. That is correct. Thus far, we have three packages at the federal level that will be going through and answering questions about from questions from Jason about briefly today. And there are Dawn Joyce: JC actually Charlie delve into them now. Jace Woodrum: Yeah, let’s. Next slide. Danny just will will do the top three and then go through each package back one Danny. Dawn Joyce: Great. So there, as indicated on your slide here and again the slides will go out to you via email so you’ll have these as well as a significant number of French documents to get into detail. Jace Woodrum: There are three legislative packages. Dawn Joyce: On two of which have passed, one of which the text was Dawn Joyce: Released about last night. So as Jay said. All of this is very much fluid. Next slide please. Jace Woodrum: The first package. Dawn Joyce: By and large, would it focuses on is federal is funding, it’s a Dawn Joyce: It’s a supplemental Dawn Joyce: Package. It focuses specifically on funding for the federal, state and global response. Dawn Joyce: This includes a nearly half of the funding is specifically alligator allocated for research and development and also purchasing once it’s available related to vaccines. Dawn Joyce: With respect to coded vaccines therapeutic so medications that you can treat it with once those are available and diagnostics. It’s also that large portion of funding is also designated specifically for Dawn Joyce: stockpiling those things to make them available for the Dawn Joyce: Nation, about a quarter of the funding is specifically designated for public health funding. Dawn Joyce: And this includes when it actually gets to Colorado about $9.3 million that of the funding that’s been allocated so far. That’s what’s designated for our state for specifically for public health emergency preparedness. Dawn Joyce: And there is a little bit of funding in it for community health centers. There’s a lot more funding potentially in what’s pending right now in our third Dawn Joyce: Package for community health centers which is essential, of course. Dawn Joyce: There is also, apart from the funding in that first package. Dawn Joyce: The piece that it also included was significant flexibilities to expand Telehealth specifically for Medicare. We know, of course, this is needed across all populations. Dawn Joyce: As given it initial data indicated it was most dangerous to the older population. This was included in the first package. Dawn Joyce: So it. And since guidance has been released that specifically expand. How much Telehealth can be utilized as much as possible for our Medicare population. Next slide please. Dawn Joyce: John I’ll just sort of put Jace Woodrum: A put a bow on this to say like, it felt like the first thing that Congress did was, like, try to fight the virus itself right this risk of exposure exposure vaccine development Tele health is that is that kind of a good wrap up of what that first package was really meant to do. Dawn Joyce: Yes, exactly. Basically, to try to strengthen our public health system that otherwise been woefully underfunded for Dawn Joyce: Decades and great news since it’s a hard time to ever share great news as folks likely saw earlier this week. There are indeed vaccine trials. Dawn Joyce: Underway in Washington state that’s building off of a science that was already in process, unfortunately, complimentary to what’s happening. So yeah, that’s a great wrap up. Dawn Joyce: Of that first package. Thank you, Jason. Jace Woodrum: For so high level, what is the second package all about Dawn Joyce: So the second package is all about protecting consumers. Dawn Joyce: So this is to it extends no cost sharing for all Kobe 19 diagnostic testing we previously had seen Dawn Joyce: high cost sharing so associated with that initially Dawn Joyce: It also creates state options to expand that testing and allow it to be funded and paid for when provided to the uninsured. Dawn Joyce: At 100% at the federal on federal dime, which is great, but you have to take state action to be able to do that. Additionally, recognizing that there’s a lot going on with the economy potentially Dawn Joyce: Increases in Medicaid, etc. It includes a significant 6.2% increase Dawn Joyce: In federal funding for Medicaid. So the portion of our program of our Medicaid program that will be paid for by the federal government. Dawn Joyce: That will certainly be helpful. Dawn Joyce: As lots of folks have Dawn Joyce: Heard about it does indeed include provisions related to Dawn Joyce: Emergency family and medical leave as well as paid sick leave. That’s something that in the questions were happy to answer questions about and get into those details. There’s also details included Dawn Joyce: In the materials that folks will be receiving what’s important to note there is that almost all of the provisions in that and in the bill that’s Dawn Joyce: A pending that the text was released about last night. All of those applied to companies with 500 or fewer employees there also are currently some exemptions in the third package related to this for federal employees. It gives gal, the chance to Jace Woodrum: exempt them. So let’s Dawn Joyce: Have to see what happens there. Dawn Joyce: And it also expands the kind of protective gear. We’ve all heard about this severe shortages and that Dawn Joyce: It expands that and and offers liability coverage for kinds of masks etc that aren’t ideal, but are better than nothing to utilize so that companies providing those Dawn Joyce: Aren’t liable if things were to go wrong and then important from a public health perspective things Dawn Joyce: Around data sharing, because we can’t get ahold of this if we don’t actually understand what’s going on. And last, and we’re happy to answer questions about this. Dawn Joyce: Down during the question section, particularly with my colleague Taylor calories, who’s on the line as it does a lot to create additional flexibilities and additional access to nutrition, which of course is essential at this time. Jace Woodrum: Thank you, Don. So okay, so this is really about like protecting Americans who are impacted and we know that number is really, really increasing every day. Okay, so we said there were three packages and what is the third one all about Dawn Joyce: The next slide. Jace Woodrum: Danny. Dawn Joyce: Great, thank you. Dawn Joyce: The third one is an enormous stimulus package, I will also include more information about this. Dawn Joyce: When we send out the information. So this would be this. Again, the text of it was just released last night. This is McConnell’s version of it. There is a democratic version of it, we’re likely to hopefully see a vote on this next week. Dawn Joyce: I’d like to just highlight a few really high level things. So it would be the largest and most extensive and expensive stimulus package in American history. It does include individual payments that folks have heard about those do have Dawn Joyce: Parameters placed on them in this version. Dawn Joyce: Based on income and family size capping out at Dawn Joyce: family incomes of Dawn Joyce: 99,000 and above would receive pieces of it which is different than initially thinking it would give it to all Americans. They are indeed focusing hopefully on where the need is the greatest Dawn Joyce: And it also includes significant loans for businesses and corporations that are hit the hardest at least thus far in terms of the economy. Dawn Joyce: Things like our airlines include significant pieces with respect to small business loans. We all know that those pieces are struggling enormously. Dawn Joyce: And are the backbone of our economy. It does delay our tax filings from April 15 until July 15 and waive certain things like people that need it can pull money out of their retirement if it’s coronavirus related and they don’t pay Dawn Joyce: Fines based on that as they usually would. And then, there also are pieces around educational loans, both in terms of it gives the secretary of the option. Dawn Joyce: So like basically pause those. It’s not that that has happened yet. It also let students who we know are leaving you know have have all had to leave their universities. Dawn Joyce: To utilize and maintain their Pell grants as many may need to do, literally, to have a place to live. So it’s this enormous stimulus for the economy, but trying to target, specifically the areas that are needed, and it does outline a lot more detail around the paid sick and families. Jace Woodrum: It’s really remarkable to me that it looks like three packages of legislation will pass Congress when Jace Woodrum: Legislation passing through Congress seems like such a rare thing, but it really seems to be happening in record time and it’s really not just Congress Jace Woodrum: I feel like my phone has been buzzing nonstop with New York Times alerts about like this agency doing X, and another agency doing why. And I know we Jace Woodrum: can’t cover everything that all of the agencies are doing, but can you tell us a little bit about some of the biggest things that federal agencies have done. Jace Woodrum: And next slide, Daddy. Jace Woodrum: Great, thank you. So, there Dawn Joyce: There are various pieces with that we’d have an announcement, we Dawn Joyce: Don’t have actual guidance related to this yet. Dawn Joyce: Around housing. There are a few things that folks have likely seen in the media. Dawn Joyce: So there was mentioned in the White House briefing that they’re planning to pause any and all foreclosure and evictions, at least through the end of April. There’s also reports of this bill that it’s about 300 pages last night. So hence why we’ve read as Dawn Joyce: Much as we can, but Dawn Joyce: It’s a lot to master in a short amount of time. Dawn Joyce: So that it does look like there are protections for mortgages. There were those pieces. Dawn Joyce: Could be delayed. Additionally, there’s well there’s all kinds of things. There’s pieces of it just happened to try to drastically expand access to hand sanitizer, which we all know is very difficult to access at the moment. There’s other pieces to allow Dawn Joyce: For example, they’re they’re trying to pull all of the masks that are otherwise used in construction companies and make those available to hospitals and things like this. The last thing that I do want to mention with respect to that this is not a federal agency. Dawn Joyce: But it’s the executive branch, but Dawn Joyce: The, the White House has both declared a state of emergency as folks know and that creates flexibilities for us. Additionally, under the defense Production Act. Dawn Joyce: That that has been like partially evoked but not Dawn Joyce: Fully activated, if you will. It’s a bit complicated. Dawn Joyce: That has the potential to Dawn Joyce: Reportedly, make Dawn Joyce: Up to 5,000,095 respirator masks available, which of course are very much needed. And essentially, this is a wartime measure that that would allow the executive branch to call an industry in our country to direct its resources towards making what we actually need to address the pandemic. Dawn Joyce: And when any of the materials that will be sent out. It has a full summary of all of the guidance that has been implemented. Dawn Joyce: As of yesterday morning. Jace Woodrum: Thank you. Dawn and yeah another reminder of how quickly this is changing minute by minute and we’ll send out the slides and more Jace Woodrum: Information, but that information could be out of date. You know, the second we hit send, because everything is Jace Woodrum: Really just moving so fast. And if you’re feeling like that was a ton of information to take in from dawn. You are not alone. Jace Woodrum: If you are feeling like you just took a ride on one hell of an emotional roller coaster know that I am screaming with my hands up right beside you. Jace Woodrum: These are challenging times for all of us, and especially for those of you who are serving the most vulnerable among guys so Jace Woodrum: If you feel like you need to press escape and get out of this webinar to go on a run or grab a stiff drink. I will understand. I hope you’ll stick with us, though. Jace Woodrum: I’ve seen a lot of questions come in in through the chat box. So please keep that up. We’ll try to get to some at the end. Jace Woodrum: And then we’ll, we’ll have to. I’m sure have many other webinars or other ways of sharing resources with you. And speaking of that, Jace Woodrum: We have a question for you. To that end, Danny. If you would please launch our first poll question. We want to know from you, what kinds of resources would be most helpful to you during this time. Jace Woodrum: Our webinars like this on additional topics most helpful. Are you more of a reader. Do you want blog posts of emails with information resources. Jace Woodrum: Would you like opportunities to connect virtually with other nonprofits who are wrestling with some of the same questions and challenges or are you hungry for a discussion with policymakers. Jace Woodrum: Let us know what resources are most helpful to you during this time as you are answering that question. We’re going to shift our focus to the state level and bring Kyle into this conversation Don’s going to hang with us for questions later. Kyle. Jace Woodrum: We could talk about the number of things that the governor’s office is doing. So I’d like us to start with a big one. On March 10 governor polis declared a state of emergency. What does that mean, what does it do what is it done. Talk to us a little bit about that. Kyle Legleiter: Great. First is, can you hear me the all clear that you can hear me. And I’m not still on mute. Jace Woodrum: All clear. I can hear ya. Great. Good morning, everybody. Kyle Legleiter: So, as Jason mentioned the governor did declare statewide state of emergency. On March 10 and I sort of Kyle Legleiter: The way the eyes synthesize. What that means is it does a few things that are sort of unlocked with that emergency declaration. One is sort of additional authority for the governor and state agencies to do things in very short order that they otherwise would not be able to Kyle Legleiter: Do it gives the administration, a Kyle Legleiter: Lot more flexibility, about how they do business and how quickly they could do business and the ability to tap into some resources. Kyle Legleiter: That they otherwise would not have access to you without the state legislature acting. So I’ll give you a few examples of what each of those have looked like. Kyle Legleiter: Since that emergency declaration on March 10 so in the vein of additional authority of things that the governor ordinarily wouldn’t be able to do Kyle Legleiter: Is the statewide closure of schools now across the state of Colorado. Kyle Legleiter: That’s something that ordinarily school boards and local schools have the authority to do but the emergency declaration gives the framework where the governor now has the legal authority to take actions like that. Kyle Legleiter: And a lot of the news that you’ve seen covered in the media has really focused on those kinds of Kyle Legleiter: Interruptions suspensions modifications to how we go about doing business in our daily lives here in Colorado. Kyle Legleiter: The governor has set up a great website to sort of keep pace with and announce, all that stuff in real time that we will send a link out to everybody. Kyle Legleiter: And so that will be at your fingertips after this webinar and the vein of additional flexibilities are unlocked with this emergency declaration that gives Kyle Legleiter: State agencies, the ability to do emergency rule packages around things like paid sick time or healthcare workforce regulations that allow us to surge up the workforce and the types of people who can deliver healthcare services during this crisis moment in Colorado. Jace Woodrum: On the resources France. Kyle Legleiter: The governor now has the ability to tap into some emergency funds. One of the things that they were immediately able to do is unlock this pool of $4 million Kyle Legleiter: within state government that didn’t require action from the state legislature that they have now. Kyle Legleiter: nimbly deployed to standing up some of the things like public communications and scaling up the medical response to the coven 19 outbreak in Colorado. So that’s another thing that the emergency declaration has unlocked. Kyle Legleiter: And one of the other and really significant things that does is prioritize and focuses the apparatus of state agencies and Colorado to focus specifically on coca related issues right now. Kyle Legleiter: And so in the the resources, you’ll receive Kyle Legleiter: From the wind health team that Don started alluding to, with additional flexibilities that federal agencies have unlocked for how programs like Kyle Legleiter: nap in work and school meals and Medicaid and Medicare are administered across the state of Colorado. Kyle Legleiter: A lot of those additional federal flexibilities require states to essentially opt into those flexibilities and to tell the federal government. Kyle Legleiter: Here’s what we need to do to adapt to the situation on the ground and so you’ll see state agencies like Kyle Legleiter: The department of health care policy and financing which administers Medicaid and CHIP across the state of Colorado, the Department of Human Services which administers lots of food assistance programs. Kyle Legleiter: This is their number one focus right now. And a lot of those state agencies have set up. Kyle Legleiter: Dedicated coven landing pages on their websites to keep the public and stakeholders, like you informed. Kyle Legleiter: And as real time as possible about the status of the kinds of waivers that they’re requesting of the federal government and how they’re responding to the additional flexibility of that they now have in this moment. Jace Woodrum: Thanks Kyle. So one of the things you mentioned is one of the things I’ve been following most closely because it impacts my life. Like what’s closing ski slope schools do these Jace Woodrum: gatherings of 10 people or more, but what I have not felt like I have a good grip on and I’m going to guess that most of us don’t have a great grip on it is what’s going on with testing. So can you tell us what the state has been doing to get people tested. Kyle Legleiter: Yeah, so some of the immediate things that they’ve been doing are creating these like landing pages. Kyle Legleiter: For folks to get real time information about a rapidly evolving situation with testing for Kobe right now and we’ll send out sort of the two top places that you could go for real time information about testing available via the state government, it’s the Kyle Legleiter: colorado.gov landing page for all things code and then CDP at the Colorado Department of Public Health and environments coded landing page. Kyle Legleiter: Is where you’ll see the latest breaking news about that. But some of the stuff that’s already being done across the state is extending the number of places that testing is administered right now. Kyle Legleiter: As well as the kinds of health professionals that are cleared to conduct these kinds of tests. So, for example, one of those emergency rule packages that Kyle Legleiter: The emergency declaration gave state government, the flexibility to do was giving all emergent Kyle Legleiter: All EMT is across Colorado sort of a path to do this kind of testing. And that’s something that wasn’t necessarily within their scope of practice before now, but they are taking steps to expand and increase as they are able Kyle Legleiter: To the number of places that people can go to you for testing, as well as the number of people and the types of people who are cleared to administer and conduct and to collect these tests. Kyle Legleiter: And creating landing pages on the web for folks to go to get as current information as possible about how that rapidly changing picture is shaping up across the state. Jace Woodrum: So the impact to the economy has already been significant and we’re still really early days here. Jace Woodrum: I mean, unemployment claims is skyrocket and tourism is screech to a halt in the stock market it. It’s bad. So what has the governor been doing to try to help address the negative economic impacts. Kyle Legleiter: Yeah, so this is a another major front of activity across levels of government on the state front, there’s been a number of things that speak and sort of address specifically towards individuals who’ve seen Kyle Legleiter: Potentially their employment situation change overnight with a lot of the closures and other things are happening right now related to code 19 Kyle Legleiter: One of the best places that folks can go to for information about that is the Colorado Department of Labor, Employment Kyle Legleiter: Website and landing page that’s where you can find information about the unemployment claims process and how that is changing in Colorado. Kyle Legleiter: And you’re right, we’ve seen a very rapid surge and unemployment claims filings across the states. This stuff is getting shut down across different sectors in our economy. Kyle Legleiter: As well as information about a package of emergency sick time rules that the governor did shortly after Kyle Legleiter: That emergency declaration back on March 10 that expands, who has access to that kind of stuff. Kyle Legleiter: And then there’s a number of sort of business facing measures are being taken in Colorado that had been unlocked by the emergency declarations both the state and the federal level. Kyle Legleiter: And specifically some small business loan opportunities are available through the small business administration’s economic injury disaster loan program. Kyle Legleiter: They’re now coming online to help small businesses who seen Kyle Legleiter: an interruption or suspension to their ability to do business. And that has effects, both of the business itself and for the workers and employees who’ve been employed by the small businesses. Kyle Legleiter: And there is a landing page to go to you for information about that that will share out the link to as well. It is choose Colorado calm. Jace Woodrum: So it’s not just the governor. When you think about the state level and I know I’ve been reading and probably most folks have seen that the state legislature just shut down mid session. Jace Woodrum: And that of all the things that are happening, that is one and yet another thing that has made me quite nervous, so what what is going on there. And if the legislature is in session. Of course it is it what will happen with the state budget, the one bill they absolutely have to pass. Jace Woodrum: Yeah, so this is a Kyle Legleiter: Another situation where I feel myself groping for a minute synonyms of unprecedented or fluid situation and all that, but you are right. Kyle Legleiter: To sort of observe that the social distancing recommendations and restrictions on gatherings of large groups of people. Kyle Legleiter: The legislature, just as an institution is one of those institutions, it’s been affected by those recommendations and so they did take Kyle Legleiter: The unprecedented step this week of suspending their operations mid legislative session this week. Kyle Legleiter: And that has not been done before. And so the legislature did a flurry of sort of must take care of things. Shortly before they went on hiatus to prepare them to sort of go dark for a little bit of time and we don’t know yet. Kyle Legleiter: Exactly when the legislature is going to come back. That is a fluid situation. Kyle Legleiter: But they did want to just as people and humans and the state capitol being a place that Kyle Legleiter: An ordinary times during session as a as a hub of activity. They did want to set that down just to respect the social distancing recommendations from public health officials. Kyle Legleiter: And so we are in uncharted territory with the state legislature going dark halfway through its regular course of work. Kyle Legleiter: In the legislative session that even in a normal year is really busy with a lot of activity. Kyle Legleiter: One of the things that the legislature had not yet gotten to before they went on hiatus was developing and passing the state budget for the next fiscal year, and that is another thing that is rapidly changing and response to the changing economic conditions because of Kyle Legleiter: And so whenever the legislature comes back to business passing the state budget and then coming up with a state budget for next year. Kyle Legleiter: Will likely be their top priority and main area focus when it whenever they come back and get to conducting business again. Kyle Legleiter: But there was some breaking news earlier this week that impacts the state budgets that was delivered to the legislature as they prepared to go dark and that is an updated economic forecasts for the state of Colorado. Kyle Legleiter: And this is something that happens on a regular schedule with the the legislative process. And essentially, it’s a it’s a way for the folks in the state legislature, who are responsible for writing the state. Kyle Legleiter: Budget for Colorado to estimate how much money is available, based on the tax revenues that we expect Kyle Legleiter: Given the economic conditions in Colorado. That helps them to the to determine an estimate how big of a pie. They have to distribute Kyle Legleiter: When we started the state legislative session back in January, the economic forecasts that we had at that point in time estimated that we had ballpark about $800 million more to play with in the state budget for the next fiscal year than we had in the current Kyle Legleiter: Fiscal year Kyle Legleiter: The Kyle Legleiter: State economic forecasts that the legislature got earlier this week. Jace Woodrum: Essentially warn them that Kyle Legleiter: economic conditions are contracting rapidly and that $800 million that they had started the sessions were Kyle Legleiter: Thinking that would be available is probably not going to happen. So they’re warning to the legislature was Kyle Legleiter: Probably the most optimistic scenario for the state budget next year is that it will be flat with this current year’s budget, which means no new money for anything new and next year state budgets. Kyle Legleiter: And know increases for existing programs and services, even if they’re just increases to keep pace with inflation or population growth or more people needing services in light of Kyle Legleiter: Changing economic conditions and there. There was a fairly stark warning, but that’s probably the optimistic scenario if the if the economic impact of covet 19 Kyle Legleiter: Continues to worsen the legislature could find itself in a scenario where they actually have to cut from the existing budget. Kyle Legleiter: When they’re able to return to working on the state budget when they come back to business. Whenever that may be. So the top line there to take away from that is Kyle Legleiter: The state budget texture is one of the top areas of focus for the legislature when they come back to work. Kyle Legleiter: And in the meantime, they’re absorbing a lot of sobering news about what they will have to work with and the probably very tough decisions that they will need to make when they come back. Jace Woodrum: To session. Kyle Legleiter: And focus on testing a budget for the next fiscal year. Jace Woodrum: Well, that was some sobering news on our end as well. We’re always in a tough budget situations here in Colorado and seems like this year. Jace Woodrum: Tough doesn’t begin to describe it. We’re seeing questions come in through the chat. Thank you. Some of them. Keep your eye on the chat. Some of our panelists are answering Jace Woodrum: In the chat itself. So keep an eye on that. I know that many of you want to dig in on specific areas like healthcare hunger. Jace Woodrum: Housing. We won’t get to that level of detail today, but we do want to create other opportunities. So, so keep those questions coming in and Danny, can you bring up the second poll question. Jace Woodrum: We’d like to know what topics you would most like to know more about as we move forward. So hunger and food assistance housing, healthcare early childhood in K through 12 education. Jace Woodrum: The economy and employment or unemployment issues, something else. You can’t tell us what something else is through this technology, but I still like to know if there’s something else that that you’re interested in and we’ll make our best guests or will be able to find you all Jace Woodrum: All these are not anonymous polls. I don’t believe so, let us know what you are interested in knowing more about and digging in deeper on in the future. Jace Woodrum: And we’re going to shift our attention now to what local governments are doing Kyle is is going to continue to tell us about local governments and they shut down to Kyle Legleiter: The short answer is yes. Many of them have and a lot of them are taking action very quickly in response to Kobe 19 Kyle Legleiter: But the good news for all of you on the webinar today is that, thanks to a brain trust the partners that we have at the cardinal Health Foundation. Kyle Legleiter: With a local government firm and CRM associates and power map we have set up a great resource that will help you to keep track of all the different things that Kyle Legleiter: Local governments like cities, counties, and local school districts across the state of Colorado are doing Kyle Legleiter: It’s a live tracker of emergency declarations policy decisions service modifications and all that the local governments are doing so in follow up to this webinar you will get a link to this. Kyle Legleiter: Live web page where you will be able to see in real time as our partners are able Kyle Legleiter: That changing picture of a city governments county governments and school districts across the state of Colorado and what they’re doing so. Kyle Legleiter: It’s a lot of information that’s changing really quickly, but we are creating the space for you to be able to keep tabs on that, but just stepping back from the flood of information of what we’re seeing in that local government action tracker that will make available to everybody. It’s Kyle Legleiter: Really does seem like the first wave of activity for a Kyle Legleiter: Lot of local governments. Kyle Legleiter: Has been figuring out Kyle Legleiter: Issues for themselves. Justice organizations that many of you. Kyle Legleiter: In the nonprofit community are figuring out in real time in your own organizations like what to do with your facilities, what to do with your employees in the time of social distancing and all that. Kyle Legleiter: In pivoting to conducting business in different ways. Kyle Legleiter: The good news for a lot of local governments, is that many of them had emergency preparedness plans and all that, that they had developed previously. Kyle Legleiter: That gives them a good framework and a good jumping off point about how to do that kind of stuff. Kyle Legleiter: So how do you conduct a city council meeting or a school board meeting or a county commission meeting and still make decisions that they need to make right now. Kyle Legleiter: Virtually another ways are different from how they normally conduct their business so that they don’t have to figure all of this stuff out on the fly. Jace Woodrum: I will say that Kyle Legleiter: A lot of the very early decisions and activities that local governments are doing after they activate and declare those emergency plans. Kyle Legleiter: It’s just like I said and figuring out what to do with their employees, a lot of local governments are major employers and communities across the state of Colorado, they employ a lot of people in Colorado, so Kyle Legleiter: How do they continue to do their business. How do they keep their employees safe and healthy through these times. Kyle Legleiter: And then figuring out what to do with all the facilities that they operate. So Kyle Legleiter: And we have seen a number of closers on that front. When it comes to things like recreation centers libraries city, city buildings that kind of stuff. So Kyle Legleiter: Just figuring out how to address those kinds of things to and then translating what those closures mean to the types of services that local governments provide the Coloradans Kyle Legleiter: All the time. And what types of services need to be suspended or interrupted entirely in which ones can continue in some kind of albeit modified shape and form going forward. So Kyle Legleiter: For example, for school districts. We know that a lot of them are really focusing on how they get school meals that a lot of their students rely on ordinarily Kyle Legleiter: In nutrition resources delivered to students and families and other shapes or forms when kids are no longer going to school and all that. So that’s been a major wave of activity that we’ve seen across local governments in Colorado. Kyle Legleiter: Once they get over that hump of figuring out what to do with their facilities with their employees with which services can continue and in which shapes or forms. Kyle Legleiter: Then we see local governments starting to turn their attention to some policy decisions. Kyle Legleiter: As they’re able to get over that, that first wave of activity and a lot of the policy decisions we’ve started to see a bird’s from local governments. Kyle Legleiter: Focus on the kinds of things that they have within their, their local authority to give folks who are impacted by the changing economic conditions or by the Kyle Legleiter: Set downs and Kyle Legleiter: an interruption. So normal business in normal life across Colorado, the good folks and grace on things like fees and deadlines. We’ve seen a lot of talk about Kyle Legleiter: moratoriums on evictions and utility setups and all that. So when you’re able to get access to this local government tracker, you’ll be able to see a lot of that stuff starting to show up across cities across counties and across school districts in Colorado, about how they can Kyle Legleiter: Help out the constituents in the Colorado that they normally serve with the tools that they have in their toolbox. Jace Woodrum: That’s a lot going on at a local level. And I have to say it feels pretty impossible to even keep up with what the federal and state governments are doing. How is anyone supposed to keep up with what local governments are doing to Kyle Legleiter: Yeah. So we hope that this tracker of local government activity gives you one stop shopping to be able to keep pace with that, as I said, we have a team of folks and contractors who are working on keeping that as up to date as possible. Kyle Legleiter: And so you’ll see sort of city by city, county by county or school this school district by school district what we know and links to where those local institutions are posting their announcements. Kyle Legleiter: As those become available and just some some ways that I think that that tracker that we hope that that tracker could be useful to nonprofit organizations on the call today is that Kyle Legleiter: If you’re an organization that works across communities in Colorado. This can help to give you a line of sight into what’s happening on the ground. Kyle Legleiter: In specific places across the state that you might be wondering about Kyle Legleiter: And if you’re an organization that’s anchored in a specific local community in Colorado, it might still give you some new information about what your local institutions are doing Kyle Legleiter: But also if you scan through the list of what other places across the state are doing as well. Kyle Legleiter: You might get some creative ideas that you can share with your local leaders. If you spot something that you see a different city a different county doing Kyle Legleiter: That might make sense for the situation that you see on the grounds unfolding in your local community. This could be a great way to sort of crowdsource some ideas and to share that with your local officials as well. So we do hope that this tracker is useful to folks. Jace Woodrum: Thanks Kyle. So a lot of response to some really tough news. And so that’s, I know what’s getting me through this the the way Jace Woodrum: People are responding and I feel very grateful to work at the color Health Foundation where we’ve been responding in some big ways we are just about to turn to audience questions. Jace Woodrum: I’m seeing the questions come in a number of questions are circling around this idea of what our nonprofits to do in this moment. So I want to bring a special guests into this conversation. Erica snow is one of our portfolio directors here at the cardinal Health Foundation. Jace Woodrum: Eric. I’m seeing I’m seeing questions come in and financial resources are always strained and now they’re more strain than ever at nonprofits. What are nonprofits to do. Can you tell us a little bit about what support is available either from the color Health Foundation or or other sources. Erica Snow: That’s. Thanks, Dave. I’m hoping you can all hear me saying, you’re good. Okay, great. Things are moving rapidly and changing rapidly in this space. Erica Snow: Just as much as you heard in the policy space. Erica Snow: On the philanthropic community is working to get supports out to Erica Snow: Community. This includes the Colorado. Erica Snow: Relief Fund yesterday. Some of you may have heard the governor unveiled the coded Erica Snow: 19 relief fund many foundations are contributing to this upper and to this includes the Colorado how foundation Erica Snow: These funds will supplement the governmental response to the virus and will help pay for things like medical supplies cleaning supplies food services, child care for emergency workers behavioral health supports and a lot more in that Erica Snow: If you are an organization that is needing help with a response. Erica Snow: You are likely going to be able to apply early next Erica Snow: Week, the website. We will then be sending out these materials is Erica Snow: Help Colorado now.org. There’s also information on this website on how to volunteer to include virtual volunteering as well as providing blood donation. Erica Snow: In addition, Erica Snow: There’s a lot happening statewide among the funding community to coordinate a statewide community response fun. So the Colorado hub foundation is also working in partnership with another number of funders across the state. Erica Snow: To create a coordinated plan to Erica Snow: Support the nonprofit. Erica Snow: Sector and addressing an Erica Snow: emergent needs right on top of the list is looking at getting supports out to the primary care safety net food and housing safety nets. Erica Snow: So we’ll be sharing more on that. But as it develops. There’s a number of local resources right now. A number of Community Foundation’s have stood up relief funds. Erica Snow: These include the aspen Community Foundation. Erica Snow: Community Foundation of Boulder County LP Mr foundation Erica Snow: Longmont Community Foundation. Erica Snow: And Pikes Peak Community Foundation. Erica Snow: As well as Colorado Springs how foundation just launched, they’re really fun today. Erica Snow: And there’s issues specific resources. Erica Snow: We know, for example, that food banks are especially hurting Erica Snow: Feeding Colorado food banks recommend referencing your local food banks website. Erica Snow: To learn how to contribute volunteer and find food assistance help also the statewide Colorado blueprint to end hunger program office is also coordinating food insecurity response. Erica Snow: Efforts, including working with funders to establish a fund. Erica Snow: That organizations. Erica Snow: Will be able to tap into for emergent needs. Erica Snow: They’re seeking currently seeking community input. Erica Snow: And there’s a survey out in the field and we will Erica Snow: Be sending the link to the survey. Erica Snow: So more information. Erica Snow: On that and please if you have time, provide input into that survey. Erica Snow: And then finally, there are support through the Colorado nonprofit Association doing is compiled a set of resources to help nonprofits navigate the business operations in the midst of this crisis. So there’s a number of resources on their website. Erica Snow: So we’ll be keeping our website up today as well with with these resources. And again, sending these all out to you after the session today. Jace Woodrum: And I see a number of folks are also putting resources in the chat box we I believe will gather everything up. Jace Woodrum: In the, in the chat box to make sure that we’re we’re capturing everything that we send out to you after the fact. Erica. I wanted to see anything specific that the car to Health Foundation is doing that you wanted to touch on before we turn to audience questions. Yeah, so Erica Snow: We announced earlier this week that we are providing full flexibility with our grant funds for all projects and capacity building grants. Erica Snow: For grant. These are for current grantees for grantees with capital grants. Erica Snow: We ask that you contact your program officer and they can help navigate side but right now for stability with using funds to respond to probe at 19 for all our projects and capacity building grants. Erica Snow: We are also some suspending reporting requirements for all grants through June 30 and there’s no need, you can automatically have no cost extension on your current grants. Erica Snow: So those are some of the things that we are doing in the near term. And again, working rapidly to get out other resources to current grantees and to nonprofits across the state. In response to Erica Snow: Go that 19 Jace Woodrum: Thanks. Erica and and thanks to Don and Kyle as well. Those are all the questions that I had, but I know we’ve got a lot of questions in the chat box. I want to remind you Jace Woodrum: We won’t be able to answer, everyone’s questions today. We’ve got about 15 minutes so we’ll do our best to answer some of these Jace Woodrum: But remember, this is a first conversation not at last conversation. So we will we will be together again and some format to continue sharing information. Jace Woodrum: My colleague gene has been watching all the questions come in and he is going to try to make some very difficult decisions on what questions you go to our panelists gene. Are you with us in Kenya pose. The first question. Yeah. Jin Tsuchiya: Thank you, Jase. So the first question is about some of the impacted populations and Dawn. This one is for you. Jin Tsuchiya: What of the federal policy changes apply to the undocumented population within the country. Dawn Joyce: Great question. So I’m all way in. And then my colleagues. Dawn Joyce: I have three colleagues on the line as well if they went away and as well. Dawn Joyce: They’re absolutely welcome that. Dawn Joyce: I’m so one in terms of testing, it does not require Dawn Joyce: Testing only requires a doctor’s order and and and an ID that ID does not have to be a government issued ID. So it could be anything. Dawn Joyce: So that’s intended to try to make testing accessible to the undocumented community without the need for like a driver’s license. For example, which they may or may not have Dawn Joyce: That’s one piece, um, Dawn Joyce: We are seeing some additional funding and Phyllis is I was just Dawn Joyce: Chatting answering some of those questions in the chat about this, there Dawn Joyce: Is a large portion of funding $1.32 billion that’s included in the draft third package. I just want to stress that it’s a draft. Right. It hasn’t actually passed yet. There are other versions. Jace Woodrum: So if there’s something that isn’t hitting Dawn Joyce: The nail, quite rightly, by all means please call our elected officials that Dawn Joyce: Are that is Phyllis was just indicating that Dawn Joyce: That wouldn’t apply to all health centers in our state, but certainly that money is intended Dawn Joyce: To help support the community health centers who in turn make make access available to the undocumented community. Um, I don’t know if Taylor Elisa or Josh want to weigh in on any other pieces that are specific to that. Oh, I’m sorry. I do want to add one piece. Dawn Joyce: Before they do. Dawn Joyce: In terms of nutrition schools, at least my understanding is that schools, for example, as they share their nutritional resources are not requiring any kind of identification whatsoever. And that is specifically Dawn Joyce: So that it’s available to the entirety of the community, including are Dawn Joyce: Undocumented communities. Of course, this was already an enormous time of year for them with electrodes and so many other things under this administration and ice rates and California despite Dawn Joyce: In its lockdowns etc. I just want to recognize truly what a scary time it is those are the pieces I’m familiar with it included in the packages so far. Jin Tsuchiya: thanks. The next question is about any direct funding that you believe is coming from the feds to the community health centers and federally qualified health centers. Dawn Joyce: Okay, so that’s that. So I’m in the either first or second package. I’m probably not entirely clear at the moment I am one of the one of the packages that have actually packed it includes $100 million for CH sees Dawn Joyce: That, of course, if you were to divided evenly across the nation would only be $2 million for us, which is not very far would likely be less because we have a smaller population right compared to some other areas. Dawn Joyce: And the piece what’s included in the draft for the, the third package is $1.32 billion. Dawn Joyce: For health centers. Dawn Joyce: So again, like, by all means advocate with that color senators let them know like you either agree with the definition or you don’t want it to be broad in terms of how that can be used. Dawn Joyce: It’s as defined under section for folks that work in this arena 330 of the Public Health Service Act. And I, and I mentioned that in the chat. Jin Tsuchiya: Thanks, Don. Um, one question that came up quite a bit is around the new paid leave policy out of Congress. Do you know the mechanics of how that will be either Jin Tsuchiya: reimbursed or is it a credit Dawn Joyce: I don’t know, that’s a great question. Actually, I, I don’t know. This is actually an area we haven’t worked really extensively before because sadly, there’s been such a void of any paid leave in our country. Dawn Joyce: There are slides that are included in Dawn Joyce: The follow up materials that you’ll receive not just the slides that were used today but like our full deck of slides for this. Dawn Joyce: And that includes a number of slides that are specific to Simla and paid leave, it’s a great question about the mechanism by the time I got to that piece to be entirely honest, it was about to last night. And so it’s not entirely clear in my mind, I’m happy to Dawn Joyce: include that as part of our follow up. Dawn Joyce: What that mechanism is Dawn Joyce: It is described, but I don’t know offhand Elisa Josh or Taylor by chance to do, then you Dawn Joyce: Are any of you more familiar with that section. Dawn Joyce: Or just clearing your mind at the moment than I am. I apologize, folks. Dawn Joyce: Okay, well we do other questions, if they happen to be state or local I’ll pull up that part of the bill. Dawn Joyce: As well. Jace Woodrum: Sounds good. Jin Tsuchiya: Kyle This question is for you. Around what is happening at the state level, we still have a number of Jin Tsuchiya: Individuals who are uninsured. Jin Tsuchiya: Is anything happening here within the state to attempt to get more people covered Kyle Legleiter: Yeah, so the there are developments on a few different fronts there. One of the flexibilities that the national emergency declaration unlocks Kyle Legleiter: For Federal Center for Medicaid and Medicare, which oversees the Medicaid and Medicare programs is changing out Kyle Legleiter: Or sort of opening up how Medicaid and CHIP eligibility determinations are made and and all that. And so we’ve seen Kyle Legleiter: In Colorado. The department of health care policy and finance. Kyle Legleiter: Changed some rules and change up some policies and procedures about how folks who aren’t already in mobile enrolled in Medicaid and shift can get enrolled into those programs so Kyle Legleiter: I encourage folks to go to the website for the latest and greatest on that and I believe we have a link that we could share out Kyle Legleiter: So where they’re posting that kind of information. And then one other thing that happened earlier this week. Kyle Legleiter: That Colorado. The Colorado health benefit or health insurance exchange connect for health Colorado has opened a special enrollment period that’s open through April 3 for folks. If you want to purchase. Kyle Legleiter: coverage through the exchange. They now have the ability to do that outside of the the regular cycle of enrollment into health insurance. It’s made available through the exchange. Kyle Legleiter: And so you could go to connect for health Colorado calm and refer people there for the special enrollment period information that they just unlocked earlier this week. Jin Tsuchiya: Great, thank you. And something that Don mentioned as a federal policy change around Tele health, I believe, is also happening here locally through hiccups as well. Can you speak to any Kyle Legleiter: Tele health Jin Tsuchiya: Reimbursement changes. Kyle Legleiter: Yeah, so that’s been another major front of activity in the healthcare space is Kyle Legleiter: On the fly changing and how different services can be delivered to folks so that we’re Kyle Legleiter: less reliant on folks and actually going in physically to see their providers and a lot more services are able to be delivered via tele health and then reimbursed. Kyle Legleiter: To providers who are providing Tele health services so that we’re not doing as much, especially distance Kyle Legleiter: patients, providers and all that and minimizing contact among people who otherwise wouldn’t come into contact with one another and so Kyle Legleiter: A few places that folks can go for the latest and greatest. Whether you’re a provider, a patient or somebody interested in this topic and going deep into the details, there is again. Kyle Legleiter: The HC path website where they’re consolidating their covert 19 updates and for rule changes and policy changes there as well as the division of insurance which regulates Kyle Legleiter: For private insurance plans across the state of Colorado, they’re doing a lot of rulemaking and sort of unleashing additional flexibility is about how private insurance can pay for and deliver additional services via Telehealth and telemedicine. Dawn Joyce: Thank you. Kyle. Can I add one thing back to the previous question on for individuals interested in the paid sick leave pieces. Dawn Joyce: Of thanks to my colleague ELISA, we just shared the summary of it from the Appropriations Committee. So it’s in. It’s in one of the most recent LM Dawn Joyce: Segments of the chat function at the moment, also for individuals who can’t access that or don’t have access to the full bill I pasted the text. For those of you that specialize in that arena. Jin Tsuchiya: Thanks, Don. The next question is around childcare. What is the state doing to address the needs of child up for child care either from a workforce or public test. Kyle Legleiter: Yeah, so that’s another great question. And another sort of flurry of activity happening on that childcare front. Kyle Legleiter: One of the, the resources and things that the state has stood up is essentially some emergency childcare resources that will stay open. Kyle Legleiter: Particularly for children of frontline workers so healthcare personnel first responders folks like that you need to continue to show up at work and Kyle Legleiter: But having, you know, kids at home that they need to make sure are cared for and all that. So the main landing page, the state has stood up, which is Kyle Legleiter: Kovac co ve R n com Kyle Legleiter: Has some information about that kind of emergency, child care services for first responders and frontline workers that are available to them. Kyle Legleiter: And then for some of the, the state agencies that sort of regulate the childcare space and ordinary times like the Department of Human Services and all that. Kyle Legleiter: They’ve been doing alive, like emergency rules flexibility support for Kyle Legleiter: daycare centers, child care providers folksy provide family friend and neighbor care for young folks and all that. So the Department of Human Services is a good place to go for the latest and greatest on the childcare fronts in Colorado is that situation is changing too. Jace Woodrum: I think we have time for one more question. But I will go ahead and just draw your attention back to the screen of all the things we’re going to send you after the fact. There were so many questions about that we will send you everything we have. Jace Woodrum: We, we believe in radical sharing. So we will share out a lot. And then you can still ask for more gene. Would you give us one last question. Jin Tsuchiya: You got a lot of questions coming in through the chat around how local governments can support the homeless population and Jin Tsuchiya: If you’re aware of any examples. Kyle Legleiter: Yeah, so I would say that this is one area to keep your eyes peeled on that local government tracker that we’ve stood up and will be making available to folks. Kyle Legleiter: And I would sort of put that in the vein of, you know, Kyle Legleiter: Local governments are pivoting what they’re doing with their facilities that had been used for a different purpose like rec centers high school gyms, those kinds of things. That is something that a number of local Kyle Legleiter: Governments are thinking about activating those kinds of spaces and resources to make available to help folks experiencing homelessness. Kyle Legleiter: So that they have access to like handwashing facilities and can be socially distant from one another and and have access to services and all that. Kyle Legleiter: That’s been sort of something that local governments have largely gotten to after they get over that first wave of activity that I mentioned, you know, declaring emergencies figuring out Kyle Legleiter: What to how to conduct business and make decisions and what to do with their, their regular business and all that, but Kyle Legleiter: That is something I think is getting increasing attention from local governments across Colorado. So I encourage you to watch the space of the local government tracker. Kyle Legleiter: For some ideas that might be happening in your own community or ideas that other communities across Colorado are doing that you might want to share with Kyle Legleiter: community leaders and decision makers in your community. If it seems like it might be a good thing for you to to suggest that you try it out or activate in your own local community. Jace Woodrum: Great, thank you. Kyle and and thanks to all of you. We’re seeing a lot of resources coming through the chat box from from folks who are attending and listening in today. Jace Woodrum: So, so much brilliance across the state. And many of you took time out to to be with us. So I want to say thank you again, I believe that the chat function is recorded, so we won’t lose those resources. Jace Woodrum: And as you well know, we, we promise to share out. So I want to say thank you for joining us. Thank you to Kyle Don Erica gene to Danny who’s been behind the scenes doing everything Jace Woodrum: That you haven’t seen. So thank you. We will be back in touch with you with these resources and information shortly and please. Have a good weekend at home, take care.




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