Sarbanes Coronavirus Update 3/14/2020
I'm writing to share some new information and the latest developments regarding our efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Last night, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), an economic relief package that will provide American families with financial stability and security amid the coronavirus pandemic. This package builds on the $8.3 billion in emergency funding passed by Congress and signed into law last week to help federal, state and local governments fight the virus and keep Americans safe.
I also wanted to let you know about several new developments in Maryland:
Special Open Enrollment Period: In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange -- our state's health insurance marketplace -- will hold a special open enrollment period. From Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, April 15, Maryland residents without health insurance can sign-up and get covered. For more information see here.
Reduced WMATA Services: Beginning on Monday, March 16, Metro will reduce the frequency of its train and bus services. This may impact Maryland commuters who are unable to telework. For more information, see here.
You can also find useful resources on my website.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
*Steps to Prevent Illness
*What to Do If You Are Sick
*Information for Travel
*Frequently Asked Questions about the Coronavirus
Baltimore City Department of Health
Baltimore County Department of Health
Coronavirus Hotline: (410) 887-3816
Montgomery County Department of Health
Phone: (240) 777-1755
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)
BGE is also suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges at least until May 1. It will also be working with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance options. For more information about BGE's payment assistance programs, see here.
John P. Sarbanes
Maryland's Third Congressional District