Sarbanes Coronavirus Update 3/14/2020

Sarbanes Coronavirus Update 3/14/2020

Dear Friend,
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
*Coronavirus Webpage
*Steps to Prevent Illness
*Coronavirus Symptoms
*What to Do If You Are Sick
*Information for Travel
*Frequently Asked Questions about the Coronavirus

Maryland Department of Health
Coronavirus Webpage
Frequently Asked Questions about the Coronavirus
Phone: (410) 767-6700

Anne Arundel County Department of Health
Coronavirus Webpage
Employee Workplace Guidance and Checklist
Phone: 2-1-1

Baltimore City Department of Health
Coronavirus Webpage

Baltimore County Department of Health
Coronavirus Hotline: (410) 887-3816

Howard County Department of Health
Coronavirus Website
Information, Symptoms and Prevention Flier
Workplace, School and Home Guidance
Phone: (410) 313-6300

Montgomery County Department of Health
Coronavirus Website
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