Appropriation of an additional $3 billion in the HHS’ Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund for the purposes of reimbursing Medicare-enrolled suppliers and providers for the expenses of their COVID-19 response, including PPE and workforce surge costs.
Appropriation of $2.5 million for the national firefighter cancer registry.
Appropriation of $37.8 million for the Urban Search & Rescue system.
Reauthorization of the ALERT grant program at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration to train rural public safety agencies to respond to hazmat incidents by rail.
Authorization for the FEMA administrator to waive the following requirements to the FY 2021 SAFER grants:
The three-year performance period.
The local cost-share. The requirement that SAFER funds not supplant local funds.
The requirement that the recipient fire department maintain its budget at 80% of the average funding over the past three years.
The ability for fire departments to retain and re-hire firefighters.
Authorization for the FEMA Administrator to waive the local match requirement for the AFG grants and the maintenance of expenditures requirements (preventing budgets from being reduced to not less than 80% of the average amount of such expenditures in the preceding two fiscal years).
President Trump is expected to sign this legislation.
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