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President signs Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Clears the way for checks to be sent to Americans 

On Friday, the president signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes provisions to help nonprofits continue their critical services across the country. The CARES Act includes more than $2 trillion to help individuals, businesses, and nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

ACS and ACS CAN volunteers and staff had urged their lawmakers to consider nonprofit organizations in the relief package. This activation resulted in more than 18,000 messages sent and more than 1,000 phone calls to Senate offices.

As ACS CAN policy experts pore through the hundreds of pages of the COVID-19 stimulus packages, they are seeing many very important victories for people impacted by cancer. These include:

  • Funding for the Community Health Centers that serve more than 29 million Americans in over 12,000 rural and urban communities across the nation.
  • Up to 2 weeks of paid family medical leave so people can take care of loved ones impacted by coronavirus or care for children whose schools have closed.
  • Coverage with no cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing even for those who are uninsured or underinsured.
  • Tax relief for charitable organizations like the American Cancer Society so they can remain on the frontlines serving cancer patients during and long after this health crisis.

For cancer patients, these provisions could be the difference between life and death. It could mean getting that needed test or making it to that crucial cancer treatment. One thing I know for sure is that it will mean saving more lives.

This is the third in a series of stimulus packages that Congress has passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Its efforts have included direct lobbying, activating our grassroots network, and connecting grasstops leaders with key policymakers and staff. On Wednesday, Gary Reedy joined the CEOs of 150 other nonprofit organizations on a call with President Trump, during which the president thanked nonprofits for their essential role in providing services to our communities. 

A detailed summary of the three stimulus packages and the provisions most critical to our mission is available here

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