Congresswoman Elaine Luria Votes for Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 14, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Elaine Luria voted for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill would bolster the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak and tackle the threats that it poses to our safety and financial security.

“As the coronavirus epidemic spreads to new localities every day, it is Congress’ duty to act to ensure families and workers will stay safe and healthy,” said Congresswoman Luria. “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides much-needed support for Americans who are most at-risk for the economic and health consequences of this outbreak. I urge the Senate to stand up for families and workers across our nation by quickly passing this urgent legislation.”

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act includes several provisions designed to mitigate the economic and health repercussions of this public health crisis. Examples of provisions include:

  • Paid Emergency Leave: The final version of this bill establishes an Emergency Paid Leave Program.
  • Enhanced Unemployment Insurance: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act helps states provide unemployment benefits to workers.
  • Free Coronavirus Testing: This bill would ensure individuals with private insurance, Medicare Advantage or original Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, VA, FEHBP, and TRICARE have access to COVID-19 tests at no cost. 
  • Strengthening Food Security Initiatives: This bill includes more than $1 billion to provide assistance to families, including SNAP, student meals, seniors’ nutrition, and food banks. Reinforcing these initiatives will provide nutritious foods to at-risk and low-income populations.
  • Safeguarding Medicaid Benefits: By increasing the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) that the government allocates to state Medicaid programs, this bill would help states prepare for new Medicaid enrollees.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.