Catching Up with Annie
Keeping in Touch During Challenging Times
Washington, April 10, 2020
I know this is a challenging time. I care about you and your family. Please reach out if you have questions or concerns. Be kind to yourself, to your family and to your friends. Reach out to show you care. Together, we will overcome. Spring is here. Summer is right around the corner. We are blessed to live in New Hampshire. Stay safe and be well.
Working to Protect New Hampshire Hospitals and Frontline Health Care Workers
Yesterday, I joined our federal delegation in sending a letter to the Trump Administration outlining the urgent need for personal protective equipment (PPE) in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NHDHHS) continues to work to ensure crucial PPE gets to those who need it most. We previously wrote to HHS and FEMA on March 26 expressing our deep concerns over the agencies’ poor response to our state’s request for medical supplies. In the letter this week, we noted that while supplies have been reaching New Hampshire, the Administration has failed to meet the current demand and adequately prepare our state for a surge in coronavirus patients. It is critical that the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) respond to New Hampshire’s request for assistance so that we can protect our frontline workers and communities.
Providing Resources to Our Smaller Communities
I helped introduce the Coronavirus Community Relief Act this week to provide $250 billion in stabilization funds for local communities, cities, and towns across the United States. This legislation is the result of concerns I have heard from municipalities and county administrators from across New Hampshire who are working diligently to protect their communities without any guarantee that they will be reimbursed. We must ensure that small localities have the resources and services necessary to meet the challenges presented by this public health and economic crisis. This legislation will help to protect all of our communities and ensure they have the support they need.
Every week, I am keeping in close contact with New Hampshire seniors and those who care for our greatest generation. Following the state’s announcement of additional outbreaks at residential facilities and nursing homes, including at the Huntington in Nashua, I led a phone meeting with the New Hampshire Healthcare Association’s leadership, the largest association of long-term care providers in New Hampshire, including skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and a specialized pediatric care facility. I heard directly about the needs of these sites and how we need to protect our vulnerable populations and the workforce serving our friends and family members at those facilities.
On Monday, I joined my colleagues to introduce bipartisan legislation to protect Americans from COVID-19 scams. We are living in a time of stress and uncertainty, and as we combat the spread of COVID-19 in New Hampshire and across the U.S., we must also combat the spread of misinformation and scams, which have been on the rise. By providing critical information and resources, we can keep consumers safe and prevent bad actors from taking advantage of Americans during this national emergency.
Expanding Broadband and Tele-Health in Our Rural Communities
As Granite Staters practice physical distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, there has never been a greater need to expand broadband to our rural communities. As a Member of the House Rural Broadband Task Force, I have long been an advocate for deploying broadband connectivity throughout New Hampshire and have called on Congressional leaders to include robust financing in future coronavirus response legislation. As folks are working from home, students are attending classes remotely, and patients and doctors are using telemedicine more often, we must ensure that our rural communities are not left behind. In order to succeed in our 21st-century economy, Americans and businesses must have access to affordable and quality broadband internet, and I’ll continue my efforts to ensure this technology is accessible to all.
What You Need to Know About Tax Deadlines and Direct Payments Through the CARES Act
Starting next week, the IRS and Department of Treasury will begin distributing direct cash payments to eligible Americans via direct deposit. These payments - through the CARES Act that we passed last month - will help Granite Staters cover normal costs during the economic downturn and help stimulate the economy.
Individuals may utilize three options for providing their direct deposit information to the IRS before a paper check is mailed. Paper checks will be issued in the coming weeks starting with lower-income individuals - if you and your family prefer to receive a stimulus payment via direct deposit, I encourage you to look at the following options:
Additionally, the IRS has extended the filing deadline for 2019 tax returns to July 15, 2020. This will provide maximum flexibility to American families who may need extra time to file this year.
If you typically do not file a tax return, click here to register for your Economic Impact Payment.
Congressman Pappas and I held our fifth telephone town hall to discuss the coronavirus on Wednesday. These town halls provide an important opportunity to keep the public informed and for me to hear directly from Granite Staters. I thank Dr. Calderwood, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Epidemiolo
Keeping in Touch with New Hampshire
Earlier this week, I spoke with the New Hampshire Hospital Association to discuss Coronavirus planning, preparation and the impact on New Hampshire’s hospital system, including the ongoing need for personal protective equipment (PPE) and efficient testing capabilities. We also discussed the challenges of rural hospitals, expanded telehealth resources and forthcoming funding our hospitals should expect to receive from the CARES Act.
Like our health care workers, New Hampshire grocers also play a crucial role in helping Granite Staters get through these tough times. I spoke with C&S Wholesale Grocers this week as well as Associated Grocers of New England about their recent efforts and challenges. From keeping the shelves stocked to ensuring employees have PPE, all grocers are working overtime and we appreciate their hard work.
Finally, just hours ago I spoke with Paul Parisi, New Hampshire’s State Fire Marshal, and Perry Plummer, the Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Safety to discuss the state’s response to the crisis and the needs of our first responders who are working diligently to combat COVID-19. Our firefighters and first responders put themselves at risk every day to defend our communities and this crisis is no different. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude for their selfless work.
Like many of you, I’ve been working from home and taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I’ve been finding joy in cooking, video chatting with friends and family, and going for walks with my husband Brad.
How to Make a Mask at Home
The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in grocery stores, pharmacies, and other public settings where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) are the best resources to turn to during this public health emergency.