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    Blog Launch: COVID-19: What your Business Needs To Know

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    Medicaid Program Response to COVID-19

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA) and declaration of a Public Health Emergency (PHE) by the Secretary of Health and Human Services due to the Novel Coronavirus have each had a significant impact on the Medicaid program. The PHE gives the Secretary expanded opportunity to waive requirements of Title XIX of the Social Security Act at a rapid pace under section 1135. FFRCA increased the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) 6.2 percentage points across all states and territories who are eligible to receive the increase. Increased FMAP is available for claims paid from January 1, 2020 through and including the last day of the quarter when the PHE is lifted. Requirements for increased FMAP and a discussion of the 1135 waivers being requested by Medicaid programs and granted by the Secretary are discussed in greater detail below.

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    EMTALA and COVID-19

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    United States Patent and Trademark Office Extends Deadlines Due To COVID-19

    In response to the disruption caused by COVID-19, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which is the official government body responsible for intellectual property rights in the U.S., has extended the time to file certain trademark documents or to pay required fees for deadlines falling on or after March 27, 2020 under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

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    Addressing the Additional Employment Law Risks that Can Emerge From PPE Shortage

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    The Federal Reserve’s Main Street Business Lending Program - As of April 3, 2020*

    On March 23, the Federal Reserve announced new measures it would be taking to support the credit markets and the broader economy in the face of the economic and credit disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and related governmental interventions. Those measures include expanded purchases of treasury and agency MBS securities as part of open market operations, as well as several new credit facilities to support US credit markets. 

    Beyond these interventions in the capital markets, the most novel of the Federal Reserve’s announced new measures is the Main Street Business Lending Program (the “MSBLP”)—a Federal Reserve credit program to encourage expanded lending activity to small- and medium-sized businesses. The proposed MSBLP would fill the gap between (1) the small businesses that would be assisted by the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) along with other existing and expanded SBA lending activity contemplated by the CARES Act and (2) the large investment grade corporations that would be supported by the Federal Reserve’s announced primary and secondary market corporate credit facilities.  

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    SBA Releases New Guidance on Affiliation

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    Steps Private Equity Managers Should Take Now, Both For the Present and Post-Crisis

    COVID-19 has already rocked the world of alternative investment. The two biggest private equity markets in the world – New York City and London – are now epicenters of the most recent wave of the outbreak and remain under “stay at home” orders. Travel has been curtailed or outright banned in most of North America and Europe, creating substantial impediments to analyzing potential portfolio investments through conventional means. A recession likely has begun. 

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