Review of Important Information Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Executive Order 112
Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 112, authorizing the Division of Consumer Affairs to temporarily reactivate the licenses of recently retired health care professionals and grant temporary licenses to foreign doctors. The executive order also temporarily permits certain health care professionals to perform acts outside of their ordinary scope of practice and grants broad civil immunity to health care professionals and facilities providing services in support of New Jersey’s COVID-19 response efforts.
Tax Filing Deadline Extended
Together, Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, and Speaker Coughlin announced that the filing tax deadline will be extended from April 15th to July 15th. Additionally, as part of the whole-of-government effort that is going into fighting COVID-19, they agreed that the state fiscal year should be extended to September 30th. We also thank Minority Leaders Kean and Bramnick for their cooperation and agreement.
FAFSA Deadline Extended
The deadline for eligible college students to apply for a renewal of state tuition aid for the 2020-2021 academic year has been extended from April 15th to June 1st. Students who receive aid through New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (NJ HESAA) will have until June 1st to get their forms in.
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will launch the application for its Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 9:00 am. A link to the grant program application will be posted on the State’s COVID-19 Business Information Hub. The grant program is part of a package of initiatives announced last week to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
Emergency Child Care Centers
Pursuant to Executive Order No. 110, the Emergency Child Care Centers became operational today. To further assist families utilizing emergency day care services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state is launching an Emergency Child Care Assistance Program (ECCAP) to help support childcare costs when a parent or guardian is an essential employee, regardless of income. Participants can go to https://www.childcarenj.gov/Emergency for more information.
Trump rejects special enrollment period amid COVID-19
The Trump administration has decided against reopening Obamacare enrollment to uninsured Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.
It is strongly encouraged that individuals apply for NJ FamilyCare online at www.njfamilycare.org which can be used to apply other Medicaid programs as well. If seeking the status of a New Jersey FamilyCare application, requesting an update or reporting a change such as new income, the first point of contact should be the call center at 1-800-701-0710.
NJ Labor Department
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) is urging employers to keep employees on the payroll throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and to take advantage of a 100 percent, dollar for dollar, payroll tax credit provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
The federal law, which goes into effect on April 1, provides unprecedented support to employers to provide federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Paid Family and Medical Leave to workers affected by COVID-19.
The payroll tax credit immediately and fully reimburses employers with fewer than 500 employees (99.8 percent of all NJ employers) by allowing them to reduce their federal payroll taxes by the amount they spent on emergency leave. This tax credit enables businesses to keep workers on their payrolls and ensures that parents and caregivers do not have to make the impossible choice of earning a paycheck or staying at home to care for themselves or a family member.
Attached are documents from DOL clarifying various COVID-19 scenarios and available coverage.
Governor Murphy has secured an additional 350 ventilators from the National Strategic Stockpile, for a total of 850 additional ventilators. This will be distributed as soon as possible, according to need on the ground. The state has also procured nearly 10 million pieces of PPE equipment that is on its way.
We still need more volunteers to bolster our medical ranks.
So far, we have had over 5,200 individuals sign up to volunteer. We thank them for their call to service.
Volunteer can go to https://covid19.nj.gov/volunteer to sign up.
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As a reminder, we need all donations of PPE we can get. Please direct donation offers to the website below. We thank the New Jersey Devils for their donation that will help RWJBarnabas purchase much-needed PPE for its frontline health responders. We also thank First Energy, for their significant contribution for food banks in the areas in which it serves, on top of accelerating its giving to the United Ways.