AAMS has compiled the following list of links and guidance regarding programs that may be available to members of the critical care transport industry from the recently enacted CARES Act. There is a highly variable list of programs available to hospitals, first responders, Part 135 operations, and small businesses. The following resources are organized as they appeared in the legislation:

Title I. Small Business Interruption Loans

  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued Coronavirus loan resources; these programs include:
    • Paycheck Protection Program,
    • Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance
    • SBA Debt Relief
    • SBA Express Bridge Loans
    • Also included are SBA guidance on existing SBA loans and local assistance.
  • Find the full list of loan resources here.

Title II. Assistance for workers and families – Rebate checks and expanded unemployment insurance 

  • The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) yesterday announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.
  • New IRS guidance released about the payments stressed that even those people who normally don’t file each year will need to get a “simple tax return” in to get their rebate.

Title III. Health Care Response

  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing an unprecedented array of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to equip the American healthcare system with maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic.
  • The waivers include temporary changes to help local hospitals by implementing
    • The increase of hospital capacity; CMS hospitals without walls
    • The rapid expansion of the healthcare workforce
    • Putting patients over paperwork
    • Further promoting telehealth in Medicare
  • The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it was providing temporary regulatory waivers to allow hospitals “maximum flexibility” to respond to COVID-19. 
  • Find additional information on the waivers here.
  • HHS is still issuing guidance on the suspension of certain requirements related to medical review during the emergency period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AAMS has asked CMS that any new guidance related to the suspension of these activities specifically include air ambulances to ensue applicability.

Title IV. Economic Stabilization Loans and Airline Stimulus

In addition to these programs, Congress plans a 4th Coronavirus stimulus package. We are working on supporting multiple EMS and healthcare support provisions, as well as concerned that insurers continue to advocate for balance billing legislation that will cause irreparable harm to our nation’s healthcare system, including air ambulance services. AAMS continues to work with its members and the critical care transport community to ensure that any legislation passed during this critical time supports our nation’s healthcare infrastructure and the thousands of emergency healthcare workers at the front-line of this crisis.