By ONME Newswire and Ethnic Media Services
FRESNO, CA - ONME News Review "News too Real" COVID-19 Part 7 hosted by Julia Dudley Najieb Wednesday night recapped on the latest insight from expert doctors, politicians and state business professionals on the economic and health issues concerning virus, COVID-19. Dudley N. highlighted the lack of care given to ethnic small business as a part of the relief effort from the federal government.
The CARES Act, signed into law by President Donald Trump March 27, was intended to help millions of workers who have lost their jobs as shelter-in-place orders are implemented around the nation to mitigate the community spread of the novel coronavirus. The relief package also provides small businesses with the Paycheck Protection Program, allowing them to keep employees on payroll for up to eight weeks.
But millions of people will receive no relief, said panelists at the briefing last week, organized by Ethnic Media Services and supported by the Blue Shield of California Foundation.
“The bills that have passed Congress so far have not provided enough economic support or health coverage for immigrants including those who have protection under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status and others,” said Kerri Talbot, director of federal advocacy at the Immigration Hub. “We’re really concerned that during this crisis people are not going to be able to access the health care that they need because they are not covered by emergency Medicaid,” she said, noting that denying aid to vulnerable immigrants puts all communities at risk.
Some safety nets have been beefed up, said Talbot, noting that more than $3 billion has been allocated for community health clinics, and $450 million has been allotted to food banks.