New CMS COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities

By: Sarah Wilson | 09.01.2020

  On Thursday, August 27, 2020, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) publicly filed an unpublished Rule related to COVID-19 testing requirements for long-term care (LTC) facilities. The Final Rule is scheduled for publication on September 2, 2020 and will go into effect immediately. CMS issued a memorandum to State Survey Agency Directors on Read…

Department of Homeland Security Issues Guidance on Exemptions to Travel Bans

By: Caitlin Klingenberg | 08.24.2020

  The Department of Homeland Security has issued guidance on exemptions to travel bans, specifically detailing exemptions to Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052, which together suspend the entry of certain immigrant visa applicants, and foreign nationals who present a risk to the U.S. economic recovery efforts in the wake of COVID-19, until December 31, 2020 Read…

Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program

By: Kelli Orton | 08.12.2020

  In an effort to reduce the number of evictions and foreclosures in the State of Iowa due to the pandemic, Governor Reynolds created the COVID-19 Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program. This program provides rental assistance or mortgage assistance for up to four months for a household who has had a reduction in income due Read…

A Second Wave of Stimulus Relief Proposed by Congress

By: BrownWinick | 07.28.2020

  Congress is negotiating a new $1 trillion economic stimulus package to help millions of Americans and businesses keep afloat during the continued COVID-19 crisis. Among a host of other benefits, Congress has unveiled the following proposed benefits to help businesses hit hardest by the pandemic: A second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans aimed Read…

Proposed Legislation Could Provide Additional Relief to Small Farmers

By: BrownWinick | 07.27.2020

  Last week, U.S. Representatives Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) and Dan Bishop (R-NC) introduced bipartisan legislation that would permit farmers to use money from loans acquired through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to pay for rentals of equipment, land, and buildings. The proposed bill is titled the Expanding Assistance to Farmers Act of 2020 (H.R. 7619) Read…

SBA Reopens Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to All Eligible Small Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19

By: BrownWinick | 06.17.2020

  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened its Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) to eligible small businesses and non-profits in all U.S. states and territories. This program provides loans at low interest rates and other forms of assistance to eligible organizations navigating the economic impact of COVID. EIDL loans may be used Read…

USPTO Announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for Certain Trademark/Service Mark Applications

By: David Breiner | 06.16.2020

  The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced a new COVID-19 prioritized examination program for certain trademark and/or service mark applications.  To qualify, the applications must cover a product that is subject to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for use in the prevention and/or treatment of COVID-19 or a medical Read…

COVID-19 Back-to-Business Limited Liability Act Awaits Governor’s Signature

By: Tess Pocock |

  Last week, the Iowa General Assembly passed Senate File 2338. The legislation includes the COVID-19 Response and Back-to-Business Limited Liability Act. The Act, which applies retroactively to January 1, 2020, provides liability protection from civil actions relating to COVID-19 exposure to certain “premises,” including real property serving a commercial, residential, educational, religious, governmental, cultural, Read…

2020 Legislative Session – Week 10

By: Amanda Loder | 06.05.2020

Lawmakers returned to the Capitol Wednesday following an 11-week suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since they paused activity days prior to the second funnel deadline, most bills that did not pass the House or Senate, plus committee in the other chamber by the end of the day on Friday, June 5 are “dead” for Read…

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

By: Amy Johnson | 05.28.2020

  The House passed a bill this afternoon that would provide businesses with greater flexibility with regard to their uses of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds. The legislation — titled the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act — was introduced by Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas and Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota. It is Read…