COVID-19 Resource Guide

From the Texas Department of Agriculture

Business

Federal:

SBA Guidance for Businesses in Responding to COVID-19

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to COVID-19

3 Step Loan Process: An Overview of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Application Process

Disaster Loan Assistance Application

SBA Texas District Offices:

SBA Houston District Office – COVID -19 – Guidance for Small Businesses (daily webinars and Q&A)

*If applying for an EIDL loan, the SBA recommends using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge*

*Customer Service can be reached at 800.659.2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov*

  • Federal Reserve: Commercial Paper Funding Facility to support the flow of credit to households and businesses

FRB Press Release

COVID-19 General Info

IRS Payment Plan

IRS Payment Deadline Extended: Filing and Payment Deadline Extended to July 15 

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): Visit their website for a comprehensive list of resources available to assist rural residents, businesses and communities impacted by COVID-19.
    • Beginning immediately, through July 31, 2020, USDA Business and Industry Loan Guarantees (B&I) and Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Guaranteed lenders may assist borrowers experiencing temporary cash flow issues by deferring payments for a period no longer than 120 days. The lender must notify The Agency in writing of any payment deferments. Written notification to the Agency will meet the standard for concurrence until July 31, 2020. A response from the Agency is not required. This guidance applies to ALL borrowers that had a current repayment status as of March 1, 2020.

State:

  • Resources for Employers 
    • The Commissioner for Employers’ legal team is available Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to answer employment law questions. Please contact them at 800-832-9394 or employerinfo@twc.state.tx.us. 
    • Shared Work Program
  • Resources for Job Seekers 
    • If an individual’s employment has been affected by COVID-19 they may apply for benefits either online by using the Unemployment Benefits Services (UBS) or by calling TWC at 800.939.6631 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday. UBS can be accessed at any time. For additional information, visit TWC’s website.
  • Texas Comptroller: Visit their website for tax-related information related to COVID-19. 
    • The agency is offering assistance in the form of short-term payment agreements, and in most instances, waivers of penalties and interest. To learn about options for remaining in compliance and avoiding interest and late fees on taxes due, contact the Enforcement Hotline at 800.252.8800.
  •  Texas Department of Insurance (TDI): Visit their website for an overview of insurance-related questions related to COVID-19. 
  • Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA): Visit their website for an overview of information related to school meals, consumer protection, rural hospitals, weights and measures and licensing. 

Other: 

Healthcare

Federal:

CMS Press Release

FAQs for Individuals, Providers and Insurers

CMS Current Emergencies- COVID-19 guidance and additional information  

Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans

Medicare Coverage and Payment 

  National Stockpile

COVID 19-specific information 

  • Small Business Administration (SBA): The SBA provides low-interest, long-term Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EDIL) to small businesses and private non-profit organizations that suffered working capital losses due to the declared disaster.  

SBA Guidance for Businesses in Responding to COVID-19

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to COVID-19

3 Step Loan Process: An Overview of the Disaster Loan Program Application Process

Disaster Loan Assistance Application

SBA Texas District Offices:

SBA Houston District Office – COVID -19 – Guidance for Small Businesses (daily webinars and Q&A)

*If applying for an EIDL loan, the SBA recommends using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge*

*Customer Service can be reached at 800.659.2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov*

State:

  • Office of the Governor: 
    • Waived certain regulations and directed the Texas Department of Insurance to issue an emergency rule that will allow telemedicine visits for patients with state-regulated plans to be paid the same as in-office visit for insurance purposes. 
    • Fast-tracking temporary licensing for out-of-state physicians, physicians assistants, retired physicians and nurses to assist with in-person and telemedicine services
  • Texas Department of Insurance: Visit their website for an overview of insurance-related questions related to COVID-19. 
  • Texas Department of Agriculture/State Office of Rural Health (SORH): Visit their website for an overview of information related to school meals, consumer protection, rural hospitals, weights and measures and licensing. 

To contact SORH, email: ruralhealth@texasagriculture.gov

Communities & Individuals 

Communities:

Families/Individuals: 

TxSchools.gov: Meals for Students 

School Meal Finder (map)

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