Memos Archive

  • Planning for Concurrent Emergencies

    Background Given the protracted nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, states will likely experience additional, simultaneous emergencies concurrent with additional outbreaks of the virus. Experts are forecasting an above-average ...

  • Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Production

    Introduction Achieving broad immunity to COVID-19 is central to a return to normal life, and most experts maintain that this hinges on a widely available, safe and effective vaccine. A global race to develop and manufacture ...

  • Update on COVID-19 Treatment Development

    Introduction COVID-19 treatment development is moving at an unprecedented pace across the world and resulting therapeutics may be critical to reducing disease burden and pressure on the health system. This memo provides a ...

  • Unemployment Insurance During COVID-19

    Businesses across the country are closed in response to the spread of COVID-19. Unemployment assistance has typically been available only to “traditionally-employed” workers, and for statedetermined timeframes with ...

  • Reopening Institutions of Higher Education

    Nearly all higher education institutions are at least partially closed and have shifted to online instruction during the spring semester. The residential and communal aspects of higher education pose considerable health ...

  • State Human Services Actions & Initiatives for COVID-19

    The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices has compiled a table listing State Human Services Actions & Initiatives responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The actions and initiatives are organized as ...

  • Overview of Section 1135 and Section 1115 Waivers

    On March 13, President Trump issued an emergency declaration under both the National Emergencies Act and the Robert T. Stafford Act concerning the Novel Coronavirus and COVID19. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ...