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Here are the major news updates from today:
- Economic relief was one of the main topics at Governor Lamont’s press conference this afternoon. Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Commissioner David Lehman spoke about the CT Recovery Bridge Loan Program, which is a $25 million, no interest loan program for small business with fewer than 100 employees. Businesses will have 18 months to repay and the loans are capped at $75,000 per company. CT Post has more.
- The Department of Labor has tripled its unemployment staff and is working overtime. The wait for benefits is at least three weeks, according to the CT Mirror.
- The Connecticut Insurance Department called on insurers yesterday to “institute a grace period for premium payments.” Gov. Lamont said today that he would “continue to push” on the issue. FOX61 has more.
- Businesses and nonprofits considered essential during this time have been enumerated by the DECD here.
- Last Friday, Gov. Lamont asked the private sector to help supply the state with personal protective equipment (PPE). The state’s request for PPE can be found here.
- Access Health CT added a special enrollment period for those uninsured that began March 19 and continues until April 2. Coverage begins April 1.
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