Wyoming Democrats proposed a bill during the special session today (October 29) that would create a COVID-19 impact support program by using American Rescue Plan funds in order to provide support for individuals and families who have been negatively affected by COVID-19.

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This support includes monetary support for food, medicine, child care, mental health support, and lost wages.

Administered through the Department of Family Services, in coordination with existing social service programs, the temporary Individual and Family COVID-19 Impact Support Program is designed to provide aid for those quarantined or recovering from Covid who lack access to basic services.

The program can be coordinated with existing social service programs at the local level in order to prevent duplication of services. Benefits under the program shall be initiated by boards of county commissioners who may request increased support to individuals and families suffering from the impacts of COVID-19.

If the bill passes, twenty million dollars from American Rescue Plan funds will be provided to Wyoming’s Department of Family Services to distribute.

You can read the full bill here.

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