Taking critical steps to protect Hoosiers’ health

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Commentary by Donna Schaibley

Hoosiers across the state are finding themselves in unprecedented circumstances as they adjust their daily lives to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Our state is taking essential steps to ensure our health care system has the resources it needs to fight this war against the coronavirus and keep Hoosiers safe and healthy.

This ongoing health crisis has many workers bracing for a financial hit. Indiana cut red tape and removed barriers for Hoosiers so they can quickly obtain unemployment benefits to help bridge the gap in their personal budgets. Recently, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order waiving the one-week waiting period for Hoosiers to receive unemployment, which will help them get their money more quickly.

A federal aid package will allow workers who are self-employed or independent contractors to receive assistance. It also extends the length someone can receive unemployment benefits from 26 to 39 weeks. To learn more or to file a claim, visit unemployment.in.gov.

Small businesses are critical economic drivers in our community. To provide them some relief during this time, these businesses are eligible for assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration. To apply for loans, visit SBA.gov/disaster.

These resources can help Hoosiers mitigate the coronavirus, but everyone can protect themselves and our most vulnerable by using good hygiene and practicing social distancing. You can also visit in.gov/coronavirus to find out more or call 877-826-0011 for general questions. This hotline cannot offer medical advice or test results.

As we adjust to this evolving situation, I am confident Hoosiers will weather this storm. Indiana’s leaders are doing everything within their power to activate resources and protect Hoosiers.

Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) is a state representative representing House District 24, which includes parts of Boone and Hamilton counties.

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