President Trump declared a national emergency over the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on Friday and had the White House announce what steps are being taken to help quell the spread of the disease.FundingThe president is taking action that will give states, territories and tribes access to over $42 billion in existing funding to combat the virus, according to a White House press release. The Small Business Administration has also been given authority, and funding, to make over $7 billion in loans to qualifying small businesses to help bolster the economic recovery.  Medicare/MedicaidThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced guidance on limiting medically unnecessary visits to nursing homes to protect vulnerable elderly Americans.Student loansThe Secretary of Education will be waiving interest on all student loans held by the federal government.CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGEEnergyThe president is directing the Department of Energy to purchase large quantities of crude oil in an effort to boost the strategic reserve.   Health careThe White House claimed the president’s emergency declaration will give healthcare providers more flexibility to respond to the virus, by loosening regulations and waiving certain federal provisions through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).The declaration will provide HHS the power to waive:Certain laws to enable telehealth, remote

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