This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum we continue our discussions about priorities for kids and families as Congress debates the next federal COVID-19 relief package, including the U.S. House of Representatives’ HEROES Act and the U.S. Senate’s HEALS Act. To localize those ongoing federal conversations, we heard from several Kentucky leaders and advocates, including: Lisa Lee, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Medicaid; Mandy Simpson, Director of Public Policy for Metro United Way; Adrienne Bush, Executive Director of the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky; LaShana Harris, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice; and, Dr. Jim Flynn, President of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents. We thank Senate Majority Leader McConnell staff for also joining us for this forum.

View our COVID-19 Action Hub to take action on federal priorities for Kentucky kids and families. Review a comparison of provisions that support young children, their families, and child care providers in enacted legislation in response to COVID-19, as well as relevant provisions from the HEROES Act and the HEALS Act.

This is part of a series of conversations where we examine the immediate and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Kentucky kids and the systems that influence their lives – health care, education, early childhood education and care, child welfare, youth justice, economic security, and more. View our COVID-19 page for more information.