COVID-19 Update | March 18, 2020
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Dear Friends,

Everyone wants to make sure that those affected by the novel coronavirus are able to get needed medical care and advice, but we must also be smart about how we are doing so in order to protect people who are at high risk for COVID-19.

During this public health emergency, many people still need access to care for other illnesses and diseases. Often, these conditions can make these people more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19, and more likely to suffer from severe COVID-19 symptoms.

To keep older people and those receiving treatment for other illnesses safe from COVID-19, please do NOT go to a healthcare facility, including your doctor’s office, an urgent care clinic, or the emergency room without calling ahead as this could lead to the spread of COVID-19 to vulnerable people who are seeking care for other illnesses.

Instead, here are some of the steps that you can take:

Become familiar with the symptoms of COVID-19. 

Contact your primary care physician to explain your symptoms and medical history to determine if a test is warranted.

Use the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) screening tool:

  • UAMS HealthNow is now offering a FREE screening tool.
  • It’s available 24 hours a day and can be accessed from a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer.
  • Go to and click on “Begin Screening.”
  • The tool will guide you regarding your next steps – if any – such as contacting your primary care physician for further evaluation and possible testing for the virus. 

 Call the Arkansas coronavirus hotlines:

  • For children (staffed by Arkansas Children's Hospital): 1-800-743-3616.
  • For adults (staffed by UAMS): 1-800-632-4502.

 Contact the Arkansas Department of Health at 1-800-803-7847.

If you are a Medicare Beneficiary, consider using Telemedicine services. 

Yesterday, the president announced an expansion of Medicare Telemedicine services to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by enabling people to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. For more information, please click HERE. For an FAQ on how to utilize telemedicine, please click HERE

Here is an easy guide to help you decide when you should seek care if you have symptoms of COVID-19. 

As Arkansans, we certainly know how to care for our neighbors better than anyone, and together we will tackle this virus.


Tax Deadline extended
Payment Due Date Extended 90 Days Past April 15th

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is granting a 90-day delay past the traditional April 15th deadline to everyone who owes money to the IRS. Individuals can defer up to $1 million without any penalties or interest, and businesses can do the same for up to $10 million. 

To learn more, click HERE or on the image below. 

Social Security offices closed to public
Social Security Office Moves to Phone and Web Services Only

To protect the older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, all local Arkansas Social Security Offices are closed to the public for in-person services.

However, if you need to contact your local social security office, secure online services are available at or you can call your local office. If you are not sure which Social Security office to call, you can find out here:

If you or someone you know needs assistance with the Social Security Office, or any other federal agency, please contact my office at or call my Little Rock office at (501) 324-5941.

Representative French Hill 
Representative French Hill

Office Locations
Washington, DC Office
1533 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2506
Fax: (202) 225-5903
Conway Office
1105 Deer Street, Suite 12
Conway, AR 72032
Phone: (501) 358-3481
Fax: (501) 358-3494
Little Rock Office
1501 N. University Ave., Suite 630
Little Rock, AR 72207
Phone: (501) 324-5941
Fax: (501) 324-6029
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