|District Update | November 5, 2020
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My opinion piece, which you can read below, in the Saline Courier highlights House Republicans' plan to restore our way of life, rebuild the greatest economy our nation has witnessed, and renew the American Dream for every American.
As a salute to those who have served our country, my staff joined with volunteers in our community to place flags at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. With Veterans Day approaching, we will continue to decorate the gravesites of our veterans as a sign of our gratitude for their service.
I encourage all of you to show your appreciation to our many veterans throughout the community this upcoming Veteran's Day.
Veterans have been severely impacted by the current health crisis, not only because the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Veterans Benefits Administration offices had been closed for appointments, but because of the toll on their mental health.
If you or a veteran you know is struggling, I encourage you to call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or text to 838255.
A top priority of mine throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been providing the resources needed to help local businesses and workers succeed.
This is why I voted for the CARES Act in March; legislation that has provided billions of dollars in direct aid to businesses across the nation, keeping workers on the payroll.
This year, my office has supported over $69,250,000 in successful grant applications in central Arkansas.
Most recently, Startup Junkie has been awarded $650,000 in CARES Act Recovery Aid to help small businesses grow in Northwest Arkansas. Additionally, this initiative will obtain $192,000 in local funding to provide free technical help and consulting to rising entrepreneurs.
I will continue supporting sensible measures integral to our recovery from this pandemic. For more information on how to apply for grants or for other financial assistance, please call my office at (501) 324-5941 or visit Hill.House.Gov.
If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath OR if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, testing is available in Arkansas.
Call ahead to your health care provider or schedule a test at a local health unit, HERE.
According to the Arkansas Department of Health, testing capacity for COVID-19 at commercial labs has increased significantly over the past week. This means a shorter turnaround time for results.
The health units, which are located in every county in the state, are now open from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
In addition, local health units across Arkansas are open later on Tuesdays so that services including flu vaccinations and COVID-19 tests are available after normal business hours.
You can find a full list of local health unit COVID-19 testing locations HERE.
You also should know that test providers must publish the cash price of tests on their websites so that Arkansans are not faced with surprise charges related to COVID-19 testing.
It is my honor to represent you in Congress.
Please contact me at (501) 324-5941 or Hill.House.Gov if I may be of service to you.
Representative French Hill