Coronavirus Bulletin

ICYMI: Sec. Azar: Why Operation Warp Speed is a Made-in-America story

October 23, 2020 — Blog

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar laid out in an op-ed for Fox Business how Operation Warp Speed (OWS) is utilizing the public and private sectors to deliver a vaccine to COVID-19 at record pace. Key Points:  "It is now highly credible that OWS will have produced up to 100 million doses of safe and effective

Building on Ways and Means GOP Efforts, HHS Works to Improve Maternal Health

October 22, 2020 — Blog

Key Points:  -The U.S. Surgeon General issued a challenge to providers to help fight our nation’s rising maternal mortality rate. -Providers should work to “address care for women with hypertension who are pregnant and/or postpartum” and “breastfeeding initiation and continuation disparities among breastfeeding mothers.” -The Administration also announced a new ...

Medicare Open Enrollment is Happening Now!

October 16, 2020 — Blog

Key points: 2021 Medicare Open Enrollment is officially open and will run through December 7, 2020. People with Medicare can review health and drug plans and make changes to their healthcare coverage for next year based on their financial and medical needs. People who want to keep their current Medicare coverage do not need to ...

Trump Administration: Paying for Results To Get Faster COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

October 16, 2020 — Blog

Key Takeaway: Building on actions to bolster laboratory testing for COVID-19, the Trump Administration is making changes to Medicare payments made to laboratories in order to incentivize faster and more efficient diagnostic test results. Yesterday, CMS announced that, starting January 1, 2021, Medicare will pay $100 only to laboratories that are able to process high throughput ...

Unemployed Workers, Abandoned by House Democrats, Continue to Receive Relief Through Trump Administration

October 15, 2020 — Blog

More than 25 million Americans who lost their job due to COVID-19 shut downs continue to receive unemployment benefits. Yet, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats continue to stall additional targeted COVID-relief, including for unemployed workers. In August, President Trump stepped-in to fill the void caused by Democrats’ inaction by using executive authority to create the

Trump Administration Continues to Expand Telehealth Services for Medicare Beneficiaries

October 15, 2020 — Blog

Key Takeaway: In response to President Trump’s Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access, CMS announced yesterday an additional set of telehealth services that Medicare will pay for during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), as well as additional support for Medicaid and the Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP). As the Trump Administration ...

Further Relief for Providers on the Way

October 14, 2020 — Blog

Key points: Congress has set aside over $175 billion to directly help health care providers and hospitals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of October 5, more than $105 billion has been distributed to over 530,000 providers. This funding has served as a lifeline to ensure continued access to health care in our communities. ...

New Data: State Tax Revenue High, While State Govs Have Only Spent 24% of COVID Relief

September 04, 2020 — Blog

Democrats continue to hold up additional coronavirus relief, while demanding a $1 trillion bailout for state and local governments that claim they have lost massive revenue. This is simple fear mongering and not based on actual data. Aid should be targeted to relieve damage actually caused by the coronavirus pandemic, rather than bail out poorly run state and local governments.