Coronavirus Bulletin

Over $20K for Families Since April Under Trump’s Leadership

December 23, 2020 — Blog

With an average family of four receiving over $20,000 in direct aid, on top of billions in dollars for relief, President Trump and Congressional Republicans were able to deliver for families and small businesses in the year-end COVID-19 relief and additional spending package.

Neal, Brady: This Bipartisan Agreement Provides Critical Support for American Workers

December 21, 2020 — Coronavirus Bulletin

WASHINGTON—Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady (R-TX) released the following statement after the House passed a year-end funding and COVID relief package: “This bipartisan agreement provides critical support for American workers, families, and small ...

Strong Support for Our Local Doctors in Year-End Package

December 21, 2020 — Blog

Bans Surprise Medical Bills and Creates a Fair Dispute Resolution Process. Protects patients from surprise medical bills while rejecting price setting schemes and attempts to limit providers’ access to arbitration. Explicitly bans the arbiter from considering ...

House Republican Wins in Year-End Package

December 21, 2020 — Blog

House Republicans advanced a number of provisions and reforms that empower Americans: BIG Wins for Patients with Ban on Surprise Medical Bills. When patients visit the ER or have a scheduled medical procedure, they will no longer receive surprise bills. And, for the ...

Q&A: Economic Impact Payments

December 21, 2020 — Blog

The bill includes a second round of Economic Impact Payments for Americans. This post answers some frequently asked questions about these new checks. For information regarding the previous round of Economic Impact Payments please click here. How will these new payments work? ...

Stopping Payments to Dead People

December 21, 2020 — Blog

This is a joint document provided by the Committees on Ways and Means and Oversight and Government Reform.  Topline: In order to stop payments to dead people, this legislation will remove hurdles to reducing improper payments. Background: The Social Security Administration (SSA) collects death information in order to accurately administer its ...

Health Provisions and Achievements in End of Year Package

December 21, 2020 — Blog

Ending surprise medical bills when you visit the ER or have a scheduled medical procedure, and, for the first time, requiring that patients be given a true and honest medical bill in advance of scheduled procedures, so patients know what to expect. Medicare Extenders: Extends funding for critical Medicare programs related to quality ...

Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills

December 21, 2020 — Blog

This is a joint document provided by the Committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor.  Key Points: No American should delay care or face financial ruin because of surprise medical bills. The Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and ...

Improving Support for Rural and Underserved Health Care

December 21, 2020 — Blog

Whether through greater funding or more flexibility, rural and underserved communities are having their health care needs prioritized in this package. Among other provisions, the package includes: Helping save rural hospitals by letting them become a new Rural Emergency Hospital, which gives them the Medicare funding and flexibility to offer health care services their community ...