March 03, 2020

KENNEDY ANNOUNCES CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE MEETING, URGES EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

Continues Push to Ensure Vulnerable Populations Have Access to Testing and Treatment

Washington, D.C. – As Congress races to respond to the spread of coronavirus, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today urged House and Senate leadership to include emergency funding for community health centers in any proposal. Kennedy has stressed the need to ensure the uninsured, underinsured, or otherwise vulnerable patient populations have access to the testing, prevention, and treatment that will be needed in the weeks ahead.

Kennedy also announced that he will be convening a meeting at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center tomorrow morning with local health leaders on the frontlines of the growing global health crisis.

“For patients most vulnerable to the health and economic consequences of this coronavirus outbreak, community health centers will literally be a lifeline," said Kennedy. "By opening their doors wide and welcoming all patients regardless of diagnosis, age, income, skin color or immigration status, CHCs will bear a profound burden in our nation’s efforts to prevent, contain, and treat this potential pandemic. It is incumbent on us to ensure they have the resources they need to keep our families and communities safe." 

Last week, Kennedy demanded Secretary Alex Azar assist patients covered by junk insurance plans and forced to cover the costs of testing and treatment. 

To read his full letter today to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, please click here

Details about tomorrow's meeting in East Boston will follow. 

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For Immediate Release:
March 3, 2020

Contact:
Dan Black (202) 225-5931