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AHIP And BCBSA Urge Immediate Bipartisan Action For COVID-19 Relief

posted by AHIP

on December 3, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Every American deserves protection for their health and financial stability. That is why America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) come together now to urge bipartisan action for COVID-19 relief in the final weeks of the 116th Congress. Read the letter.

We have seen first-hand how American families are struggling financially through the COVID-19 crisis. Health insurance providers continue to invest billions of dollars to help Americans get the COVID-19 testing and treatment they need, enable them to keep their health coverage, help their doctors and hospitals on the front lines, and provide access to an array of essential services to overcome social barriers and health inequities. The current surge of coronavirus cases makes clear that, despite these actions and important steps Congress has already taken, more needs to be done.

We urge Congress to take bipartisan action to:

  • Ensure Access to COVID-19 Testing
  • Promote Access to a Safe, Effective, and Affordable COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Improve Access and Affordability for Hardworking American Families
  • Provide Stability for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities with Medicare Advantage and Part D
  • Strengthen Medicaid As an Essential Safety Net
  • Strengthen the Health System Workforce and Infrastructure

COVID-19 has presented unprecedented challenges to our nation, our economy, and our health care system. The pandemic has strained provider capacity and exacerbated socioeconomic conditions for millions of Americans. Together, we urge Congress to take action and adopt these recommendations to ensure that Americans have the care and peace of mind they deserve. By working together, we will defeat the disease and overcome the COVID-19 crisis.

Read the letter.