Congresswoman Elaine Luria Announces Passage of Critical Health Care Priorities in COVID-19 Relief Package

December 31, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria announced the inclusion of several vital health care provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 and Emergency Coronavirus Relief package, which the President recently signed into law. These provisions would bolster COVID-19 vaccine and testing deployment, reverse planned budget cuts to Medicare, and provide additional funding for personal protective equipment (PPE).

“As our nation faces record-breaking numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we must continue providing robust funding for critical health care imperatives,” said Congresswoman Elaine Luria. “While neither perfect nor all-inclusive, this much-overdue COVID-19 relief package allocates resources needed to improve our nation’s response to this pandemic. I am pleased the President signed this package into law, and I urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to continue finding common ground as we continue addressing this public health emergency.”

Included in the COVID-19 relief package are:

  • $69 billion for COVID-19 testing, vaccine deployment, contact tracing, and other critical health care needs;
  • $3.25 billion for a national stockpile of PPE; 
  • A reversal of the 2021 Medicare Sequester; and,
  • An end to surprise medical bills by ensuring patients are only responsible for in-network cost-sharing amounts in emergency and non-emergency situations, in which they cannot choose an in-network provider.

As a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, Congresswoman Luria helped develop a framework for a COVID-19 relief package, which the Caucus introduced with a bipartisan group of Senators earlier this month. The relief package that just became law shares striking similarities with this framework, which prioritizes support for families, students, small businesses, and health care providers.

 

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.