Representative Malinowski Introduces Bill Requiring Health Plans to Cover All COVID-19 Treatment
(Somerville, NJ) Today, Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) and Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-CA) announced the introduction of the Care for COVID-19 Act. This bill would require health insurance companies to cover the costs related to COVID-19 treatment including: diagnostic services, supportive care, vaccines, prescriptions, and doctors’ visits. Congressman Malinowski is an original co-sponsor of this legislation.
In addition to eliminating cost-sharing for patients, the bill would establish a Special Enrollment Period for the Affordable Care Act marketplace, allowing the nearly 30 million Americans living without health insurance, to enroll in a health plan. As job losses grow because of the COVID-19 pandemic and employer provided health coverage becomes less reliable, it is imperative that those hit hardest by this crisis be given the opportunity to gain coverage through the federal insurance exchange.
“The cost of treatment should not stand in the way of an effective public health response,” said Congressman Malinowski. “We are not going to defeat this virus unless everyone has access to the care they need.”