Washington, D.C. – Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced another round of funding to help providers respond to COVID-19. This $250 million disbursement, provided by Congress in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will go to providers to help expand telehealth services, train staff, procure supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE), and better coordinate their overall response. These dollars will also help build capacity of the National Special Pathogen System so our health care system will be better prepared for future spikes in COVID-19 infections, as well as future public health emergencies.
This critical funding is being provided through the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, or ASPR, and will help health care systems around the country as they continue to treat COVID-19 patients and prepare for the second wave that could come in the fall.
Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans, led by full committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Republican Leader Brett Guthrie (R-KY), have been working the last several months to develop recommendations for a potential second wave of COVID-19 infections in the United States. Earlier today, the members released the first report including many testing and surveillance recommendations officials should consider to better position the country for any future spikes in infections. More recommendations will be released in the coming months.
E&C Republicans are committed to working alongside the Trump administration to provide the resources needed to defeat COVID-19.
Learn more about E&C’s Second Wave Project here.