WASHINGTON, DC – Standing behind President Donald Trump at a recent White House Coronavirus Task Force press conference was the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). The USPHS is made up of more than 6,500 physicians, nurses, scientists, and other health professionals led by the Surgeon General.
The Ready Reserve Corps – a new component of the USPHS – was created about 10-years ago to act like the Reserves for military branches. The health care professionals in the Ready Reserve Corps can be quickly summoned to serve during public health emergencies like COVID-19 to assist with the nation’s health response.
Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Republican Leader Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) and Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) introduced the United States Public Health Service Modernization Act of 2019 to improve the Ready Reserve Corps.
Congress needs to include this bipartisan bill in any upcoming COVID-19 legislative package.
Read more about the legislation HERE.
Additional COVID-19 Resources:
E&C Republicans COVID-19 page
CDC COVID-19 website