WASHINGTON, D.C. – To ramp up testing and help states continue to reopen their economies, Congress has provided billions of dollars to help expand testing across the United States. This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $11 billion more is being awarded to increase testing. This funding comes from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, the latest COVID-19 relief package signed into law. Earlier this month, HHS also announced more than half a billion for community health centers to build upon their ongoing efforts to provide and expand testing.
Former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration Scott Gottlieb, M.D., shared promising news yesterday on the rise in testing and decrease in rate of COVID-19 positives.
In addition to helping states reopen, expanded testing also plays an important role in reopening nursing homes. This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance on safely reopening nursing homes, and testing nursing home residents and staff is a key part of that guidance.
As Congress examines how the billions of dollars already provided are being spent and looks ahead to what additional resources might be needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to heed the advice of public health experts, including their recommendation that states continue to build their testing capacity. We thank the president for his continued commitment to ensuring the United States leads the world on testing.
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