Rep. Calvert Votes for the Families First CoronaVirus Response Act

March 14, 2020
Press Release

Today, Representative Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives in support of the Families First CoronaVirus Response Act, H.R. 6201. The bill provides additional federal benefits for American workers and families. 

“The bill passed by the House aims to give families some peace of mind by providing expanded sick and family leave benefits for missed work due to COVID-19 diagnosis, exposure or to care for children,” said Rep. Calvert. “The bill also covers the cost of COVID-19 testing for any American without health insurance. It’s important that we take these steps to remove any reason for Americans to show up for work while sick or avoid testing because of the cost. By listening to our health care experts, practicing the sanitary and social distancing protocols, we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in America.”

The Families First CoronaVirus Response Act provides:

  • $1.2 billion to help cover the costs of COVID-19 testing, including $142 million to eliminate copay requirements for servicemembers and veterans.
  • $1.25 billion to provide emergency nutritional assistance for senior citizens, women, children, and low-income families, including:
    • $500 million for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children;
    • $400 million for the Emergency Food Assistance Program;
    • $250 million for senior nutrition programs, including:
      • $160 million for home-delivered meals; and
      • $80 million for meals at senior centers.

 

  • Free COVID-19 testing, for anyone not eligible for free testing already agreed upon by private insurers, to ensure no cost barriers for Americans seeking medically appropriate diagnostic lab tests for the COVID-19.

  • Financial assistance for working Americans who are ill, quarantined, or caring for others due to COVID-19, through a tax credit to employers rather than a new entitlement.

  • Relief targeted to the duration of the COVID-19 threat. If the threat subsides, the cost will be reduced, but if the threat increases support will continue to be available.

  • Assistance targeted to COVID-19 without including unrelated treatments.

  • Increased access to telehealth services for new Medicare beneficiaries, helping patients with chronic conditions avoid regular trips to the doctor to lower the strain on health care facilities and providers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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