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Letter to the Hon. Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General of the U.S. Postal Service - Harder Pushes USPS to Prioritize Swift Medical Deliveries as Service Delays Continue


Date: Sept. 16, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

Dear Postmaster General DeJoy,
I write today to urge you to address the potentially deadly U.S. Postal Service (USPS) delays
affecting my constituents and Americans who are waiting for the delivery of their life-saving
mail-order prescription drugs.
Constituents in my district with chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes are in desperate
need of their medications -- which due to the pandemic -- are often delivered instead of picked up.
I've already heard from dozens of people who have waited weeks for their insulin or asthma
medication because of the postal delays. This is simply unacceptable, especially as my home
state of California is battling various wildfires -- leading to unprecedented unhealthy air quality
levels. In my district, the air quality index has reached rates as high as 170, considered unhealthy
by the Environmental Protection Agency. Constituents with asthma are even more at risk of
these air quality levels. This is especially troubling to me since the Central Valley already has
one of the worst air quality rates in the country coupled with one of the highest childhood asthma
rates in the country, with approximately 550,000 San Joaquin Valley residents having asthma,
105,000 of whom are children. With one in six children affected by asthma and nearly ten
percent of adults in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties having diabetes, it is critical my
constituents have timely access to their medications.
A recent Senate report found that many Americans are facing delays in the delivery of their mailorder prescription drugs. The delays have been especially serious this summer, with all of the
mail-order pharmacies that rely heavily on USPS for delivery, reporting an increase in average
delivery times, ranging from eighteen to thirty-two percent, sometimes delayed by as much as a
full week. The delays can have a direct impact on health outcomes. Delivering life-saving drugs
impacts everyone from children and seniors to our veterans. In these unprecedented times, it is
vital to address the delivery delays to avoid putting the health of Americans in danger.
It is my hope that you will quickly address the delays in mail-order prescription drugs. I look
forward to working with you to ensure the timely delivery of much-needed medications to my