House Republicans Unveil Plan to Address Pandemic, Improve Health Care
Today, House Republicans introduced the "Commitment to Defeat the Virus and Keep America Healthy Act" (H.R. 14), which includes a variety of provisions to improve pandemic preparedness and response, strengthen American-made supply chains for essential goods, and address mental health and drug abuse problems associated with the pandemic.
This legislation contains more than 50 bipartisan bills, including five championed by Rep. McKinley.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed glaring weaknesses in our healthcare system," McKinley said. "If we adopt this plan we can improve our preparedness, secure our supply chains, and strengthen our domestic manufacturing capabilities. The bill also takes steps to ensure vulnerable populations can utilize telehealth and mental health services."
"These reforms would help us defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and provide West Virginia communities with a peace of mind," added McKinley. "Congress provided much-needed relief to address this economic and public health crisis earlier this year, but there is much more to be done. This package of bills would be a common-sense start."
The Commitment to Defeat the Virus and Keep America Healthy Act (H.R. 14) is made up of over 50 bipartisan bills from the Energy and Commerce Committee and several other committees.
The bill encompasses several areas that are key to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and the unintended consequences associated with it including:
manufacturing and supply chain;
updates to the strategic national stockpile;
public health infrastructure improvements;
addressing health disparities;
mental health and substance abuse;
tax incentives to improve health care, Medicare and telehealth.