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March 26, 2020
“What a steep price for Trump’s continued delay, denial, and deceptions—refusing to heed warnings available since last year to prepare for this pandemic. Amidst the many hard-won successes over Administration resistance are significant disappointments, including inadequate taxpayer protections in the giant election-year corporate bailouts as well as how little patients, particularly the uninsured, benefitted directly and how much pharmaceutical manufacturers did. To help our small businesses stay afloat and immediately sustain the newly unemployed, victims to multiple Trump Administration failures, I am supporting this flawed bill.”
March 23, 2020
Washington, D.C. – Today, on the tenth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the United States, Rep. Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced legislation to require a special enrollment period any time there is a public health emergency declaration, such as COVID-19, and to require insurance plans to cover any treatments and services related to the disease that sparked the public health emergency declaration.
March 23, 2020
Washington, D.C. – Today, on the tenth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the United States, Rep. Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced legislation to require a special enrollment period any time there is a public health emergency declaration, such as COVID-19, and to require insurance plans to cover any treatments and services related to the disease that sparked the public health emergency declaration. They were joined in leading this effort by Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Susan Wild (D-PA), Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Mike Doyle (D-PA), and Dwight Evans (D-PA).
March 22, 2020
Washington, DC -- United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), and Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), today called for strict guardrails to be included in any stimulus package that uses taxpayer dollars to bail out large corporations, in order to ensure the stimulus reaches workers and their families first.
March 20, 2020
Washington, D.C. – Today, as the COVID-19 pandemic has led to massive layoffs and economic hardship across the United States, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, and U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation, led 100 of their colleagues in urging that any economic relief package for industries affected by the pandemic puts workers—not corporate profits—first and includes strict corporate accountability measures.
March 20, 2020
Washington, D.C. – Today, as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across Texas, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, led a group of Texas Democrats in urging Governor Abbott to tap into the federal funds that were made available for Texas in the Families First Coronavirus Response legislation and enable implementation of COVID-19 testing for all Texans, regardless of their insurance status. With approximately five million uninsured Texans, assuring no-cost testing for them is of the highest public health priority.
March 17, 2020
Washington, D.C. – Today, as Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced the closing of Austin bars, restaurants, and limiting gatherings to 10 people as protective measures against the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), released the following statement:
March 13, 2020
Washington, D.C. – Today, as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the United States, over 100 lawmakers are urging Secretary Alex Azar to employ existing authority to establish a Special Enrollment Period for patients to seek ACA Marketplace coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 11, 2020
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, provided the below statement on the latest estimation from Metro Health Medical Director Junda Woo that coronavirus tests can cost up to $2400 for patients without insurance, or $480 for those with a 20% copay:
March 10, 2020
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee and member of the House Budget Committee, questioned the Deputy Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist about the Trump Administration’s failures regarding the evacuation of cruise ship passengers into quarantine at Lackland Air Force Base—refusing to test the passengers before leaving California, taking all positive evacuees off base, and declining to send protective gear to our local health centers, among other points of questioning.

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