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May 29, 2020
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, and U.S. Representative Katie Porter (D-CA), member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, pressed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today for answers regarding major misallocations of portions of the $175 billion authorized in relief packages intended for hospitals and other health care providers to cover COVID-19 care and lost revenue from procedures postponed by the pandemic.
May 26, 2020
Washington, D.C. – With serious food insecurity challenges in San Antonio and across the country, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-San Antonio), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, called for the Trump Administration to cancel the $39 million USDA food box contract awarded to a local vendor without relevant experience and pressed USDA for answers on how vendors were chosen nationwide. The details of this local contract were revealed in a series of investigative pieces by Tom Orsborn from the San Antonio Express-News, as well as an editorial from the paper calling for an investigation.
May 13, 2020
Washington, D.C. – As the pandemic broadens and the Trump Administration bungles, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the Health Subcommittee on Ways and Means, and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chair of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, urge Secretary Azar to create a transparent process for distributing available doses of remdesivir and to swiftly release initial clinical trial findings. For physicians facing difficult prescribing decisions, this information is critical to ensure limited supplies go to the patients who will most benefit. This letter comes following the failure of Secretary Azar yet to respond to the lawmakers’ previous inquiry regarding taxpayer investments in remdesivir.
May 7, 2020
Washington, D.C. – As the pandemic worsens in Texas and yet Gov. Abbott pushes forward in pressing workers to return to their workplaces, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the Health Subcommittee on Ways and Means, released the following statement regarding Governor Abbott’s visit to the White House today:
May 7, 2020
Austin, T.X. – As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens and many Texans approach two months since job loss—the deadline to enroll in an ACA Marketplace plan for someone who lost their coverage when they lost their job—U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, will hold a virtual press conference this afternoon to share the steps consumers need to take (and when to take them) to get covered, local resources available, and important updates on Medicaid.
May 6, 2020
Austin, T.X. – As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens and many Texans approach two months since job loss—the deadline to enroll in an ACA Marketplace plan for someone who lost their coverage when they lost their job—U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, will hold a virtual press conference tomorrow to share the steps consumers need to take (and when to take them) to get covered, local resources available, and important updates on Medicaid.
May 5, 2020
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, issued the following statement reacting to President Trump’s winding down the Coronavirus Task Force:
May 5, 2020
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, issued the following statement in reaction to Dr. Rick Bright’s whistleblower complaint:
May 5, 2020
Washington, D.C. – As many college students and their families are facing financial difficulties that may impact their ability to return to class this fall, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, is introducing the American Opportunity Student Tax Relief Act, joined by U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). This legislation assures that college emergency grants to students authorized by the CARES Act are not taxed. It expands the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC)—which already helps millions of students pay for the costs of college—with both a short-term expansion of the incentive during the pandemic and long-term improvements to the program.
May 4, 2020
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, led Members in urging Gilead CEO Daniel O’Day to detail the company’s plans for remdesivir, including securing and scaling up the supply chain, complete disclosures of taxpayer investment in the development of the drug, and purchase and pricing arrangements. As remdesivir—which has been developed with significant taxpayer investment—receives FDA emergency use authorization, the lawmakers questioned its affordability and accessibility for patients.

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