Jones Introduces Bipartisan “Rapid Coverage For Coronavirus Vaccines And Treatments Act”

Current Work | Wed, 03/18/2020 at 11:30 AM

Bama Politics — On Tuesday, Alabama’s Democratic Senator Doug Jones joined Senators’ Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) to introduce the Rapid Coverage for Coronavirus Vaccines Act.

According to a press release, the legislation “would require private insurance plans to cover, with no cost-sharing, any coronavirus treatment or vaccine that gets an A or B rating by the USPSTF or is recommended by ACIP no later than 15 business days after the recommendation to ensure Americans receive timely coverage.”

“We have to do everything we can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This bill will allow Americans to rapidly access vaccines for this novel coronavirus as soon as they are available. Congress should immediately pass the Rapid Coverage for Coronavirus Vaccines and Treatments Act as part of a robust response to this virus,” Jones said.

“When a vaccine is released for coronavirus, it needs to be available for all Americans as soon as possible. Vaccine coverage by insurance companies is key to this. This bill ensures that coverage,” said Senator Cassidy.

“Amid this public health emergency, it’s critical that we prepare to protect the health and safety of people in Minnesota and across the country in every possible way,” said Senator Smith.

“This bipartisan bill mitigates the coronavirus outbreak by ensuring that folks have access to testing and vaccines without costs,” said Senator Daines

(Dakota Layton, Bama Politics)