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AAMC Urges Senate to Quickly Pass Additional COVID-19 Relief

June 12, 2020

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Allyson Perleoni, Senior Legislative Analyst

AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD sent a letter on June 10 to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), urging the Senate to quickly pass an additional COVID-19 relief package. The last relief package passed by Congress was signed into law on April 24 [see Washington Highlights, April 24].

In addition to urging rapid passage of a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package in order “to both sustain the efforts to date with additional investments, as well as lay the groundwork to prepare for future crises,” the AAMC reiterated its recommendations from its April 17 letter to Vice President Michael Pence and congressional leaders.

Those recommendations included ensuring that patients have access to high-quality care; strengthening the health care safety net; providing additional financial resources for providers; protecting the research enterprise; building upon and making permanent telehealth gains; strengthening the nation’s public health, testing, and data collection infrastructure; and helping protect and support front-line health care workers [see Washington Highlights, April 17].

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