This week, Congress began a two-week recess without passing the Senate’s bipartisan, $10 billion COVID-19 relief bill, due to upheaval related to immigration policy changes the White House recently announced. Lawmakers intend to bring the bill up for a vote when they return to Washington, D.C., April 25.
This latest legislative compromise would fund domestic COVID-19 response efforts and is fully offset. All $10 billion in funding would be used for health care purposes. It is notable the legislation includes no new money for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) fund to pay for COVID-19 testing and treatment of uninsured people. Without additional funding, HRSA will remain unable to accept new claims for care of the uninsured.