During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial that Congress act quickly to guarantee health coverage for the millions of Americans who are losing their employer-sponsored health plans, the millions who were already uninsured, and the millions who are insured, but cannot pay their plans' onerous out-of-pocket costs.
The Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act, introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Sen. Bernie Sanders, addresses these urgent needs by empowering the Medicare program to cover medically necessary care for the uninsured as well as cost sharing for the insured. It stands in stark contrast to the industry-preferred policy of subsidizing COBRA, which would do nothing for the previously uninsured and would provide zero relief from copays and deductibles for recently laid off workers.
Use the form below to contact your legislators and ask them to co-sponsor this bill. We have provided the text of an email, but please feel free to modify it (e.g. by adding details of your own experiences or health challenges specific to your community).
To learn more about the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act, visit pnhp.org/COVID19Bills.
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The more single-payer supporters reach out to the legislators, the stronger our movement becomes. Soon, the demand for health justice will be impossible to ignore.
For more information on how you can get active in the fight for single payer during COVID-19, visit our Take Action webpage.