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Urge HHS to Provide Access to ACA Benefits to DACA Recipients

April 16, 2020

I invite you to sign on to a letter addressed to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to obtain access to benefits under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Access
to health coverage for DACA recipients and their U.S. citizen children is absolutely critical during this pandemic in order to ensure that they have access to COVID-19 testing and treatment, particularly for the 27,000 DACA recipients employed as healthcare
practitioners and supporting occupations on the front lines of responding to COVID-19.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Eliminate Federal Emergency Cost Share

April 16, 2020

Please join us in urging Donald Trump to eliminate the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) non-Federal cost share required by the disaster declaration to help state, local, tribal and territorial governments fight this global pandemic. Increasing
the federal burden of FEMA public assistance provides much-needed relief in additional federal assistance for state, local, tribal and territorial governments. As our entire country faces the daunting challenge of defeating this global pandemic, the full capacity
of the federal government needs to be used so those on the front lines can focus on saving lives and protect our most vulnerable populations.

Cosponsor H.R. 4278 – The Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act of 2019

April 16, 2020

We invite you to become a cosponsor of
H.R. 4278 – The Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act of 2019

COSPONSOR H.R. 5469 – THE PURSUING EQUITY IN MENTAL HEALTH ACT OF 2019

April 16, 2020

I invite you to join me as a cosponsor of
H.R. 5469 – The Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act of 2019.

Letter to HHS – CARES Act Emergency Funding Relief for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Providers

April 16, 2020

Representatives Matsui, Tonko, and Kennedy invite you to join a letter to HHS Secretary Azar and CMS Administrator Verma requesting that a portion of the remaining $70 billion in CARES Act emergency funding for provider relief be allocated to community-based
health care providers that comprise the public health safety net for mental health and addiction services. The letter urges HHS to utilize a methodology for future distributions that supports mental health and substance use disorder providers and organizations.
 

Original Cosponsor – PPE Act of 2020

April 16, 2020

The PPE Act would:

Protect Seniors and Extend 2020 Medicare Enrollment Deadline

April 16, 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and widespread stay-at-home orders, many older Americans have missed the 2020 deadline to enroll in Medicare. Those that did successfully enroll are not able to receive coverage until July 1st. This has left
many seniors, who are among the most vulnerable to serious coronavirus complications, at risk both financially and physically.

Close the Digital Divide! Urge Leadership to Include Funding to Achieve Nationwide Broadband Access in a Post-Coronavirus Recovery Package

April 16, 2020

Please join me in calling on the Congressional Leadership to include in any post-coronavirus economic recovery or stimulus package the funding necessary to ensure that Americans have access to broadband from coast to coast. Not only has the spread of the
coronavirus within our nation’s communities has strained our healthcare systems beyond capacity, shuttered local businesses, and closed schools nationwide, turning the lives of everyday Americans upside down; it has also forced a historic reliance on the internet.
Yet, as of 2019, more than one in four rural residents still lack broadband access.

CLOSING TODAY: Bicameral Letter to Ensure FEMA is Preparing for Natural Disasters During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 16, 2020

Please join me and Senator Harris in sending a bicameral letter to FEMA Administrator Gaynor asking what specific steps the agency is taking to ensure that it is adequately prepared to respond to a natural disaster during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
As the federal agency responsible for emergency preparedness and response, it is imperative that FEMA’s natural disaster preparation and recovery plans address the unique challenges presented by this pandemic and be detailed and readily available to our states
before disaster strikes.