Dr. Ruiz’s Bill Would Require Health Plans to Cover All COVID-19 Treatment

March 24, 2020
Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, Dr. Ruiz announced the introduction of the Care for COVID-19 Act, which would require health plans to cover diagnostic and treatment services related to COVID-19, at no cost to the patient. The bill also would create a special enrollment period for individuals who are impacted by COVID-19 to ensure that patients who are eligible for marketplace health plans would be able to enroll.  The bill was introduced alongside Rep. Malinowski (NJ-07).

“The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on our public’s health and economy,” said Dr. Ruiz. “Many working families are struggling to stay home due to financial concerns. The last thing they need is to pay high deductibles or copays for coronavirus treatment. I introduced the Care for COVID-19 Act so that health plans ensure patients have no out-of-pocket costs associated with diagnostics and care for COVID-19. We must provide families with the medical and financial support they need to stay healthy and weather this storm.”

"Those who have lost their jobs as a result of this crisis shouldn’t have to worry about crushing medical debt whether it be COVID-19 related or simply the result of an unforeseen medical expense,” said Representative Malinowski. “It’s more important than ever that individuals remain insured. We owe our families that safety net."

People must be able to access the health care they need, especially in a public health crisis like the coronavirus pandemic. It is important that Americans not forego care due to fears of costs and potential medical debt. Some people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have been hit with large medical bills simply for seeking treatment.