Loeffler Asks Administration to Allow At-Risk Patients to Receive Treatments at Home
Sends Letter to Help Georgia Seniors Avoid Exposure to COVID-19
ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler asked the Trump Administration to allow at-risk Georgians to receive certain infused and injectable treatments at home to prevent their exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Loeffler joined 29 other senators in a bipartisan letter requesting that U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma allow Medicare patients to receive certain infusion treatments at home to reduce at-risk patients’ exposure to COVID-19.
“As the CDC and researchers across the world have noted, COVID-19 presents the most severe health risks to older individuals, as well as to those with underlying conditions, making the Medicare-covered population especially vulnerable to this dangerous disease,” the senators wrote. “Unfortunately, Medicare beneficiaries in need of medical care or treatment for issues unrelated to the pandemic too often face a grueling decision, whereby they must choose between forgoing the services and medications they need by staying home or, alternatively seeking care in a hospital setting or physician’s office…it is vital that we act now to ensure that all Americans, particularly those at highest risk of severe illness from COVID-19, can receive the care and medications that they need in the safest possible setting. For a growing number of beneficiaries, that setting is the home.”
Loeffler joined the following senators in sending the letter: Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).
The full letter is available here.
Loeffler has asked the administration to take steps to assist Georgians during the COVID-19 outbreak, including:
- Loeffler urged the administration to ensure farmers have access to vetted, temporary workers.
- Loeffler asked the administration to prioritize funding to rural hospitals.
- Loeffler asked the administration to automatically qualify seniors for the $1,200 cash payments as a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as opposed to requiring seniors to file tax returns to receive the payment. The U.S. Department of Treasury then clarified seniors will receive automatic payments.
- Loeffler urged the administration to expedite the processing of visas for foreign nurses to ensure rural communities can hire more nurses and continue to care for those in need.