Rick Scott Introduces Affordable Coronavirus Testing Act

On Monday, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., showcased his proposal to ensure more Americans are able to have coronavirus tests covered by their insurance.

Scott introduced the “Affordable Coronavirus Testing Act” last week with U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., as a cosponsor. The Florida Republican’s office insisted the bill will help ensure “all Americans have access to affordable COVID-19 tests, that antibody tests are covered by insurance, and that testing information is efficiently shared among health care providers and public health officials” and Scott pointed to “reports that insurance companies are using loopholes in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to deny or restrict coverage for COVID-19 testing.”

On Monday, Scott weighed in on his proposal.

“Widespread coronavirus testing is one of the best ways we can fight this virus and get our economy re-opened. Reports that some health insurers are limiting or denying coronavirus testing coverage are unacceptable and dangerous, and my Affordable Coronavirus Testing Act will make sure every American has access to affordable coronavirus detection and antibody tests when they need them,” Scott said.

The bill would also have the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) keep finds in reserve to help test Americans who do not have insurance. Scott’s proposal would also ensure the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) update its data systems to ensure information is more accessible for medical professionals.

Scott’s bill was sent to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee last week. So far, there is no companion measure over in the U.S. House.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

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