WASHINGTON - New Jersey Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-7th and Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-CA) introduced the the Care for COVID-19 Act yesterday, a bill that would require health insurance companies to cover the costs related to COVID-19 treatment including: diagnostic services, supportive care, vaccines, prescriptions, and doctors’ visits.

Malinowski is an original co-sponsor of this legislation.

The Seventh Congressional District extends through six New Jersey counties and includes several towns in Somerset County, including Somerville adn Hillsborough.

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In addition to eliminating cost-sharing for patients, the bill would establish a Special Enrollment Period for the Affordable Care Act marketplace, allowing the nearly 30 million Americans living without health insurance, to enroll in a health plan.

As job losses grow because of the COVID-19 pandemic and employer provided health coverage becomes less reliable, it is imperative that those hit hardest by this crisis be given the opportunity to gain coverage through the federal insurance exchange, Malinowski said.
 
“The cost of treatment should not stand in the way of an effective public health response,” he added. “We are not going to defeat this virus unless everyone has access to the care they need.”