Donald J. Ttump
President Donald J. Trump recently signed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act into law. However, the question remains whether the legislation will be enough to save everyone the medical community.
The law, known as the CARES Act, contains multiple provisions to lessen the economic impact of COVID-19 on the medical community and help medical professionals continue to provide care to their patients.
“This will deliver urgently needed relief to our nation’s families, workers and businesses,” Trump said after signing the bill into law. “This legislation provides for direct payments to individuals and unprecedented support to small businesses. We’re going to keep our small businesses strong and our big businesses strong. And that’s keeping our country strong and our jobs strong.”
According to the websites of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the AMA, some parts of the CARES Act relevant to health care community include:
- the expansions of telehealth services;
- rural health care services outreach, rural health network development and small health care provider quality improvement grant programs;
- increased access to post-acute care during the COVID-19 emergency period;
- expanded access to lab testing without cost-sharing;
- enhanced funding for personal protective equipment (PPE) and changes to the Strategic National Stockpile to include other medical supplies; and
- loan programs that can cover some physician offices’ payrolls for 8 weeks.
The CARES Act passed with bi-partisan support. – by Janel Miller
AAFP. COVID-19: Financial relief for family physicians.https://www.aafp.org/patient-care/emergency/2019-coronavirus/financial-relief.html Accessed April 8, 2020.
AMA. CARES Act: Loans and other financial assistance for physician practices.https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/cares-act-loans-other-financial-assistance-physician-practices.Accessed April 8, 2020.
AMA. What the CARES Act means for physicians and medical students.https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/what-cares-act-means-physicians-medical-students.Accessed April 8, 2020.
O’Reilly KB. What the $2 trillion coronavirus relief plan means for doctors. AMA. March 27, 2020. https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/what-2-trillion-coronavirus-relief-plan-means-doctors. Accessed April 8, 2020.
White House. Remarks by President Trump at signing of H.R.748, The CARES Act. March 27, 2020.https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-signing-h-r-748-cares-act/. Accessed April 8, 2020.