Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act Includes Important Patient Protections
Statement by Marc M. Boutin, JD, Chief Executive Officer
The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, passed today by the House of Representatives, includes many important patient-focused provisions as well as important improvements to help nonprofit patient organizations that serve people most at risk for COVID-19 while also dealing with the negative economic impact of the virus. By including provisions such as prohibiting cost-sharing for treatment, testing, and vaccines in any kind of coverage; increased federal spending for Medicaid programs; COBRA premium subsidies; a Special Enrollment Period for public health emergencies; and drug refill policy clarification, those with chronic diseases and disabilities can be assured of continued coverage for care during this unprecedented time. We also are pleased that the HEROES Act includes a vital lifeline for charities by strengthening the Paycheck Protection Program to prioritize nonprofit organizations. While we know the Senate is likely to introduce separate COVID legislation, we look forward to working with them to include these critical provisions. People with chronic diseases and disabilities are counting on them.