Sen. Cruz to introduce legislation to expand healthcare access

Legislation will make testing more available

HOUSTON, Texas – As the nation works to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and re-open America’s economy, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today announced his intention to introduce two pieces of legislation when Congress returns to expand healthcare access and make testing more accessible and widely available.

To expand healthcare access, especially in the communities hit hardest by the coronavirus, Sen. Cruz will introduce the Equal Access to Care Act – legislation to allow licensed health care providers to use telemedicine to treat patients over the phone and online wherever there is a health need, regardless of the state where the healthcare provider is licensed or patient is located. By removing existing barriers to telemedicine, this legislation will increase the number of providers who can offer telemedicine across the nation, allow more Americans to access treatment without leaving their homes, and free up local healthcare providers to treat patients who require in-person medical care.

To make testing more accessible and widely available, Sen. Cruz will introduce the Right to Test Act – legislation to empower states with the authority to approve and distribute diagnostic tests when the state or nation has declared a public health emergency. By empowering states with this authority, this legislation will help address the testing delays that occurred earlier at the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and allow states to more rapidly respond to the evolving health needs of their communities as they work to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

 

Courtesy: Senator Ted Cruz Press Office