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AMAC Supports Affordable Coronavirus Testing

testingS. 4198 helps Americans, particularly those on a limited income, obtain critical COVID-19 antibody testing.

August 26, 2020

The Honorable Rick Scott
Senator from Florida
716 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Joni Ernst
Senator from Iowa
730 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Martha McSally
Senator from Arizona
404 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senators Scott, Ernst, and McSally,

On behalf of the 2.2 million members of AMAC – Association of Mature American Citizens, we are pleased to support enactment of S. 4198, the “Affordable Coronavirus Testing Act.”

AMAC and its members have been passionately involved in the effort to make healthcare in America as transparent as possible. As an organization and like you, we believe that freemarket competition will drive down costs and give healthcare consumers many more choices, which is something that pricing transparency accomplishes.

S. 4198 is great initiative in the national need to help the American people, particularly those on limited incomes, to obtain COVID-19 antibodies testing. In this connection, the bill requires all health insurance plans, private and government including Medicare, Medicaid, the CHIPs program, veterans, and military personnel, to cover through 2021 without cost sharing COVID- 19 serology testing, which looks for the presence of antibodies made in response to an infection.

In addition, the bill thoughtfully and compassionately requires the Department of Health and Human Services to reimburse, through the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, health care providers for the cost of providing diagnosis and treatment for COVID-19 to
individuals without health insurance.

I am pleased to offer our organization’s full support for enactment of S.4198, the “Affordable Coronavirus Testing Act.”

Bob Carlstrom
AMAC Action

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