As a former Physician Assistant, health care is an issue very close to the heart of Congressmember Karen Bass. With experience working in one of the nation's largest trauma wards in the country, Congressmember Bass advocates and legislates with the goal of making health care right, not a privilege. She believes the richest country in the history of the world should not struggle to cover its citizens.
Now, as we face a global pandemic, Congressmember Bass continues to advocate for quality, affordable health coverage for all.
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“Today’s action is consistent with the Biden administration’s commitment to advancing racial equity and addressing health disparities in this country with fact-based, scientific action. The tobacco industry must no longer be permitted to use menthol cigarettes to profit at the expense of the health of Black Americans.
"PAs across the nation are providing high-quality healthcare to patients in both our largest cities and in America's most rural areas," said Rep. Bass. "In the next decade the demand for PAs is only going to increase and Congress needs to act today to make sure that we have the qualified health care professionals ready to meet the growing need."
More information about the bill:
The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 will build on existing maternal health legislation, like policies to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage, with 12 bills to comprehensively address every dimension of America’s maternal health crisis. The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act makes investments in social determinants of health, community-based organizations, the growth and diversification of the perinatal workforce, improvements in data collection, and support for moms and babies exposed to climate change-related risks.
“There are currently nearly 2,400 children in Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) custody, including licensed shelters.
“The WHO plays a vital role in supporting and enforcing international health regulations, educating the public, and strengthening the ability of health systems—particularly those in the developing world—to prevent, detect, and respond to outbreaks. The organization is not perfect, and we should thoroughly review its early handling of this crisis, particularly its engagement with Chinese authorities, and advocate for appropriate reforms,” wrote the lawmakers.
"President Donald Trump’s absolute abdication of international responsibility and leadership is now unequivocally apparent.
The bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to collect and report racial, ethnic, and other demographic data on COVID-19 testing, treatment, and fatality rates, and provide a summary of the final statistics and a report to Congress within 60 days after the end of the public health emergency. The legislation comes as reports across the United States point to stark racial disparities in COVID-19 cases and fatalities. In
Full text of today’s letter is available here or below.
April 13, 2020
In a letter to House Leadership, the lawmakers recognized that choices being made during this response will shape society and policy making for years, if not decades, to come and without consideration policymakers risk exacerbating interrelated crises of income and wealth inequality, racism, and ecological decline.
The five principles outlined by the lawmakers are:
Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) joined KCRW's Madeline Brand on Press Play to discuss why Black Americans seem to be dying at disproportionately high rates from COVID-19. Listen to the interview here.
Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) joined KPFK's Earl Ofari Hutchinson on The Hutchinson Report to discuss the new COVID-19 relief bill. Watch the interview below.