November 24, 2020

The 19th: Sen. Elizabeth Warren to introduce $8 billion relief bill to help underserved Americans during pandemic

If passed, the COVID Community Care Act would funnel emergency funding to Black, Latinx and Native American communities that have been especially hard hit by the pandemic.

Arguing that the federal response to the pandemic has largely overlooked millions of Americans, Sen. Elizabeth Warren plans to introduce the COVID Community Care Act — a move first shared with The 19th. 

The $8 billion relief bill would provide grants for community-based organizations and nonprofits to conduct testing, tracing and outreach activities in communities with higher virus rates or that have historically lacked access to medical care. Women account for 75 percent of full-time health care workers and about 73 percent of the nonprofit workforce.

“COVID-19 has laid bare the systemic racism embedded in the U.S. health care system — that our country’s legacy of discrimination has prevented communities of color from accessing the health care services they need,” the Massachusetts senator said in a statement. 


Read the full article on The 19th here.

By:  Mariel Padilla
Source: The 19th