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COVID Relief Day 2: Larson Votes for Critical Health Care Access and Aid for Nursing Homes

February 11, 2021
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted to strengthen access to quality, affordable health care during the pandemic and increase aid for nursing homes to combat COVID. This is the second day of the Ways and Means Committee’s markup of the American Rescue Plan to provide COVID relief to Americans.  

“We are in the midst of a public health crisis and access to quality, affordable health care is critical to help families get through this pandemic. Today, we advanced legislation that will allow unemployed Americans to continue to have access to the health insurance they had through their employer (known as COBRA) and expands access for the unemployed to ACA marketplaces. President Biden’s American Rescue Plan would cut premium costs in half for a family of four in Connecticut earning $120,000/year and it would cut costs by 40 percent for a couple earning $75,000/year jointly in Connecticut. During a pandemic, it is imperative that Americans are able to access the health care they need. These steps will help them do that,” said Larson. 

“Additionally, the American Rescue Plan makes significant investments to address the spread of COVID-19 in skilled nursing facilities. In Connecticut, there have been more than 3,800 nursing home related deaths from COVID. This legislation invests $200 million to help control infections in nursing homes and provides $250 million for Strike Teams to go into nursing homes as soon as a COVID outbreak occurs to help keep it from spreading. This legislation is a welcome and critical investment to protect some of our states’ most vulnerable.”