Washington- In order to combat the growing threat to public health, lawmakers in the House and Senate have reached a deal Wednesday morning to provide $8.3 billion in emergency aid to combat the coronavirus.
The package includes nearly $7.8 billion for agencies handling the virus which is substantially larger than the proposal from the White House in lat February. An estimated $500 million will allow Medicare providers to administer “telehealth” services for elderly patients who are at a far greater risk of the virus.
The immediate response was an acknowledgment of the urgency of this growing crisis outlined by government health officials in their treatment of the virus.
President Trump, in a news conference last week, vowed that he would “spend whatever is appropriate” to combat this outbreak.