COVID-19, Federal Efforts
Federal Support Response
USofCare is structuring our COVID response work around several core areas:
- Creating and scaling smart solutions. Creating policy menus and ideas for consideration at state, federal, and institutional levels. Sharing best practices, policies, messaging, and innovative approaches to scale quickly to other areas.
- Connecter. Bring people and solutions together to tackle hard problems. “Matchmaking” between supply (of expertise, models, or literal operational supplies) and demand (requests/needs from states, feds, stakeholders.)
- Amplify. Amplify and communicate public health needs/ directives to political and business leaders, and the public at large. Specifically, we are supporting the #stayhome campaign.
We are available to partner with you to solve challenges, develop solutions and provide access to our experts and Founder’s Council. Email us at [email protected] and let’s discuss how we can collaborate.
Also, in terms of guidance, on March 20, 2020 United States of Care released a federal policy agenda to advise Congress and the administration on how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. On behalf of our Executive Director, Emily Barson, and Board Chairman Andy Slavitt, please see the below and included link to our document:
- Priority 1: Provide a significant, sustained commitment to support front-line medical workers, and to treat them as a protected class for the duration of declared federal and state emergencies.
- Priority 2: Allow Americans the financial wherewithal to withstand up to 18 months of isolation and job loss; the ability to social distance will have a direct impact on the expected death toll.
- Priority 3: Support the health care costs of Americans who are afflicted with COVID-19 and impacted by the economic downturn, and by extension provide financial support for states, hospitals, community health centers, and other health care institutions.
- Priority 4: Protect the most vulnerable Americans from COVID-19: people with underlying chronic medical conditions, those living in close quarters or otherwise unable to practice social distancing, and seniors–especially those in nursing homes.
- Priority 5: Put the full resources of the entire nation to their maximum use in order to respond to pressing medical and public health infrastructure needs.
For More: United States of Care COVID-19 Policy Agenda.