Following the release of the Senate's text of the CARES Act, the third legislative package on the coronavirus relief effort, Illinois 16th Dist. Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) sent a letter to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and Whip Steve Scalise asking for specific provisions to help rural hospitals, streamline the bureaucracy in getting equipment to healthcare facilities, and combat misinformation campaigns on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout the week, Congressman Kinzinger spoke with local health providers and leaders in the agriculture community, and brought their concerns into conversations with his House colleagues.
“Now more than ever we must protect the critical healthcare infrastructure providing care within our communities, including rural areas," Kinzinger said " As we assess this CARES Act package in the House or as we look ahead to subsequent coronavirus-related legislation, I would like to see provisions included that provide: additional support for rural hospitals, flexible and responsive nutritional care for seniors and our most vulnerable neighbors, clearly defined liability standards to prevent frivolous lawsuits, and a streamlined bureaucracy so that we can get these resources out to where it’s needed most. These are unprecedented times, and I remain committed to doing my part in providing much needed relief to our health care system and our economy, as best we possibly can.”
Over the weekend, Kinzinger implored Illinoisans to adhere to Gov. JB Pritzker's shelter in place order.
"The spread of the #coronavirus is very serious, and it needs to be contained. I know it's not what we want to do, but a shelter in place is what we NEED to do—especially as we learn more about #COVID19. This is the right call, folks. Staying home WILL save lives," Kinzinger posted to Twitter.