U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is backing a push to ensure the nation’s immigrants have access to coronavirus treatment and testing.
Gillibrand signed onto legislation that would strengthen access to health care during the pandemic.
Provisions include modifying President Donald Trump’s administration’s policies if they deter immigrants from seeking care, providing coverage for treatment of coronavirus under Medicaid regardless of immigration status, and $100 million in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to bolster language access.
The measure would also enable immigrants to access direct federal relief efforts through an individual tax identification number.
“This virus does not discriminate and it has put some of our country’s most vulnerable on the front lines of this public health emergency from health care, to home care, to our food supply,” Gillibrand said. “We must immediately fill in the gaps so that in this unprecedented time, everyone in our country is supported and protected. I’m proud to fight for New York’s large immigrant community and other vulnerable populations to ensure we all have access to critical care and resources without fear of discrimination or retribution.”