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CCarl cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Access to Affordable Health Care for Seniors

Today, Congressman Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) issued the following statement regarding two pieces of bipartisan legislation he has cosponsored. The CONNECT for Health Act of 2021, led by Rep. Thompson (D-CA) and Rep. Johnson (R-OH), would make permanent the telehealth flexibilities allowed through Medicare since January 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act, led by Rep. Carter (R-GA) and Rep. Welch (D-VT), would allow community pharmacies in medically underserved areas to participate in Medicare Part D (prescription drugs) preferred pharmacy networks. Both pieces of legislation would increase access to affordable health care for seniors across the nation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many things, including the importance of expanding and maintaining affordable, accessible health care options for our nation’s seniors. I’m proud to work with a bipartisan group of colleagues on legislation to ensure our nation’s seniors can continue using telehealth options under their Medicare plan, while also enabling them to fill their prescriptions from a local pharmacy of their choosing.

The Connect for Health Act of 2021 was introduced in the 117th Congress in April and currently has 79 cosponsors. It is supported by more than 150 organizations, including the American Hospital Association, the American Heart Association, and the American Medical Association. The Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act of 2021 was also introduced in April and has 16 cosponsors.

Congressman Carl’s office can be reached at 202-225-4931.