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  • A Doctor's note on Coronavirus
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on May 27, 2020 | Preview rr

    May 27, 2020 Dear Friends, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published interim guidelines for COVID-19 antibody testing. The CDC updated the guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in retirement communities and independent living facilities. The CDC also released guidance for communities of faith as they begin re-opening. A coalition that includes The MITRE Corporation and Microsoft launched “The Fight Is In Us” to help recruit individuals who have recovered from COVID... Read more

  • Time to Get to Work
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on May 27, 2020 | Preview rr

    I sent a letter to Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy asking for him to include my name as a plaintiff in his lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Democratic rule on proxy voting. Two weeks ago, when the House rule was changed, only 12 members were unable to make it to Washington. Today was much different with over 70 members voting via proxy. What happened in the last two weeks? Governing is difficult. But we had two weeks’ notice before today’s vote. We had two weeks to plan and find ... Read more

  • A Doctor's Note on Coronavirus
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on May 26, 2020 | Preview rr

    May 26, 2020 Dear Friends, The Federal Communications Commission announced a partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services to promote the use of $50 million in funding to museums and libraries to expand digital network access, purchase Internet accessible devices and provide technical support to communities during this pandemic. Premier, a health care improvement company, invested in a domestic face mask manufacturer, Prestige Ameritech, to bolster the domestic personal protecti... Read more

  • May 22: Relief is on its Way
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on May 22, 2020 | Preview rr

    May 22, 2020 Dear Friends, This morning, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the distribution of $4.9 billion to skilled nursing facilities. This funding is part of the $175 billion in provider relief included in the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published considerations for health care providers taking care of newborns at risk of catching COVID-19. The CDC also released... Read more

  • A Doctor's Note on Coronavirus
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on May 21, 2020 | Preview rr

    May 21, 2020 Dear Friends, Encouraging news from Health and Human Services (HHS) with the announcement that the agency will collaborate with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to accelerate the development and manufacturing of the company’s vaccine candidate. Also, HHS created a webpage with information about COVID-19 countermeasures. This webpage includes details about the government’s distribution methods of 600,000+ vials of remdesivir that was donated by Gilead Sciences. The Department of A... Read more

  • A Doctor's Note on Coronavirus
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on May 20, 2020 | Preview rr

    May 20, 2020 Dear Friends, The Health Resources and Services Administration will provide $225 million to over 4,500 Rural Health Clinics across the nation for COVID-19 testing. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released additional blanket waivers that will modify the data collection and reporting period for ground ambulance organizations. CMS also released information on billing codes for COVID-19 diagnostic laboratory tests. The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Tr... Read more

  • A Doctor's note on Coronavirus
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on May 19, 2020 | Preview rr

    May 19, 2020 Dear Friends, A major lesson from this Coronavirus pandemic is that we cannot allow China to gain an advantage in emerging technology industries. Today, I introduced the Advancing 3D Printing Act to ensure America continues to lead in the development of this technology. National Update The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released guidance to help state and local officials safely reopen nursing homes. The National Institutes of Health launched a study on the effects of COVI... Read more

  • A Doctor's note on Coronavirus
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on May 18, 2020 | Preview rr

    May 18, 2020 Dear Friends, This morning, Moderna made a big announcement that positive data emerged from the Phase 1 study of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service announced an extension of waiver approvals through June 30, 2020 for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children and the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. The Journal of the American Medical Association published a paper about the partn... Read more

  • A Doctor's note on Coronavirus
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on May 17, 2020 | Preview rr

    May 17, 2020 Dear Friends, We have all heard about them. We have seen them. We may even know them. There are many stories of the unsung heroes working selflessly to serve others during these difficult times. In our homes, in our hospitals, and in communities across our state – Texans are showing up to put others first. Whether it’s a doctor or nurse working overtime, a neighbor volunteering to make masks, or a friend taking time to deliver groceries for the most vulnerable, let’s take the time ... Read more

  • A Doctor's note on Coronavirus
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on May 15, 2020 | Preview rr

    May 15, 2020 Dear Friends, Today, the House of Representatives considered two actions. The first, was a rule change to allow members to vote via proxy. And the second was H.R. 6800, known as the HEROES Act. Now do not be deceived by its name because it will not help our heroes battling COVID-19 on the front lines. During March and April, Congress passed four emergency appropriations bills. Implementation of these pieces of legislation is just beginning. It is critical that Congress is deliberat... Read more