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A Doctor's note on Coronavirus

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Washington, May 6, 2020 | comments

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May 6, 2020

Dear Friends,

Pfizer and German pharmaceutical company BioNTech began human trials of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate and are preparing to amplify production in the coming months if there is continued success.

National Update:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced equitable relief for Medicare Part A and Part B enrollment through June 17, 2020.

  • Also, CMS released guidance to Medicare Advantage Organizations, Part D plan sponsors, and Medicare-Medicaid plans clarifying that the Special Enrollment Period for Individuals Affected by a FEMA-Declared Weather Related Emergency or Major Disaster is available for certain beneficiaries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Texas Update:
Governor Abbott announced that he will be providing information for wedding venues, salons, office buildings, gyms and more to open in the coming days.

The Texas Education Agency released guidance for four different options that schools may consider to honor their 2020 graduates.

The Department of Treasury updated its FAQ document for Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act funding to state and local governments; Texas is expected to receive more than $11 billion.

The Federal Communications Commission approved 26 additional funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program – three of which went to health care providers in Texas.

Until next time, this is your doctor's note.

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Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D.

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