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Physicians: Tell the Senate to pass COVID-19 Phase 4 legislation

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As the country continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the House has taken the first step by passing its version of “phase four” coronavirus relief legislation.  Now it’s the Senate’s turn and they are expected to introduce their plan in the coming weeks.

As Senators consider how they will approach a coronavirus relief bill package to confront this emergency of extraordinary—and yet, unknown—proportions, the AMA strongly urges they take critical steps to protect patient access to care by preserving the viability of physician practices as part of the nation’s essential health care system.

Specifically, it is important that the Senate’s legislation include:

  • Continue the expansion of and add flexibility for Medicare accelerated and advanced payments to give physicians greater ability to deal with the current crisis
  • Better address Medicare and Medicaid payment policy to account for the lack of positive updates to further assist America’s doctors caring for patients during the pandemic
  • Include direct financial support to help sustain physician practices through the COVID-19 crisis including access to small business loans recently authorized by the Small Business Administration
  • Continue support for the expansion of telehealth by requiring ERISA group health plans to provide the same telehealth services being covered by Medicare
  • Increase support for resident physicians and students through federal loan forgiveness and tuition relief, including third and fourth year medical students
  • Institute broader liability protection for physicians and clinicians as they continue their front-line fight against COVID-19

Read the AMA’s joint letter with state medical and specialty societies sent to Congressional leadership.

The House got the ball rolling for this latest round of crucial COVID-19 stimulus, but now the Senate must step up to finish the job.  Much has been done in the battle to curb the pandemic, but the catastrophic damage has taken an undeniable toll.  Stimulus relief to date has helped, but is far from sufficient and every day that goes by without Congress passing a complete package and sending it to the President’s desk is a stark reminder of how much more must be done to protect America’s patients and those that are on the front lines taking care of them.

Please contact your Senators today and tell them that their phase four coronavirus relief legislation must include the physician and patient protections outlined above.


Dear Senator/Representative,

Thank you for recently passing the CARES Act. This legislation was a meaningful step in the battle against COVID-19 and in preserving the health care infrastructure in this time of crisis. As the Senate considers additional COVID-19 legislation, the physician community urges the Senate to take additional steps to preserve the viability of physician practices. Any additional COVID-19 package must:

· Continue the expansion of and add flexibility for Medicare accelerated and advanced payments

· Address Medicare & Medicaid payment policy to account for the lack of positive updates to assist doctors caring for patients

· Include direct financial support to sustain physician practices through the COVID-19 crisis including small business loans

· Continue the expansion of telehealth by requiring ERISA plans to provide the same services covered by Medicare

· Increase support for resident physicians and students through loan forgiveness/tuition relief

· Institute broader liability protection for doctors as they fight COVID-19

Please support any additional COVID-19 legislation that includes the additional protections outlined above.

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Petition Signers

Dr. Benjamin R., NJ
2 weeks ago
Dr. Moona H., TX
2 weeks ago
Dr. Jingwen H., HI
2 weeks ago
Dr. James D., IL
2 weeks ago
Dr. Michael M., CA
2 weeks ago
Telehealth is an important component of rapid progress in remote patient monitoring the can improve quality, access, and lower cost.
Dr. Jason J., AZ
2 weeks ago
Dr. Martha F., CA
2 weeks ago
Dr. Shawn V., NY
2 weeks ago
Dr. Mkihail V., CA
2 weeks ago
Dr. Stephen M., TX
2 weeks ago
Telehealth has become a critical and necessary pathway for me to continue treating patients during this pandemic. It has proven effective and efficient. The benefits extend beyond limiting the spread of Covid-19 and include increased access for patients with mobility or transportation issues or who live in more remote locations to our specialty services. Telehealth must be continued and expanded regardless of Covid-19.
Dr. Eric L., HI
2 weeks ago
Dr. Dr.Ram R., CA
2 weeks ago
Strongly support the phase 4 legislation
Dr. Katerina P., MD
2 weeks ago
Please allow telemedicine access across the United States. This is improve our ability as physicians to reach patients who have barriers to physically accessing care.
Dr. Edgar F., AR
2 weeks ago
Dr. Rami T, TX
2 weeks ago
Dr. Daniela G., TX
2 weeks ago
Dr. Susan C., AZ
2 weeks ago
It’s impossible to provide quality care and intervention to my patients when they are too frightened to be seen. Telemedicine is not the answer for all but for many, in this setting of rampant out if control infection,, it may be the only option. Insuring all medical needs are met is imperative.
Dr. Karen L., NJ
2 weeks ago
Dr. Francis R., CA
2 weeks ago
I am an endocrinologist. I just saw an 81 years old patient who just had pancreatic cancer surgery and who needed new insulin treatment. His daughter is an RN but she works and lives in Arizona. We were able to connect each other on Zoom and had a very successful first encounter. Telemedicine allows so much potential and convenience to our patients and we wonder why we waited until the pandemic to allow this . Please allow telehealth to prosper, make it a permanent benefit to our patients, thanks
Dr. Layne G., OH
2 weeks ago