Mar 5 2020

Bipartisan legislation will provide $8.3 billion to combat the spread of the coronavirus  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) supported bipartisan legislation that will provide $8.3 billion in federal funding to combat the spread of the coronavirus and support research and vaccine development. Senator Tillis helped secure at least $13 million for North Carolina to be used for emergency preparedness. The bipartisan legislation will soon be signed into law by President Trump.

“As the nation works to combat the spread of coronavirus, the health and well-being of every North Carolinian is my top priority,” said Senator Tillis. “I worked on a bipartisan basis to build support for this $8.3 billion package to provide federal, state, and local partners the resources they need for a comprehensive response. I will continue to work to keep North Carolinians up to date and ensure we have the support and assistance we need to combat the coronavirus.”

The bipartisan legislation includes:

  • $3.4 billion to assist in procurement of medical supplies for federal and state response efforts; vaccine, therapeutics, and diagnostics research and development; and hospital and health system preparedness;
  • $950 million to go to state, local and tribal governments, with half of the funding being allocated to cities, states and tribes within 30 days of the legislation’s enactment;
  • $490 million to provide Medicare beneficiaries with better access to remote/telehealth services.

Earlier today, Senator Tillis released a video describing the steps that are being taken to protect North Carolinians. Watch the video HERE.