The Trump administration is proposing to pay $8.5 billion for COVID relief for those who can’t afford their COVID treatments and will waive others for up to 30 days.
But the plan also has a provision that would let those who cannot pay their medical bills avoid the federal contribution entirely by filing a petition with the court.
The White House says that is necessary to ensure that those who are uninsured can get the full relief, but it has also said that the $8 million figure is based on the amount of COVID funding the government has put in place.
“There is no justification for requiring patients to pay for treatment,” the White House said in a statement.
“Under this proposal, people who can pay for their care and have the financial means to do so will be able to do just that.
That is a good first step, but the administration should also provide additional funding to help those with low incomes afford COVID treatment and other treatment, including emergency services, nursing home care, and prescription drugs.”
The proposal comes as more than 2,200 people have died in the United States and more than 3,200 have been treated for COVI.
Since the coronavirus outbreak began, states and health systems have been struggling to respond to an unprecedented spike in COVIS-19 deaths, which have exceeded 3,000 for the first time in history.
In September, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it had found at least 9,200 cases of COV-19 in the first seven months of this year, more than triple the previous peak in October.
On Friday, the Trump administration announced it would provide $4.5 million in COV relief for the states and $2.8 billion for the private sector.
But it also announced that the administration would waive the COVID payment for people who are under age 65 and those who have health insurance that covers COVID medications.
Under the proposal, those who do not qualify for COV payments will still be eligible for $3,300 in COVS-like COVID drug discounts for the duration of the COVAIDS program, as well as a waiver for families with dependent children.