Thompson, 32 Members Ask CA Insurance Commissioner to Ensure Businesses Can Use Business Interruption Insurance Will help small businesses remain solvent throughout Coronavirus
St. Helena – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and 32 bipartisan Members of the California delegation in writing to California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara asking him to use his authority to ensure insurance companies comply with their business interruption policies. After hearing that some businesses that had purchased this insurance were getting denied, Thompson and the other signers wrote the below letter to help the businesses get these claims filled so they can remain solvent throughout closures due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Thompson Marks Passage of Third Coronavirus Response Package Calls it a critical compromise to boost health and economic relief
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, lauded the House passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the third Coronavirus response package. The bill now heads to the President’s desk for signature. A statement from Thompson is below.
Thompson Statement on Newly Released Coronavirus Relief Package Notes he will study final text once released
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, released the following statement on the third Coronavirus relief package, the outline of which was unveiled early this morning.
Thompson Applauds Disaster Declaration for California Wrote to Administration asking for assistance, calls declaration an important first step
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) lauded the President’s decision to declare a major disaster in California due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This declaration unlocks emergency protective measures, such as medical equipment, to help the state combat the spread of the pandemic and support people who have already been hit financially. Thompson previously wrote to the President asking him to make this declaration, citing the disproportionate impact of the health crisis on his state.
Thompson Applauds Expanded Telehealth Benefits Based on His Legislation Will help more people connect with doctors, cut down on Coronavirus spread
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, announced that the Administration has put out guidance to expand the use of telehealth as authorized by Thompson’s legislation included in the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which passed the House earlier this month. Increased use of telehealth will help more people speak with a doctor during this public health crisis and decrease the spread of the virus as fewer people will have to be in waiting rooms, emergency departments, and other health care facilities to receive care
Thompson Votes to Pass Families First Coronavirus Response Act Bill boosts government response to virus, offers safety net for families impacted by pandemic
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, voted to pass H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill addresses the health and financial effects of the spreading Coronavirus on families in America. A statement from Thompson is below. Thompson also addressed the President’s Emergency Disaster Declaration.
Thompson, Matsui, Garamendi and Huffman Introduce Bill Introduce Bill Requiring Reimbursements for Cancelled Cruises Bill would help address cancellations due to coronavirus
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-06), Rep. John Garamendi (CA-03), and Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02) announced they have introduced legislation to require cruise lines to reimburse passengers whose trips have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus. This would apply for tickets purchased on or before February 1, 2020 and to cancellations both from the cruise line itself and by the passenger because of concerns over the ongoing public health emergency. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised that travelers defer all cruise ship travel at this time.
Chairman Thompson Announces Record Bipartisan Support for NICS Funding 196 Members voice support for background checks funding
Washington – Today Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that a record 196 Members of Congress have signed his letter to Appropriators requesting $100 million to fund the National Instant Background Checks System (NICS). Funding will allow states to update their databases and improve communication between states and the NICS system. A copy of the letter is below and a signed version is attached.
Thompson, Eshoo Announce PHONE Act Approved by Subcommittee Bipartisan disaster relief bill lets survivors keep phone numbers
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-18) announced that Thompson’s bipartisan PHONE Act has been referred by the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology to the full committee for consideration, the final step before a vote on the House floor. H.R. 1289, the PHONE Act, would allow residents who lost their homes to natural disasters, such as wildfires, to keep their phone numbers at no cost to them while they rebuild.
Thompson Votes to Pass Coronavirus Funding Package That Includes His Telehealth Legislation Bill provides $8.3 million to combat Coronavirus
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) voted to pass the bipartisan Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. The package included Thompson’s legislation to waive existing telehealth restrictions during the Coronavirus public health emergency. This bipartisan provision would suspend some Medicare telehealth restrictions to allow seniors to get medical care via telehealth. Many Medicare beneficiaries would also be able to get health care in their own homes via telehealth. This increases health care opportunities for those who are sick and helps to slow the spread of the virus.