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Tipton Bill Allows for Faster COVID-19 Response for Elderly and Homeless

March 20, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) introduced a bill to allow the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to identify potential COVID-19 (Coronavirus) “hotspots” through data sharing with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Specifically, the bill, the Improving Emergency Disease Response via Housing Act, H.R. 6294, would require HUD to share data with HHS about the locations of affordable housing units for seniors (Section 202 elderly housing properties), as well as its data on known homeless encampments during the Coronavirus emergency. The data sharing will enable HHS to develop targeted responses for the populations most vulnerable to Coronavirus, so they can faster deliver information and care during the outbreak. After introducing the bill, Tipton provided the following statement:

“Since the initial outbreak of Coronavirus became publicly known, protecting the most vulnerable has been and remains a national priority. My bill would allow HHS to use existing HUD data to better target potential coronavirus hotspots among the elderly and homeless populations. Congress must continue to work expeditiously to respond effectively to the current outbreak. I urge my colleagues to support my bill and hope that it receives fast consideration on the House floor.”

Full text of the bill can be found here.

Tipton’s recent efforts to combat the COVID-19 outbreak:

Tipton and Colorado delegation send letters to FEMA and the Small Business Administration requesting expeditated disaster relief assistance.

Tipton and 414 other House members support an emergency supplemental funding bill, which was signed into law by President Trump.

Tipton sends two letters, one addressed to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield, MD, and the other to Colorado Governor Jared Polis, requesting that the unique needs of rural Coloradans be thoroughly addressed with any response plan to combat COVID-19 .

Tipton and Colorado delegation send letter to Dr. Redfield to expedite the allocation of additional funds to be used to combat the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.