LOS ANGELES, CA – LA County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, First District, released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion urging the federal government to expediently approve COVID-19 funding:
“For the last two years, federal COVID-19 relief funding has been critical in supporting our efforts in Los Angeles County to combat this unprecedented pandemic. With these resources, our County, with our federally qualified health centers, hospitals, and community partners, has created an extensive testing network, supported a massive vaccination effort with large scale and mobile vaccination sites, distributed PPE to our most vulnerable, and delivered lifesaving therapies and treatments to those with COVID-19. These funds were essential, and they helped us provide services to those most in need, including low-income communities and communities of color.
Unless federal support continues, we will be faced with the alarming loss of services for those who need it most, including our uninsured residents. Absent immediate Congressional action the federal government will no longer provide reimbursement for testing and treatment and cut off funding for vaccination efforts for our healthcare partners who provide services to uninsured residents.
As someone who has served both in Congress and in a Presidential Administration, I know all too well the challenges of advancing significant pieces of legislation. But we are still living through a global pandemic, and any disruptions or delays in our ability to provide services can be measured in overwhelmed hospital beds and lives needlessly lost. As we see troubling signs of a new wave in Europe while we simultaneously work to roll out more treatments, now is not the time to dismantle the critical public health infrastructure we have developed.”
The motion approved today directs the County’s Chief Executive Office’s Legislative Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations Division, in collaboration with the Department of Public Health and the Department of Health Services, to send a five-signature letter to President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, with a copy to the Senate and House Appropriations Committee Chairs and Ranking Members, and the LA County Congressional Delegation, urging them to work with urgency and expediency to pass additional COVID-19 relief funding legislation to continue funding critical COVID-19 efforts and to assure the necessary ongoing funding for the extent of the emergency that maintains critical state and local relief efforts
To view the full motion, click here.