Press Releases


Cassidy, Shaheen Lead Bipartisan Letter to Medicare to Address Interest Rates for Health Care Providers on Coronavirus Frontlines

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a letter today with a bipartisan group of 32 Senators, calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to waive or modify interest rates for health care providers who've sought financial assistance amid the coronavirus pandemic through Medicare's Accelerated and Advance Payments Program. This program has historically been used to expedite Medicare payments to subsets of Medicare participating providers during v… Continue Reading


Cassidy Speaks with DOI’s Bernhardt About Offshore Royalty Relief

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and chairman of the Senate Energy Subcommittee, yesterday (Tuesday) spoke with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt about how to save oil and gas jobs through royalty relief for producers in the Gulf of Mexico. "Louisiana oil and gas jobs are at risk because Saudi Arabia and Russia are in a price war and because of a lockdown on our economy. I spoke with Sec. Bernhardt yesterday about preserving jobs and this industry. He promised to quickly process t… Continue Reading


Coronavirus Update: Cassidy Announces $30 Million for Louisiana Health Care Facilities

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is awarding more than $30 million in federal funding to Louisiana health care facilities to fight the coronavirus epidemic. The funds will be dispersed to 34 health care facilities in 40 parishes across the state. The grant money is part of the CARES Act, a $2 trillion relief package signed into law by President Trump on March 27 that provides emergency assistance for American fami… Continue Reading


Cassidy Pushes for More Protective Equipment for First Responders

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy signed onto a letter to President Trump to advocate for more personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders. The shortage of PPE could expose first responders to COVID-19 and could hamper the ability of emergency personnel to serve on the front lines during this public health crisis. "[We] urge you to continue exploring every possible avenue to increase the supply of PPE to put more of this critical equipment into the hands of those who need it most, includin… Continue Reading


Cassidy Seeks Greater Coronavirus Protections for Seniors in High-Risk Settings

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) on Friday signed a bipartisan letter that encourages federal health officials to consider solutions to protect Medicare beneficiaries from high-risk settings and ensure safe access to care as the nation continues to work to combat COVID-19. The letter, sent Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, seeks solutions in light of evidence that COVID-19 presents the most severe heal… Continue Reading


Cassidy Urges USDA to Protect Farmers, Ensure Continuity of Food Supply

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) signed onto a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the Trump administration to ensure the continuity of our country's food supply and support rural areas during the coronavirus pandemic by providing needed relief to farmers. "Americans always depend on our nation's farmers to grow the food, fuel, and fiber that we all need, but that reliance becomes much more pronounced in times of crisis," the senators wrote. "To provide… Continue Reading


Cassidy: Trump Grants Full Funding for LA National Guard to Respond to Coronavirus

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced today that the federal government is completely funding the Louisiana National Guard's efforts to combat coronavirus. About 1,200 guardsmen are assisting with disaster response across Louisiana. They address different needs such as food preparation, assisting with testing, distributing supplies and preparing emergency shelters. Cassidy wrote to President Donald Trump last week requesting the cost-share adjustment along with other members of Loui… Continue Reading


Cassidy Votes in Favor of Coronavirus Stimulus Package

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined the majority of the Senate in passing the CARES Act - the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act - that provides $2 trillion in emergency assistance for American families and businesses. "The Coronavirus epidemic has damaged our physical and our economic health. This bill supports the economic health of individuals, families and employers. It also advances the fight to make us safe from the disease," said Dr. Cassidy. Cassidy secured se… Continue Reading


Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Full of Cassidy Legislative Priorities

Yesterday, Senate Republicans released their Phase III coronavirus response package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) served on the Health task force and was a leading voice for health care policy in the stimulus bill. "Congress and President Trump are committed to helping Americans through this difficult time. The CARES Act addresses economic and health-related needs. Passage will immediately benefit Americans' physical a… Continue Reading


Cassidy’s Bill to Help Veterans During Coronavirus Outbreak Headed to President Trump

Legislation originally cosponsored by U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) that protects student veterans' housing allowance during the coronavirus outbreak is heading to President Trump's desk for his signature to make it law. Veterans using their GI Bill benefits to attend classes receive a base housing allowance to live on campus. Online students receive only 25 percent of those benefits. Coronavirus has forced many universities to shift to online classes, meaning that veterans receiving h… Continue Reading


Cassidy Issues Statement on Coronavirus Relief Bill

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after the Senate passed by a 90-8 vote the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Cassidy voted for the bill, which provides for paid sick and family leave, free coronavirus testing, increased benefits for SNAP and Medicaid patients, and free testing. The Senate is preparing another bill to fill needs in other areas of the economy. Cassidy is on the working group that will craft health care policies for that package. Mor… Continue Reading


Cassidy Films Coronavirus Public Service Announcement

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) yesterday filmed a public service announcement discussing how Americans can combat coronavirus. He urged citizens to follow guidance of local, state and federal public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The announcement will air on television and radio stations to provide important coronavirus facts and preventative measures to Louisianians across the state. Cassidy recently produced a video explaining how preventa… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Jones Introduce Bill to Require Insurance COmpanies to Cover COVID-19 Vaccines

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Doug Jones (D-AL), Steve Daines (R-MT) and Tina Smith (D-MN) today introduced legislation to require private health insurance plans to cover treatments or vaccines for the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, with no cost sharing. "When a vaccine is released for coronavirus, it needs to be available for all Americans as soon as possible. Vaccine coverage by insurance companies is key to this. This bill ensures that coverage," said Dr. Cassidy, a physician wit… Continue Reading


Cassidy Urges People to Listen, Obey CDC, State Government Coronavirus Guidance

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) urges people listen to warnings and exercise coronavirus prevention techniques offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as state and local officials. Cassidy, a physician who previously worked in public health and immunizations, stresses that coronavirus is a public health emergency. The worst is yet to come. Reducing the spread of coronavirus is the top priority to keep families and communities safe. Louisiana has the third… Continue Reading


To Prevent Coronavirus Spread, Cassidy Closes Offices; Staff to Telework

In an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) is closing his Washington and state offices effective Friday, March 13. Staff will telework until further notice. Constituent services will continue. Those in Louisiana who need assistance from a federal agency, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security and the IRS, can contact the Louisiana offices by emailing or by calling 225.929.7711. Constituents m… Continue Reading


VIDEO: Cassidy, Grassley, Collins and Daines Speak on Making Coronavirus Drugs Affordable

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Steve Daines (R-MT) yesterday spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to urge their colleagues to pass a bipartisan drug pricing bill to help senior citizens afford prescription drugs to fight coronavirus and other chronic conditions. Under current law, seniors on Medicare Part D are required to pay 5 percent of their drug costs out-of-pocket, regardless of the price. That means that seniors could end up payi… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Durbin Introduce INFORM Consumers Act to Require Greater Transparency from Third-Party Sellers for Online Products

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation today to fight the online sale of stolen, counterfeit and dangerous consumer products by requiring extensive transparency of large-volume third-party sellers in online retail marketplaces. The Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers (INFORM) Act would mandate online retail marketplaces that include third-party sellers of consumer products to authenticate the identity o… Continue Reading


Cassidy, Cruz Introduce Bill to Ensure Equal Treatment of America’s Teachers, First Responders, and Public Servants in Social Security Benefits

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act of 2020, which ensures America's teachers, police officers, firefighters, and other public servants receive the Social Security benefits according to their work history. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 3934. Specifically, this bill would replace the unfair formula for calculating benefits - known as the Windfall … Continue Reading


VIDEO: Cassidy: Make Coronavirus Drugs Affordable

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate to urge his colleagues to pass a drug pricing bill to help seniors, who are most at risk of coronavirus complications, afford drugs to treat coronavirus and other chronic conditions. Current law says that seniors on Medicare Part D must pay 5 percent of their drugs' costs out-of-pocket, regardless of the price. That means that seniors could pay astronomical sums on their own if they needed to take a … Continue Reading


Cassidy Applauds Telehealth Expansion in House’s Coronavirus Response Package

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today applauded the inclusion of nearly $500 million to expand telehealth in the U.S. House of Representative's coronavirus response package. The House passed the $8.3 billion package Wednesday afternoon. Cassidy urged members of the administration to include telehealth in the coronavirus response during a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing Tuesday. "Telehealth - with appropriate expanded authority - can protect patients and he… Continue Reading

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