Health Care

I believe everyone should have access to quality and affordable health care and that federal health policy should strive to eliminate any disparities that exist in our health care system. As a State Senator, I worked to make Covered California more accessible and passed legislation to diversify the areas of expertise of the state’s health board members so that they could better address the health care issues facing our state. Since coming to Congress, I have consistently supported critical funding for California’s public health care system, safety net hospitals, and health care centers that serve aging, low-income, and rural communities. I am also a strong supporter of funding to ensure that coverage options meet the health care needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities. While the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect, I oppose efforts to repeal it and take away health insurance for millions of Americans. I will continue to fight to improve this landmark legislation until we can ensure effective, affordable health care coverage and access for all.

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May 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today voted in favor of the Heroes Act, a COVID-19 supplemental funding package to support small businesses, workers and families across the country.

 

May 11, 2020 Press Release

POMONA, CA — Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today announced $1,070,551 in grant funding awarded to ParkTree Community Health Center to expand COVID-19 testing and their Telehealth Program, and to Unicare Community Health Center to expand testing capacity. This funding is part of the larger Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that Congress passed last month.

 

April 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today led 76 lawmakers in calling for next COVID-19 stimulus package to include survivor benefits, commiserate compensation, and workplace protections for medical personnel as they combat coronavirus.

 

April 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today voted for the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, an interim coronavirus relief package to provide additional funding to support small businesses through the economic downturn. The legislation also provides new funding for hospitals and medical practitioners, including for personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as funding to expand COVID-19 testing capacity across the country.

 

April 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (CA-35) and T.J. Cox (CA-21) today led 16 fellow lawmakers in warning the Trump administration that it lacks the COVID-19 test data needed to implement its planned county-by-county risk classification.

 

The administration plans to ease social distancing guidance based on this faulty risk assessment, which would harm our ability to combat coronavirus and endanger lives, especially in low-income and rural communities.

 

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April 7, 2020 Press Release

POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today announced nearly $2 million in emergency relief funding coming to medical facilities in the Inland Empire as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act.

 

Facility

Grant Award

Pomona Community Health Center

$755,465

Unicare Community Health Center

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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020

March 27, 2020 Press Release

POMONA, CA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) released the following statement today as Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), an emergency relief package with more than $2.2 trillion in economic relief for American workers and businesses suffering from the coronavirus outbreak.

 

March 25, 2020 Press Release

POMONA – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) today announced that the first round of funding provided through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act for medical facilities in California’s 35th Congressional District.

 

Medical facilities in Pomona and Ontario are among the 1,381 facilities nationwide benefitting from the $100 million Health and Human Services grant to expand screening and testing, purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and provide safety training.

 

March 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) responded today as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will not enforce its public charge rule in cases involving coronavirus testing and treatment.

 

The policy change comes just days after Rep. Torres led 42 of her Congressional colleagues in urging the administration to drop the public charge rule in light of coronavirus.