The Healthcare Task Force focuses on ensuring Latinos have access to affordable health care. Additionally, the Task Force focuses on public health, prevention, and health disparities.
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Co-Chair
Rep. Raul Ruiz, Co-Chair
Rep. Pedro Pierluisi
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WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) has endorsed H.R. 2529, the Mental Health for Latinos Act of 2021, H.R. 721, the Mental Health Services for Students Act of 2021, and H.R. 2480, the Immigrants’ Mental Health Act of 2021. All three bills were introduced by CHC Member and Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32). Following the endorsement, CHC Chair Dr. Ruiz released the following statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) has endorsed H.R. 801, the Expanding Medical Education Act, introduced by CHC Member Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16). The Expanding Medical Education Act would provide $1 billion in funding for medical school construction, expansion, and training in underserved communities that lack quality access to quality healthcare. Following the endorsement, CHC Chair Dr. Ruiz and bill sponsor Rep. Costa released the following statements:
CHC Chair Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36):
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Last week, Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) met with Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Chair of the White House COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, to discuss recommendations on equity and to ensure Hispanic and immigrant communities are prioritized in the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 relief efforts. CHC Members also met with HHS and CDC leaders who are working to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, including Dr. Rachel L. Levine, Assistant Secretary of Health; RADM Dr. Felicia Collins, Director of the Office of Minority Health; and Dr.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—On April 22, 2021, Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra and White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients listing further steps and recommendations that can be taken to better address COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccine equity in Hispanic and immigrant communities.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) COVID-19 Task Force met with pharmacy executives from Albertsons, Southeastern Grocers, Good Neighbor Pharmacy Programs & Services/AmerisourceBergen, Ahold Delhaize Pharmacy Brands, and LeaderNET and The Medicine Shoppe/Cardinal Health to learn about the pharmacies’ efforts to ensure an equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Last month, the CHC met with major pharmacy executives from CVS, Kroger, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Walmart.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On February 2, 2021, the President issued Executive Order 14,012, directing the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to review the implementation of the public charge ground of inadmissibility. As part of its review, DHS determined that continuing to defend the Trump’s public charge rule was neither in the public interest nor an efficient use of limited government resources. Therefore, yesterday, the Biden Administration dropped its litigation defense of the Trump Administration’s public charge regulations.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Meets with Major Pharmacy Executives to Discuss Vaccine Equity
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Yesterday, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) met with major pharmacy executives from CVS, Kroger, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Walmart to learn about the pharmacies’ efforts to ensure an equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Following the meeting, CHC Chairman Raul Ruiz, M.D. released the statement below:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Thursday, Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) sent a letter to the National Governors Association (NGA) urging governors to follow CDC guidance in distributing vaccines to food and agriculture workers to help eliminate Latino health inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Saturday, over 100 Democratic lawmakers sent a letter led by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to express their commitment to including a pathway to citizenship for essential workers, TPS holders, and Dreamers in the COVID-19 budget reconciliation package.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Democratic Committee Chairs sent a letter to Health and Human Services Deputy Inspector General Grimm calling on him to investigate allegations that ICE is interfering with ORR’s legal obligation under the Flores Settlement to place children in the least restrictive settings, including placement with suitable sponsors.