"We are all in this together".
Brady Press Briefing room at the White House full of correspondents, President Donald Trump replaced Vice President Mike Pence as the opening speaker at a briefing by the Coronavirus Task Force. Last week, after Pence called him about coronavirus, Inslee tweeted that he told Pence: "Our work would be more successful if the Trump administration struck to the science and told the truth".
"We have been very focused on ensuring access to care and that cost is not an issue for people to have the testing appropriately done", Gail Boudreaux, president and CEO of Anthem Inc., said.
Trump persevered, "Let me simply let you know, we have now a large number of issues of the governor..."
The directive of the White House physician, Pence said, "is to see to the health and well-being of the President of the United States and we'll get you a very direct answer on that".
"We're prepared and we're doing a great job with it and it will go away", Trump said.
"Likewise with the airline industry".
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Vice President Mike Pence greeted Washington Governor Jay Inslee by bumping elbows instead of a more common handshake. "Pharmaceutical companies are already working, literally around the clock, on the development of therapeutics". I asked his staff, 'So what's protocol with the Vice President?
"All the insurance companies here today have agreed to waive all copays for coronavirus testing and extend coverage for coronavirus treatment in all their benefit plans", Mr. Pence said.
The cruise line said in a statement earlier Sunday that the crew members of the Regal Princess did not exhibit respiratory symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and were well beyond the advised 14-day virus incubation period. But despite the spread, "the risk to the American public does remain low", said Redfield."We do have several community outbreaks" - citing the Seattle area; Santa Clara, California; Westchester County, New York; and Florida - "these are areas that we're investigating heavily to try to understand the transmission mechanisms there" and figure out how to mitigate the problem.
The White House also announced that as part of the deal with insurance executives, major health insurance companies also agreed to cover telemedicine services, which allow patients to be treated without traveling to a hospital or doctor's office. "We know you're the front line". "The guidance will be around how to keep workplaces safe, how to keep schools safe, how to keep the home safe, and how to keep commercial businesses safe".
Dr. Deborah Birx, who was appointed to the Task Force in late February, said that they had outlined community guidance created to inform people in practical but detailed ways how to keep safe at home, at work, at school, and in public areas and institutions. "In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures that have denied port entry rights to ships and prevented passengers from disembarking". "Such large scale inadequacies in insurance coverage will make America's response to a viral respiratory epidemic all that more hard".
"This is a healthcare crisis, it demands a healthcare solution", Senator Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, said on the floor of the Senate as lawmakers considered measures to protect the economy from a sharp contraction due to the outbreak.