As Texas continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator John Cornyn (R) has introduced legislation that would help Texans who are being laid off or furloughed as a result of COVID-19. With the legislation, Texans would continue on their employer’s health plan until December 31st, 2020.
In a statement, Cornyn explained that “as the coronavirus wreaks havoc on our job market, it’s vital that Texans continue to have health care options, especially while case numbers are on the rise.” He added that “this legislation will provide some degree of certainty to folks who have found themselves. Out of work through no fault of their own.”
Cornyn also made sure to highlight that the legislation includes strong pro-life protections, ensuring that no federal assistance would be offered towards abortion services. This has been a contentious issue in several states as Republican lawmakers have argued that federal assistance should not go towards abortion services.
Moreover, Cornyn’s legislation would ensure that Americans do not have to restart their deductible halfway through the year while also incurring additional out-of-pocket costs.