Eshoo Leads 83 Democrats Demanding Answers On COVID-19 Data Reporting Change

July 18, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) and Scott Peters (D-CA-52) led 83 House Democrats in writing to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar about the department’s July 10th guidance removing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from the COVID-19 data collection process. The lawmakers’ letter demands answers about the burden of establishing new reporting requirements on providers and the availability of the newly collected data to the public.

“We’re concerned that changing reporting requirements for facilities as COVID-19 cases increase across the country is a poor use of our health care workers time and resources,” the lawmakers wrote. “We want to better understand the current data reporting burden on health care providers and why the decision was made. It is imperative that the Department of Health and Human Services remain transparent and accountable as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate our nation.”

A link to the letter can be found HERE.

Congresswoman Eshoo is the Chairwoman of the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.