ACC Calls for Speed, Bipartisanship During COVID-19 Stimulus Negotiations

Contact: Katie Glenn,, 202-375-6472

WASHINGTON (Aug 06, 2020) -

American College of Cardiology President Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, made the following statement regarding ongoing Congressional negotiations during the COVID-19 pandemic:

"As states across the country struggle to contain the COVID-19 virus and set records for new cases, we need our elected officials to work together to urgently address challenges posed by this unprecedented public health emergency. Health care workers are working tirelessly and courageously to help and heal patients within their communities. We need Congress to act now and continue to support these efforts by assuring clinician and patient access to lifesaving PPE; prioritizing consistent, unbiased and reliable testing with rapid results; ensuring the financial sustainability of clinicians and medical practices; and implementing policies and programs that tangibly address the health care disparities further highlighted by the virus."

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its 54,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit


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