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March 12, 2020

KENNEDY ANNOUNCES FIRST DIGITAL TOWN HALL & VIRTUAL CAMPAIGN OFFICES

Kennedy for MA also releases memo to staff, volunteers, and supporters detailing COVID-19 protocols and contingency plan

Watertown, MA — As the threat of COVID-19 grows in Massachusetts, Congressman Joe Kennedy III doubled down on efforts to prioritize the health and safety of his staff, volunteers, supporters, and the general public. He also announced new online and digital strategies to ensure he remains accessible to voters and is able to clearly and consistently communicate needed information over the course of this pandemic.

“The health and safety of our team and Massachusetts families is priority number one,” said Kennedy. “We are making important adjustments to our operating procedures and campaign plan to ensure that everyone is adequately protected and prepared in the coming days and weeks. This is not business as usual.”

Earlier today the Kennedy for MA campaign sent out a memo to staff and volunteers with updated health and safety guidance regarding COVID-19. It details current campaign protocols and contingency plans to ensure that everyone is kept safe. The memo is available here.

Additionally, Kennedy announced he will be holding his first digital town hall on Sunday, March 15 at 4PM. The town hall will be broadcast across all the Kennedy for Massachusetts social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube) and will allow the general public to directly ask questions about COVID-19, our federal response, and additional topics of concern and interest. Kennedy for MA is planning a series of these town halls in the coming weeks as the Commonwealth confronts the impact of COVID-19, and travel and public gatherings are restricted.

Kennedy for MA is also launching virtual campaign offices on Facebook for all of its existing offices within the state -- Lowell, Roxbury, Springfield, Watertown, and Worcester. These virtual HQs will serve as online gathering spaces for local volunteers and supporters.

“Since day one, this campaign has been about meeting people where they are,” said Congressman Kennedy. “As we face increasing threats of COVID-19 here in Massachusetts -- and an Administration spreading misinformation -- that kind of communication and accessibility is more critical than ever before. With our digital town hall series and virtual campaign offices, we will keep showing up. We will keep listening. And we will keep connecting with you every single day.”

Yesterday, Joe sent out an email to his campaign list reassuring people that Congress is working to respond, that lines of communication will stay open, and that his operation will provide consistent and timely information to the public. The email is pasted below in full.

Both on the trail and in Washington, Kennedy continues to focus on access to care and additional funding for vulnerable populations and to express his concern with the lack of leadership coming from Donald Trump and his administration:

  • Today, Kennedy hosted a Facebook Live session with former acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak to answer questions from concerned constituents.

  • On Wednesday, Kennedy called on Speaker Pelosi to increase funding for community health centers, first responders, and incarcerated individuals, specifically that any testing or treatment in prisons be provided without co-pays.

  • Kennedy cosponsored legislation to increase SNAP benefits and increase eligibility in the program – the Ensuring Emergency Food Security Act.

  • Kennedy and Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) demanded that the Trump administration cover all COVID-19 related health care costs for people who are uninsured or underinsured.

  • In early February, Kennedy sent a letter to the CDC demanding the agency quickly get tests to states, particularly states with confirmed cases like Massachusetts.

  • Kennedy sent a letter to Congressional appropriators urging them to restore LIHEAP funding.

  • Kennedy directly confronted Health and Human Services Secretary Azar about covering the costs associated with testing and treatment for un- and underinsured patients, as well as the continuous misleading statements from the President.

  • Kennedy called on Congressional Leadership to increase funding for community health centers and convened an emergency roundtable with state and local health leaders at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center to discuss preparations.

  • After learning that the supplemental package passed by Congress last week did not guarantee telemedicine to Medicaid patients, he sent a bipartisan letter to CMS Administrator Verma demanding that she work with states to cover all telemedicine services for the 71 million Americans covered by Medicaid and CHIP.


Email to Kennedy for MA Campaign List -- March 11, 2020:

Hey,

There is no way to sugarcoat it, things are scary right now. We are having a moment of crisis in this country – of public health and of leadership.

But we will get through it.

This administration's botched handling of the COVID-19 threat, their lies, their misinformation and lack of urgency isn't making this any better.

Congress can't stop their scattershot response. But we can step up and provide some clarity, certainty, and relief.

We are fighting hard to get our families and communities the support they need — testing, treatment, supplies for medical professionals on the front lines, and the resources families need to weather this, from nutrition assistance to sick days.

We are keeping the most vulnerable front of mind — the poor, the already sick, the elderly, the uninsured or underinsured — not just because it's the right thing to do but because it is the only way we will contain a pandemic.

And we are committed to providing updated, timely, and accurate information every step of the way.

We will stay vigilant. We will stay honest and transparent.

We will help you take care of the people you love.

We will keep this country safe and repair the damage done.

More soon,

Joe

Posted on March 12, 2020 in Press Releases.