WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- Representatives Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., introduced the Securing Affordable Vaccines Equally (SAVE) for Seniors Act on Friday.
According to a news release from Spanberger's staff, this bipartisan legislation ensures seniors on traditional Medicare will have access to a future COVID-19 vaccine without cost-sharing.
The SAVE for Seniors Act would clarify that Medicare must cover, without cost-sharing, a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use.
Statements about the SAVE for Seniors Act from Spanberger and Johnson below:

“Seniors are the most vulnerable to COVID-19, and ensuring that older Americans have affordable, easy access to a vaccine must be a top priority,” said Spanberger. “This bill would correct a critical error in the CARES Act that could inadvertently force Medicare beneficiaries to pay out of pocket for a COVID-19 vaccine. As multiple pharmaceutical companies conduct drug trials on potential vaccines and public health experts warn about a cold-weather resurgence of the coronavirus, correcting this error is an urgent need. Cost shouldn’t be a prohibitive barrier for any American looking to protect themselves with a vaccine, and I’m proud to work quickly – and on a bipartisan basis – to make sure seniors in Central Virginia and across the country can count on a free COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available.”  

“South Dakota has seen firsthand how quickly this virus can impact on our seniors,” said Johnson. “Making sure that as many people as possible can receive a safe COVID-19 vaccine is critical, and our bill will ensure the vaccine is covered for South Dakota seniors.”

The SAVE for Seniors Act is cosponsored by Representatives Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa.-06; Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich.-08; and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.-01).