Bipartisan group of lawmakers unveil compensation fund for essential workers struck by COVID-19

A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced Thursday they plan to introduce a bill that would create a compensation fund for essential workers and their family members who have been struck by the coronavirus. 

Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., introduced the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act during a digital news conference. They were joined by union representatives from the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, Uniformed Firefighters Association, National Rural Letter Carriers Association, and SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers. 

Maloney said health care costs would be covered for workers who had exhausted all other medical insurance options. She said a special master from the Justice Department would be appointed to run it and create an application process. She said it had yet to be determined how much money would be appropriated for the fund if the bill passed. 

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