Rep. Tulsi Gabbard To Host Telephone Town Hall On Hawaiʻi’s Healthcare System, Small Business Assistance During The Coronavirus Crisis

March 23, 2020
Press Release
Honolulu, HI—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) will be hosting a live telephone town hall this Wednesday, March 25 to talk about the local and national response to the coronavirus, with a focus on Hawaiʻi’s healthcare system and assistance for small businesses.
Telephone Town Hall on Coronavirus
Wednesday, March 25, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Hawai'i Time
Call (888) 476-4187 at 4:00 p.m. to Participate
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will provide the latest updates from the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, share her thoughts on the local response, and take questions live from callers. She will be joined by:
  • Lt. Gov. Josh Green, who has led Hawaiʻi’s response to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Hilton Raethel, President & CEO of the Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i, which represents hospitals, clinics, home health providers, and other critical components of Hawai‘i’s healthcare system

  • Jane Sawyer, Hawai‘i District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, which is providing support for small businesses nationwide during the coronavirus pandemic

“In a rapidly-changing environment, it’s important that everyone in Hawaiʻi remain vigilant and well-informed. Nearly 11,000 Hawaiʻi residents joined our last telephone town hall with critical questions about the pandemic that we are battling. We will continue to host these telephone town halls on a regular basis to keep our residents up to date,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. 

Over 10,000 Hawaiʻi residents participated in last Wednesday’s telephone town hall, which included Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Lt. Gov. Josh Green, who has led Hawaiʻi’s coronavirus response efforts. They updated constituents regarding efforts by Congress and the Federal government to respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, including a critical look at the successes and failures of Federal departments and agencies in the first weeks of the crisis. During the call, Rep. Gabbard and Lt. Gov. Green fielded questions ranging from testing and quarantine protocols to the impact on small businesses and efforts being made to secure the needed medical supplies to diagnose, treat, and care for Hawaiʻi’s residents.
To participate in the upcoming telephone town hall, call toll-free (888) 476-4187 at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.
Background: Last week, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard called for an immediate implementation of a 14-day self-quarantine for all passengers arriving in Hawaiʻi, both visitors and returning residents. The state later announced that a self-quarantine requirement would be implemented on March 26, but Rep. Tulsi Gabbard continued to advocate for an immediate implementation.
On behalf of the people of Hawaiʻi, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted on March 14 to pass H.R.6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which will provide free testing for COVID-19, two weeks of paid sick leave, up to three months paid family and medical leave, unemployment insurance for furloughed workers, food security for those who rely on food stamps, student meals, senior nutrition plans, and food banks, and increase federal Medicaid funds for local, state, tribal and territorial governments and health systems.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also introduced H.Res. 897, a resolution that would provide an emergency non-taxable Universal Basic Payment of $1,000 per month to all adult Americans until COVID-19 no longer presents a public health emergency. The Universal Basic Payment will be a temporary economic stimulus package to empower Americans directly and immediately.
She previously voted to pass legislation that will provide emergency funds to address the novel coronavirus. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has called on the Trump Administration to suspend flights from South Korea and Japan given the prevalence of COVID-19 infections in these countries, until they can guarantee all passengers will be tested prior to boarding flights to the United States. 
In order to ensure that any treatment developed for COVID-19 is accessible and affordable, Rep. Gabbard joined a letter to President Trump demanding that pharmaceutical companies are not issued exclusive licenses for the production of such treatments or capitalize on drugs that have been funded by taxpayer dollars.
Rep. Gabbard also wrote to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar calling for clear guidelines for state and local governments to receive federal reimbursement for the costs they are incurring as part of their response to this public health crisis.
About Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is serving her fourth term in the United States House representing Hawai‘i’s Second District, and serves on the House Armed Services and Financial Services Committees. She previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Homeland Security Committee. She was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 2010, and prior to that at age 21, was elected to the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 2002, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state. Tulsi Gabbard has served in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard for 16 years, is a veteran of two Middle East deployments, and continues to serve as a Major. Learn more about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard...
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