The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) submitted to select congressional committees a report of CDC’s COVID-19 testing data, including demographics, that was required by the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PPPHCEA) (Public Law No: 116-139).
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) expressed their disappointment with HHS’ failure to meet statutory reporting requirements. Specifically, PPPHCEA requires the HHS Secretary to issue a report on COVID-19 testing, including demographic characteristics (race, ethnicity, age, sex, geographic region, and other relevant factors) of individuals tested or diagnosed with COVID-19. The report is required to include the number and rates of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths as a result of COVID-19. Instead of consolidating data into a single report, HHS provides a list of websites where demographic data is posted and maintained. These websites were publicly available before PPPHCEA was signed into law.
HHS is required to update the report every 30 days during the public health emergency