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Sen. Cramer Statement on President Trump Cutting US Ties with the WHO

BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement on President Donald J. Trump announcing the United States will terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO):

“I will always stand with a President who puts the American people ahead of communist sympathizers. The United States disproportionately subsidizes the WHO, which in turn promulgates false Chinese propaganda instead of sharing the truth about the COVID-19 pandemic. I am glad our taxpayer...

Sen. Cramer Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Address the Shortage Of Doctors and Nurses

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) last week cosponsored the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act, bipartisan legislation to recapture a limited number of unused visas from prior years and allocate them to doctors and nurses who can help in the fight against COVID-19.

“With its rapid economic growth and rural landscape, North Dakota has relied heavily on legal immigrants to provide our communities with access to health care they would not otherwise get,” said Senator Cramer. “The...

Sen. Cramer Notice: North Dakota Nursing Facilities Receive Funds for COVID-19 Response

BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a combined $16,342,500 to 59 skilled nursing facilities in North Dakota. These funds were appropriated through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a bill crafted in the Senate which Senator Cramer helped pass.

This investment will be used to help address increased operating expenses and lost revenue in support of the national response to COVID-19...

Sen. Cramer, Colleagues Introduce The Health Care Broadband Expansion During COVID-19 Act

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) with his colleagues introduced the Health Care Broadband Expansion During COVID-19 Act this week. This bipartisan legislation would direct $2 billion to help health care providers increase their broadband capacity and expand telehealth services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The FCC’s Rural Health Care Program bolsters support for our health care providers’ connectivity needs,” said Senator Cramer. “By increasing this program’s funding...

Sen. Cramer: CMS Issues Guidance to Ensure States Have Plans to Safely Reopen Nursing Homes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma issuing guidance to ensure the safe reopening of nursing homes:

“I am grateful to Administrator Verma for following President Trump’s reopening guidelines and creating a path forward for people to visit their loved ones in nursing homes. I trust Governor Burgum to implement this guidance in a way that works best for North Dakota, and I hope we...

Sen. Cramer Urges CMS to Provide Flexibility for Nursing Home Visitation

BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) spoke to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma today urging her to update CMS guidance providing states with flexibility for nursing home visitations.

 “As states like North Dakota reopen and testing continues to ramp up, the Trump Administration should update its recommendations on nursing home visitors accordingly. On our call I urged Administrator Verma to modify CMS guidance to provide flexibility for states like...

Sen. Cramer Notice: NDDOH Receives Nearly $2.9 Million for Cancer Prevention

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) received $2,845,095 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the North Dakota Cancer Prevention and Control Program.

The use of these funds, awarded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will include efforts for early detection of breast and cervical cancer, as well as comprehensive cancer prevention.

Sen. Cramer Notice: UND Receives Nearly $200k for COVID-19 Response Efforts

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today the University of North Dakota (UND) received two grants totaling $186,080 from the Department of Health and Human  Services (HHS) for COVID-19 response efforts.

The first grant, totaling $95,455, will go toward the Area Health Education Centers Program. The second, totaling $90,625, will be used for the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.