COVID-19 Health and Safety Taskforce

The COVID-19 Health and Safety Taskforce (CHeST) is a coalition of 501(c)(3) non-profit patient advocacy organizations.

The mission of CHeST is to advocate for policies that protect Americans against COVID-19, long COVID, and associated conditions.

CHeST supports policies that:

  • Raise awareness about COVID-19, long COVID, and associated conditions;
  • Empower COVID-19 survivors to thrive in their communities; and
  • Increase the availability and accessibility of resources for preventing, diagnosing, testing, and treating COVID-19, long COVID, and associated conditions.

For more information about CHeST, press inquiries, or membership, please contact Andrew Wylam: a.wylam@pandemicpatients.org.

Steering Committee:

Recent Activity:

FDA Schedules Public Meeting on Long COVID

To better understand and address the impacts of long COVID, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is hosting a public meeting on April 25, 2023 to hear directly from patients and patient representatives.

CHeST Endorses the Stop the Wait Act

CHeST is proud to announce its endorsement of the Stop the Wait Act (H.R. 883 and S. 320), which seeks to end the 5-month waiting period for individuals to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, as well as allow those who are uninsured or unable to afford insurance during the 29-month waiting period for Medicare to receive coverage.

Pandemic Policy in the 2023 Federal Budget

On Dec. 29, 2022, President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 into law, funding the federal government through September 2023. The final budget, spanning 1653 pages, enacts many changes to public policy, some of which are related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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