Press Release: Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Releases Digital Ad: ‘Covered’

Covered,’ Highlights Fletcher’s Success Delivering Coverage for Essential Telehealth Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Houston, TX—Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) announced a new digital ad, ‘Covered,’ highlighting her success fighting for and ensuring essential health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. This digital ad features the story of a Houston family that was denied insurance coverage for remote therapy services at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fletcher worked with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to ensure the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) expanded coverage to include telehealth services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, and audiology, and encouraged insurance companies to do so as well.

“After hearing from my constituents that they were unable to access the health care services they rely on during the pandemic, I knew I had to do something,” Congresswoman Fletcher said. “It just wasn’t right that families couldn’t access the critical therapy they needed. I was glad to work with Democrats and Republicans in Congress to make sure families like Aly’s didn’t have to.”

Aly Fitzpatrick, the mother featured in the ad, says, “We would not have gotten that action from the insurance companies had Lizzie not stood up and fought for us.”

This week, Fletcher also unveiled a new TV ad, ‘Listening’. Both ads emphasize Fletcher’s commitment and successful track record listening and responding to the needs of the people who live and work in Texas’ Seventh Congressional District.

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FITZPATRICK:

Our boys were born four months early.

They have been in therapy since they were six months old.

When the pandemic hit, our boys needed to get their therapy remotely, but insurance companies were refusing to pay.

FLETCHER:

It just wasn’t right that their care wasn’t covered, so I worked with Democrats and Republicans to make sure that their telehealth services were covered.

FITZPATRICK:

Huge.

We would not have gotten that action from the insurance companies had Lizzie not stood up and fought for us.

FLETCHER:

I’m Lizzie Fletcher and I approve this message.

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