Schumer calls for Medicare to cover coronavirus vaccine that is still in development

A spokesperson for Schumer said they do not have a cost estimate yet for Medicare but believe it will save money in the long run if it prevents people from becoming ill.

“My plan to have Medicare fully cover the cost of the vaccine will mean no senior will be forced to make the choice between shelling out and going without,” Schumer said during a press conference in New York.

Congress is currently debating a $2.5 billion funding request from the Trump administration that top Democrats such as Schumer, and even a few Republicans, have said is inadequate given the crisis at hand.

Schumer has proposed an $8.5 billion plan that includes $2 billion to reimburse state and local governments and $1 billion for vaccine development.