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Tallying federal pandemic support for the health sector

| Aug 31, 2020 | Federal

In the months since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the federal government has directed more than $400 billion to the health sector to shore up its finances and enhance its capacity to care for COVID and non-COVID patients, according to an online financial tracking service assembled by the Committee for a...[ Read More ]

The Health Provisions in HEALS and Heroes

| Aug 4, 2020 | Federal

After working through their internal disagreements, Senate Republicans recently released a proposal for the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation, called the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools Act, or HEALS. House and Senate leaders, along with representatives from the Trump administration, must reconcile it with the Heroes Act,...[ Read More ]

Contact tracing remains inadequate in most states

| Jun 30, 2020 | Federal

At this point in the unfolding coronavirus crisis, political leaders have been on notice for months that effective contact tracing will be critical to minimizing harm to human health and the national economy. With a vaccine or an effective therapeutic still months away, federal and state authorities must rely on...[ Read More ]

Post-pandemic federal debt may threaten health programs

| Jun 1, 2020 | Federal

When times are tough, as they surely are now, enthusiasm for good news sometimes gets tempered by concerns of what might follow. And so it is with the federal government’s legislative response to the COVID-19 pandemic. House and Senate leaders set aside their political differences and passed a series of...[ Read More ]

Congress steps up on testing and tracing

| Apr 29, 2020 | Federal

Even though the Trump administration is eager to ease up on the coronavirus lockdown, it isn’t providing the leadership that would allow a safe reopening to occur. Fortunately, Congress has begun to fill the void. The latest round of COVID-19 emergency legislation includes $25 billion for expanded testing and contact...[ Read More ]

The health-related provisions in the $2.2 trillion emergency legislation

| Mar 27, 2020 | Federal

As the number of Americans infected with the novel coronavirus increased rapidly in recent weeks, Congress responded with three pieces of emergency legislation, including the $2.2 trillion bill assembled by both parties in the Senate that is set to be signed into law soon. This latest bill includes scores of...[ Read More ]

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