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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 ]

An Actual Bipartisan Plan

| Mar 2, 2020 | Federal

Political polarization has largely paralyzed Washington, which is why the Bipartisan Policy Center’s new health reform plan is both notable and important. The lead authors of the plan are former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist and former Administrators of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)...[ Read More ]

CMS’ Medicaid Waiver Template for the ACA Expansion Population

| Jan 31, 2020 | Federal

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) new section 1115 Medicaid model waiver will allow states to provide coverage to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expansion population in a manner that differs from certain current law requirements. While release of this plan is a milestone of sorts for advocates...[ Read More ]

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