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Health care policy in the Biden era

| Dec 1, 2020 | Federal

Democrats hoped a victory in the presidential election would translate into strengthened numbers in Congress too, and thus provide a mandate to enact far-reaching health care legislation. It didn’t work out that way. Republicans are poised to pick up eleven seats in the House and may control the Senate, even...[ Read More ]

One Health-Policy Change That Should Outlast Trump

| Oct 30, 2020 | Federal

Much of President Trump’s health-policy agenda seems destined for reversal when he leaves office (either in January or 2025) because it is not supported by the Democratic Party and isn’t enacted into law. His push for greater price transparency might be the exception, even though it too is being implemented...[ Read More ]

CBO presents options for covering the uninsured

| Oct 5, 2020 | Federal

In two recent reports, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) took up the complex topic of the uninsured in the United States. The first report breaks down the population into meaningful subcategories; the second outlines what it will take to reduce their ranks. CBO is one of the premier analytic agencies...[ Read More ]

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 ]

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