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Health reform provisions in the Biden COVID response bill

| Feb 16, 2021 | Federal

President Biden’s top priorities are containing the COVID-19 pandemic and jump-starting the American economy, which is why his focus is on moving a fifth major response bill through Congress, this one with a price tag of $1.9 trillion. Because this legislation is near certain to become law, it has become...[ Read More ]

An abbreviated history of budget reconciliation

| Feb 1, 2021 | Federal

Budget reconciliation – the oft-used pathway for expediting tax and spending legislation through Congress – may be poised for another star turn on the national stage. Democratic leaders are signaling they might set it in motion to secure passage of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 response measure. Some background on...[ Read More ]

Health provisions in the year-end pandemic response bill

| Dec 23, 2020 | Federal

Congress regularly serves up omnibus bills as the calendar year draws to a close, but the behemoth it passed this week might become the standard against which future wrap-up deals get compared. After months of doing very little, House and Senate leaders decided to attach a year’s worth of work...[ Read More ]

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 ]

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