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Long COVID Alliance and new NIH initiative look to address "COVID-19 long haulers"

Emily Boerger | Feb 25, 2021 | Federal

On Thursday, leaders from 50 organizations and patient groups announced the establishment of the Long COVID Alliance – a group of scientists, patient-advocates, public health experts, and drug developers who have come together to address challenges faced by “COVID long haulers.”     COVID long haulers are individuals who experience...[ Read More ]

Analysis finds ACA subsidy expansion in COVID bill could lower premiums for millions

Emily Boerger | Feb 23, 2021 | Federal

A Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) brief finds the expansion of ACA subsidies included in the House’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill could result in lower premiums for millions of enrollees and uninsured potential enrollees. The brief states: “The vast majority of the nearly 14 million people already insured through the...[ Read More ]

Biden picks Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to lead CMS

Michael Goldberg | Feb 17, 2021 | Federal

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that President Biden has selected Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).     During the presidential transition, Brooks-LaSure led Biden’s HHS review team, helping assess the Trump administration’s operations. In her most recent role before the review team,...[ Read More ]

Vaccine hesitancy among racial minorities likely due to history of untrustworthy medical practices, experts say

| Feb 17, 2021 | Federal

The U.S. has an extensive history “shaking confidence in science and medicine” for racial minorities, according to Francisco Lucio, JD, associate dean at the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Arizona. He said this is an important backdrop for the considerable hesitation to receive the COVID-19...[ Read More ]

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 ]

Topical Agenda for the 2021 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference now available

Patrick Jones | Feb 11, 2021 | Federal

The Topical Agenda for the 2021 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference on April 7th-8th is now live! State of Reform pulls together practitioners, thought leaders, and policy makers – each working to improve our health care system in their own way – into a unified conversation in a single...[ Read More ]

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