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Nothing about the Biden spending plan is certain, including its health provisions

| Oct 5, 2021 | Federal

The Biden administration is encountering turbulence as it pushes a major domestic program and climate change bill in Congress, which is not surprising given the size of what is being contemplated. The president and leading Democrats originally had targeted $3.5 trillion in new spending over ten years as their goal,...[ Read More ]

Op-ed: NW Parkinson’s Foundation ED on budget & health care negotiations in Congress

| Sep 28, 2021 | Washington

As leader of the NW Parkinson’s Foundation, I hear every day that Americans are paying too much for prescription drugs. And they're eager for Congress to do something about it. Fortunately, Washington State’s newest member of Congress, Marilyn Strickland, is listening.  In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Representative...[ Read More ]

WSHA outlines top priorities for $3.5 trillion infrastructure package

| Sep 1, 2021 | Washington

The $3.5 trillion “human” infrastructure package currently in discussion in Congress aims to address health care, education, and tax policies, as well as various other issues. Democrats plan to pass this bill using a process called “budget reconciliation” that will allow them to approve it with only Democratic votes.  ...[ Read More ]

The complicated politics of a federal “coverage gap” workaround

| Jul 14, 2021 | Federal

The Biden administration and Democrats in Congress are pursuing a two-track legislative agenda for the second half of 2021, although political considerations and a crowded calendar may force a merger. The first bill is supposed to consummate an agreement among a bipartisan group of ten senators for more infrastructure spending....[ Read More ]

5 Things Virginia: Q&A w/Dr. Aplasca, Mental health interim meeting, Health policy platforms

| Jun 16, 2021

While DJ is out of office, I’ll be bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the managing editor here at State of Reform where I have my eye on health care and health policy in Virginia and a number of other states. Feel free to email me any feedback...[ Read More ]

5 Things Michigan: US Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Behavioral health, MDHHS update

| Jun 9, 2021 | Michigan

This may be the calm before the storm. Thursday is the last published day on the US Supreme Court calendar to release opinions from its current term (though they have a few more weeks for orders). It's a term that saw a meaningful challenge to the ACA last November. It...[ Read More ]