Democratic congressional leaders took the first step toward creating a public health insurance option, soliciting peer ideas for a government-administered insurance plan that could reduce northern health costs -americans.
A public insurance option was one of the president’s main bases By Joe Biden the health agenda during the campaign, although recently Biden has focused on its infrastructure and fiscal plans, not health care.
“This is an opportunity to reduce health care costs,” the senator said. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, told reporters yesterday. She i Frank Pallone (DN.J.), who heads the House Trade and Energy Committee, said in a letter that they will make comments by the end of July.
A Democratic Senate aide familiar with the planning said Murray plans to have a bill together by the end of 2021, which will make the move possible in 2022.
The move puts the two committee leaders at the center of a years-long political debate among Democrats: how to reduce health care costs as the government increasingly takes on health insurance spending. American.
And the country’s aging population is added to Medicare records, while millions of Americans are enrolled in subsidized coverage plans through the Affordable Care Act markets. This has made the government play a more important role than ever in paying for insurance coverage and care.
Murray and Pallone’s letter asks colleagues to provide information on who should be eligible to join a government-administered plan, how to structure its benefits, and how to maintain a network of physicians. But his plan could mean a tough sell-off to Republicans worried about market impacts, as the announcement already saw the healthcare industry retreat. Read more about Alex Ruoff.
Going up the hill
The head of the NIH research center is expected to have ‘Gravitas’: the head of the biomedical research agency proposed by Biden will maintain a five-year trained position, which will allow future administrations to shape their own visions as science evolves. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said he expects the head of the Agency for Advanced Health Research Projects to be appointed by the White House or HHS secretary.
“This has to be someone with gravitas, who is recognized as having the kind of authority they will need to move quickly and not have too many things in the way,” Collins said in an interview after a Senate hearing yesterday in NIH funding. Read more about Alex Ruoff and Jeannie Baumann.
Advancement of the Breastfeeding Protection Bill: A House court yesterday passed a bill (HR 3110) to extend protections for breaks to breastfeeding employees who were excluded from federal breastfeeding law. ‘overtime according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. This includes teachers and workers in agriculture, transportation and airlines. The court voted 28-19 to approve this measure. Read more about Andrew Kreighbaum.
Medicaid Gap Fix Fixed in the Biden package: Sens. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) I Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.), Urged Senate leaders to include provisions in future federal relief legislation, including the Biden American Jobs Plan and Families Plan proposals, to close coverage gaps in states that have not yet expanded Medicaid, according to a statement. Read his letter here.
Duckworth Wants Mask Guidance for Parents: Parents, caregivers, and people with compromised immune systems need clearer guidance from the CDC on the use of the mask, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) He said yesterday. In a letter sent to CDC principal Rochelle Walensky, she also asked for guidelines on masks when they were at school, in daycare, at camp and during sports, Maria Luiza Rabello reports.
The coronavirus pandemic
Biden Orders Report on Virus Origin: Biden said he ordered the U.S. intelligence community to “redouble” its effort to determine where the new coronavirus came from, after conflicting assessments of whether its origins are natural or a laboratory leak. In a statement yesterday, Biden said the intelligence community handed him a report this month showing that he was divided on the origins of the pandemic. Two “elements” of the community leaned toward the animal source, while one leaned toward a lab source, “each with low or moderate confidence,” he said.
More than a full year after the outbreak of the worst pandemic in more than a century, scientists have yet to determine the origins of the new virus. The first cases were reported in Wuhan, China, where the government operates a high-security biosafety laboratory that investigates coronaviruses. Read more about Josh Wingrove.
- Last night, the Senate passed a measure that would require the Biden administration to declassify intelligence related to any possible link between the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. The legislation, sponsored by Republican senators Josh Hawley (Mo) i Mike Braun (Ind.), Approved by unanimous consent, reports Laura Curtis.
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Million Dollar Flow in U.S. Digital Healthcare: Investors are investing a record amount of money in young companies that want to transform healthcare in the United States at an accelerated pace. Driven by the pandemic, private funding for healthcare companies has reached new highs every quarter since Covid-19 emerged. Investors headed a record $ 6.7 billion to emerging digital health companies in the U.S. during the first three months of 2021, according to research firm Rock Health. Read more about John Tozzi.
Hospital payment for uninsured people at Medicaid risk: Federal funds to cover the cost of inpatient hospital care could end up in the cutting zone in states that have not expanded Medicaid eligibility to include more adults poor. Several of the larger states that have not expanded Medicaid, including Texas and Florida, operate uncompensated care pools in their Medicaid programs that direct money to hospitals to help cover health services for the uninsured. Christopher Brown has more.
Anti-abortion group buys ads in the middle of the SCOTUS case: anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List announced yesterday that it has launched a $ 2 million television advertising campaign following the Supreme Court’s decision to revise a law on Mississippi limiting abortion services after 15 weeks, according to a statement. The 30-second TV spot will air on the Washington, DC media market, according to the statement.
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