Health Policy News – December 2021

As we come to the end of the year, our December edition is—as usual—a reflection on the past year in health policy, as well as a glimpse into what we expect will be major health policy developments in 2022.

While the COVID-19 pandemic continued to dominate the health policy world in 2021, there were a number of other health policy developments, including those relative to policy resets by the new federal administration. The Health Policy News white paper released last month, “Looking Toward the Future: Health Policy Priorities and Actions in the First Year of the Biden Administration”, covered the approach of the new administration in detail.

This month’s consolidated article, Reflections on 2021 and Predictions for 2022, includes updates, reflections, and predictions on policy developments relative to COVID-19, Medicaid, and private insurance. To read the 2021 recap and predictions of developments in health policy expected in 2022, click here.

Finally, in case you missed any of these pieces when they were originally released, you can find links to our most-read posts from 2021 below.

Top Stories of 2021

  1. How States Can Improve COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
  2. CMS Finalized Exchange Guidance for 2022 
  3. Prescription Drug Pricing Reform Efforts Continue
  4. 2021 White Paper – “Looking Toward the Future: Health Policy Priorities and Actions in the First Year of the Biden Administration”
  5. American Rescue Plan has Broad Impact on Health Policy

Thank you all for your readership and participation. We wish all of you a restful and healthy end to 2021 and will be back in the new year with new content and continued coverage of state and federal health policy developments.

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