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Implementation of the American Rescue Plan Kicks off Quickly and the Federal Government Announces its Health Priorities for Discretionary Spending

The past month brought the fifth renewal[1] of the U.S. COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), as well as the start of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP)’s implementation. ...

Update on Vermont’s Efforts to Implement Wholesale Importation of Prescription Drugs from Canada 

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many state policy efforts over the last year, with state agencies across the U.S. re-deploying their staff towards tracing and vaccination work. This has undoubtedly contributed to less momentum on drug importation efforts at the state ...

Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) and Syndromic Surveillance

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need to capture and securely share patient information via health information exchanges (HIE). HIEs across the nation have been critically important in helping healthcare ...

Health Policy News – March 2021

This month, we provide updates on topics covered in recent editions, including an update on the latest health policy developments relative to the COVID-19 public health emergency, digital healthcare access ...

California Eyes Generic Drug Production to Curb Prescription Drug Costs

California has long been an innovator in prescription drug cost control efforts. In 2017, the state passed SB 17, a piece of drug pricing legislation with multiple reporting requirements aimed ...

Digital Health Literacy Inequities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the digitization of healthcare services, as safety precautions prompted a transition of care delivery from in-person to virtual. The health risks posed by the COVID-19 virus ...

American Rescue Plan has Broad Impact on Health Policy

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the Act) was signed into law on March 11, 2021. This sweeping law provides funding to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Health Policy News – February 2021

In the month since the presidential inauguration, the Biden administration has been busy putting its mark on U.S. health policy. A new Marketplace Open Enrollment Period has begun, and the ...

Migrating Incentives from Measurement to Learning

Over the past three decades, an overreliance on quality measures as a material driving factor in value-based payment (VBP) arrangements has created an adverse trade-off within delivery systems: achieve short ...

States Should Start Planning Now for Adapting Their Medicaid Programs Post-COVID-19

By Peter Cheesman and Lisa Kaplan Howe Update: For more information about considerations for states regarding redeterminations of Medicaid following the end public health emergency, click here. While the COVID-19 ...