January 22, 2021
A look at the broader Biden healthcare agenda
Beyond the initiatives directly tied to COVID relief (as discussed above), President Biden’s healthcare agenda includes a broader bolstering of the protections and coverage mechanisms in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as the rollback of several of the previous administration’s regulatory changes. We’ve outlined that agenda in the graphic below, as well as highlighting key members of the Biden healthcare team. While much will depend on how the COVID pandemic continues to unfold, and how successful Biden is at striking bipartisan compromises with a closely divided Congress, we’re watching closely for the answers to several key questions: (1) how aggressive can and will the new administration be in unwinding Trump-era reforms, particularly regarding Medicaid work requirements; (2) what will be the thrust of Biden’s antitrust policy in the healthcare space; (3) how hard will Biden be willing to push for expanded subsidies for individuals purchasing insurance on the ACA exchanges; (4) how will the Biden team build on the transparency measures implemented by the Trump administration; and (5) how will the new administration use payment reforms and other regulations to address racial and other disparities in healthcare? All of that preceded by one burning question that has us holding our breath: who will Biden pick to run the all-important Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services?