HEALTH CARE BRIEFING: Home adopts Biden’s economic plan

President Joe Biden’s signing plan to expand the social safety net, tackle climate change and rewrite tax policies was passed by the House on Friday morning as president Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) United stubborn Democrats to send legislation to the Senate, where its fate remains uncertain.

The vote 220-213 follows months of quarrels within the parties. This only came after the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office handed in a cost estimate for the bill, which moderates had demanded before voting. The CBO’s conclusion that this would increase the deficit by $ 367 billion over a decade proved acceptable to enough dissenters to get the bill passed. representing Jared Golden (D-Maine) was the only Democrat to vote no, along with all Republicans.

The House action is a political victory for Biden, but his agenda is still far from the finish line. Democratic senators are expected to make significant changes before they vote, potentially in December. The passage in this chamber will require the unanimous support of the Democratic caucus and two pivotal members, Joe manchin (DW.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona), have yet to give their full public support. Republicans are united in opposition.

“90% of this bill was drafted together,” Pelosi said of the Senate at a press conference after the vote. “Whatever comes out of the Senate, we will work with them.”

Biden called Pelosi to congratulate her and, in a statement, urged the Senate to act quickly. Read more about Erik Wasson and Billy House.

  • The far-reaching bill seeks to address some of the main challenges that have pushed women’s participation rates to levels not seen in decades. If some of the pillars of the bill were to be passed by the Senate, including child care relief, senior assistance and an extended child tax credit, it would represent a major change for reality. economic women. Package would offer four weeks of paid leave to all new parents, down from the first 12 offered, but still historic for the United States Read more about Kelsey Butler.

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Happens on the Hill

The measure seeks to delay reductions in reimbursement of health insurance: Rep. Friend Bera (D-California) and Larry Bucchon (R-Ind.) Introduced legislation that “would provide critical relief to physicians responding to the COVID-19 pandemic who are currently expected to receive Medicare payment cuts next year,” according to a statement. HR 6020 would extend the Medicare physicians’ payment adjustment of 3.75% for an additional year. Read the text of the bill here.

Trump says Navarro must challenge the house’s investigation: Former President Donald Trump told his former White House trade adviser to challenge a House committee that summoned him to appear as part of an investigation into the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic of Covid-19. Peter Navarro, who was director of the Bureau of Trade and Manufacturing Policy and assistant to the president, was subpoenaed by the House Select Coronavirus subcommittee on Thursday. Navarro appeared to reject the committee’s request in a Twitter post on Friday. Read more about Billy House.

The coronavirus pandemic

Opponents of the vaccination mandate aim for the good court: GOP-led states’ second and third challenges to the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers are strategic games to maximize the chances of a federal appeals court blocking the rule, observers said legal. Republican-led states are pushing back Biden’s vaccination mandates, with an Occupational Safety and Health Administration vaccine or test rule for large employers being the primary target.

The Fifth Circuit blocked that rule, making the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services health worker rule the next priority. The last two lawsuits against the health workers’ tenure make similar claims to the first that the vaccine rule will worsen health worker shortages. If enough workers quit their jobs rather than get the jab, states say, the mandate could compromise access to care, especially in rural communities. Read more about Allie Reed.

The United States supports all users amid virus wave: Millions more Americans can now receive booster shots for Covid-19 from Pfizer and Moderna, after US authorities expanded what many state and local leaders and healthcare providers argued as confusion in initial eligibility guidelines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky on Friday approved guidelines that make the boosters available to all adults 18 years of age and older who have received a second dose of any of the messenger RNA vaccines at at least six months earlier. Read more about Fiona Rutherford.

Biden Vaccinations Coordinator Choucair departing from the White House: White House immunization coordinator Bechara Choucair is leaving administration to return to the private sector, he said in a message to Bloomberg News on Sunday. The last day of Choucair will be Monday. He joined Biden’s team during the transition last year and was responsible for speeding up the nascent Covid-19 vaccination effort that Biden inherited when he took office in January. Read more about John Tozzi.

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What else to know today

The SCOTUS abortion advisory can arrive today: The United States Supreme Court today scheduled the first day of opinion in its tenure, opening up the possibility of an imminent ruling on challenges to the abortion ban in Texas after six weeks. The court said the judges would not support and instead post their opinions online starting at 10 a.m. Washington time, as has been their practice since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic last year. The court does not say what opinions will be expressed on certain days. Read more about Greg Stohr.

NJ Top Court Invalidates Medicaid Extension Rule: A New Jersey regulation governing the expansion of Medicaid eligibility for the elderly, blind and disabled is invalid because it does not meet the legal requirement to adjust family size when applying. determining their income eligibility, the state’s highest court said. The New Jersey Medicaid agency wrongly denied benefits to two people eligible for expansion because their monthly income exceeded the state’s $ 1,005 limit for individuals, New Jersey Supreme Court said . Read more about Mary Anne Pazanowski.

More and more Americans say they don’t expect to have a child: A growing share of American adults who aren’t already parents say they are unlikely to have children, citing reasons such as apathy, medical issues and financial instability. A new survey from the Pew Research Center found that 44% of non-parents aged 18 to 49 say it’s not too likely, or not at all likely, that they will ever have children, an increase by 7 percentage points compared to the 37% who said the same thing in 2018. The other reasons given are medical at 19% and financial at 17%. Read more about Alex Tanzi.

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