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Biden’s FY 2022 Proposed Budget Plan Would Boost Spending on Public Health

Biden’s FY 2022 Proposed Budget Plan Would Boost Spending on Public Health

April 12, 2021 – President Joe Biden signaled his administration’s public health priorities in an outline of the fiscal year 2022 (FY 22) budget released last week. These proposed investments include substantial increases in funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), creation of […]

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Biden’s “Health Care Day” Previews Next Steps

Biden’s “Health Care Day” Previews Next Steps

Feb. 1, 2021 – President Joe Biden presented his current vision for the state of the nation’s healthcare during last week’s “Health Care Day,” one of several themed presentations his administration is holding to roll out key policies. Describing Executive Orders that he signed in the healthcare arena, Biden stated that the best way to […]

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Senate Delay in Confirming HHS Secretary Could Stall Biden’s Healthcare Plans

Senate Delay in Confirming HHS Secretary Could Stall Biden’s Healthcare Plans

Jan. 25, 2021 – As of Jan. 25, and five days after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the Senate has not yet scheduled confirmation hearings for Xavier Becerra, Biden’s nominee for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Any delay in his confirmation will cause a leadership gap at a critical […]

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Marketing Tax, Pricing Limits, Other Measures May Pass as Add-ons to Omnibus Bills

Marketing Tax, Pricing Limits, Other Measures May Pass as Add-ons to Omnibus Bills

Jan. 5, 2021 – The just-enacted COVID-19 relief bill may be a harbinger of what is to come in 2021 for drug pricing and marketing tax proposals, according to Coalition for Healthcare Communication Executive Director Jon Bigelow. In a memo to Coalition members and industry leaders, Bigelow noted that it had been fairly clear weeks […]

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Biden Plans Include Key Healthcare Appointments, ACA and, Maybe, Drug Pricing

Biden Plans Include Key Healthcare Appointments, ACA and, Maybe, Drug Pricing

Dec. 7, 2020 – President-elect Joe Biden announced on Dec. 7 his plans for filling key public health positions, including nominations for California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be the next secretary of Health and Human Services and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, currently an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, to become director of the […]

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Rawson Previews Biden COVID-19 Approach and Vaccine Roll-out

Rawson Previews Biden COVID-19 Approach and Vaccine Roll-out

Nov. 30, 2020 – Job one for President-elect Joe Biden is the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which will represent a “marked difference in energy and tone” than that offered by the current administration and likely will include a new FDA Commissioner as well as the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines, according to Kate Rawson, senior […]

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Biden Gears Up After Win, Announces COVID-19 Advisory Board

Biden Gears Up After Win, Announces COVID-19 Advisory Board

Nov. 9, 2020 – Just two days after his election victory became apparent, President-elect Joe Biden signaled his number one priority by naming the co-chairs and membership of his COVID-19 Advisory Board. “Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science […]

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Coalition Webinar: Rawson’s Take on Post-election Healthcare Policy

Coalition Webinar: Rawson’s Take on Post-election Healthcare Policy

With a bitterly-contested campaign headlined by pandemic and recession nearly in the rear-view mirror and just days to go before the Nov. 3 election, communications and marketing professionals need to understand what the healthcare environment will look like when the dust settles. To help industry sort through the results and what they may mean for […]

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Federal Government and FDA Operating under Continuing Resolution as FY 2021 Begins

Federal Government and FDA Operating under Continuing Resolution as FY 2021 Begins

Oct. 5, 2020 – Because Congress has not yet passed a budget, the federal government began fiscal year (FY) 2021 on Oct. 1 operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR). The CR sets a new deadline of Dec. 11 for passage of the full budget, but a further extension until February or March is very possible. […]

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Political Pressure on Federal Health Agencies Is Eroding Public Trust

Political Pressure on Federal Health Agencies Is Eroding Public Trust

Sept. 14, 2020 – As the COVID-19 pandemic persists and the race for a vaccine to prevent contracting the virus heats up, there is a great deal of misinformation circulating about treatments and the majority of Americans are concerned that political pressure from the Trump administration will lead the Food and Drug Administration to approve […]

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