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Biden-Sanders Task Force Publishes Broad Set of Policy Recommendations; Includes Racial Inequities, Public Option, & Medicare Drug Negotiation

On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, a task force led by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, and in partnership with Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), outlined the actions a Democratic Administration would take if put in power after the November election. In its 110-page document, the group speaks to an expansive set of cross-cutting issues, focusing substantially on health care, racial… (LaRosa, July 9, 2020) #Costs, #COVID-19, #Drug Pricing, #Health Equity, #Public Option, #Transparency

In 7-2 Decision, SCOTUS Upholds Trump Administration Rule Allowing Religious Exemptions to Birth Control Coverage

On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump Administration’s rule that would allow employers to opt out of requirements to provide contraceptive coverage to employees due to religious or moral objections. In a 7-2 decision, the Court sided with religious employers, saying that compelling them to cover contraception would “substantially burden a person’s… (LaRosa, July 8, 2020) #Affordable Care Act, #Insurance Coverage, #Social Determinants of Health, #Women’s Health

Appropriations Committee Discusses Operation Warp Speed, Discusses Safety, Distribution, and Pricing Concerns

The Senate Committee on Appropriations convened a hearing to discuss Operation Warp Speed and the research, manufacturing, and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. Witnesses represented multiple federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and testified to the current strategies and phases in place in hopes to have a vaccine… (Marimon, July 7, 2020) #Cost-Sharing, #COVID-19, #Public Health