On August 7, the U.S. Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a $740 billion reconciliation package. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill by August 12. This expert perspective describes the healthcare provisions included in the IRA, such as provisions to improve the affordability of healthcare for Medicare and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace enrollees. The expert perspective also describes several significant healthcare policies included in the House-passed Build Back Better Act that were left out of the Senate package.
Recent COVID-19 Stimulus Legislation and Guidance: Opportunities and Considerations for States
Manatt Health, Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms and GMMB
On Friday, May 1 State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar during which experts from Manatt Health and Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms summarized recent federal legislation related to COVID-19 and distilled key takeaways from recent federal guidance. Topics included:
- Review of the recently passed stimulus bill, “Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act” (also known as CARES Act 3.5)
- Deep dive of recently released guidance on the disbursement of CARES Act funding including the Provider Relief and Coronavirus Relief Funds
- Medicaid strategies for providers and considerations for states
Leaders from a handful of states discussed their own experiences and provided key insights and lessons learned.