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McDermottPlus Check-Up: March 19, 2021

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McDermott+Consulting is pleased to provide the McDermottPlus Check-Up, your regular update on health care policy from Washington, DC. This Week’s Dose

The Senate confirmed former California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as the new Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the House of Representatives passed a sequestration relief bill. The Biden Administration reversed Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and New Hampshire. Congress

Senate Confirmed Becerra as HHS Secretary

The Senate voted 50 to 49 to confirm Becerra, with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) as the sole Republican joining Democrats to vote in favor of his nomination. With Becerra in place, the Senate will likely move to confirm remaining Health Department positions, including the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) (Biden has tapped former HHS official Chiquita Brooks-LaSure for the post). Notably, the President has not yet nominated anyone to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Health Resources and Services Administration, two other large HHS agencies. Healthcare policy under the Biden Administration has so far been dominated by Congress and COVID-19 relief efforts. Regulatory activity will likely pick up once HHS leadership is in place. House Passed Sequestration […]

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