Legislative Opportunities to Increase Health Care Access and Coverage
November 30 at 3 p.m. ET
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 is one of the largest economic relief programs in U.S. history, which will provide billions of dollars to states, communities, and individuals. When considered alongside the Build Back Better budget reconciliation bill currently being proposed in Congress, it is clear that federal legislation could soon impact nearly every aspect of the American economy, particularly health care. This webinar discussed how the key features of the American Rescue Plan Act and the Build Back Better framework—which include extending marketplace subsidies, addressing the Medicaid coverage gap, providing funding for clinics and health centers, supporting consumer assistance and enforcement, funding reinsurance and affordability programs—and discussed philanthropy’s opportunity to engage in the resulting work in communities across the country. Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation moderated a panel of speakers that included Frederick Isasi of Families USA, Sarah Lueck of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Edwin Park of the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, and Hemi Tewarson of the National Academy for State Health Policy.