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Memo to President Biden: A Reality-Based Approach to Drug Pricing

Four Ways the Pharma Sector is Performing Well, Four Big Problems, and Three Straightforward Solutions In this paper we summarize the state of today’s pharma sector with four ways it is performing well and four big problems. Then we propose three key policy proposals that the Biden Administration can use to address the problems: A…

Improving Oral Health Across America

Millions of Americans suffer from poor oral health with decaying teeth, gum disease and chronic tooth pain. Poor oral health can limit a person’s employment opportunities, increase the risk of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, premature births and lead to unnecessary emergency department (ED) visits. Poor oral health can be a result of limited…

The Promise of Telehealth Beyond the Emergency

In the past few months, millions of Americans have experienced a first, tantalizing glimpse of the promise of telehealth.1 The use of telehealth – the remote delivery of care and monitoring of patients’ health using digital telecommunications tools – has surged during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, as policymakers and insurers across the country have eased…

Press

Americans need COVID-19 vaccinations now — here’s how Biden can ramp up the process

The advisers of President-elect Joe Biden have been developing plans to speed up COVID-19 vaccine distribution. One idea the transition team has announced is to release available doses immediately rather than holding back half to ensure second doses are available. While this could potentially delay some people from getting a second dose, the risk is worth it. Americans have…

Boston Globe: Are drug prices really soaring?

Featured in the Sunday Globe on November 22, 2020 A lot of attention and a bevy of proposals have focused on the rising cost of drugs, among all Americans, including older adults covered by Medicare. But are these costs really rising as fast as people think? Or is the concern over drug spending due to something…

Biden Can Quickly Improve U.S. Health Care

So many of the good health-care proposals that President-elect Joe Biden made during his campaign — to expand insurance subsidies, lower the Medicare eligibility age, create a national public insurance option — now appear difficult to achieve unless his party can, against the odds, take control of the U.S. Senate after two special elections in…

Blog

Covid Relief Bill Provides Relief for New Moms

Among the lesser reported elements of the Covid-19 relief bill making its way through Congress this month are several improvements to Medicaid to bolster health insurance coverage for low-income individuals. One specific provision would allow states to extend Medicaid coverage to women for up to a full year after giving birth. Newborns in the U.S.…

The President’s address to Congress is an opportunity to highlight Covid-19 treatments

The United States broke records with the swift development and distribution of new Covid-19 vaccines, but after the Trump administration’s hydroxychloroquine debacle, the focus on treatments was pushed to the side. President Biden has acknowledged that even with the new vaccines, the Covid-19 pandemic will likely linger throughout the year. To save lives, we’ll need…

Biden should ease access to key opioid treatment

From May 2019 to May 2020 the CDC reported over 81,000 overdose deaths from opioids in the United States, the biggest annual death toll to date. In a belated effort to mitigate the crisis, the Trump administration changed regulations to make it easier to access the opioid treatment drug buprenorphine in the waning days of…