POLICY BRIEFINGS


CBO Corrects 2020 Revenue Forecast


The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) revenue forecast for 2020 was off by 9 percent – almost twice as much as usual – as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. According to a new report from the agency, taxes paid by individuals were 16 percent higher than anticipated, despite wages falling more than predicted, while corporate receipts were also underestimated by 12.5 percent. CBO explains that in both cases, fewer people took advantage of tax incentives created in response to the pandemic than expected. Payroll taxes were also two percent higher than what the CBO had originally forecast.


HealthCare.gov Enrollment Increases by Over 6%


Enrollment in HealthCare.gov has increased 6.6 percent over last year according to recently released federal data. More than 8.2 million people signed up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange during the enrollment period that ended last week, growing 6.3 percent over 2019 and 2.2 percent over 2018. Eleven states plus Washington, D.C. have extended their own open enrollment periods, with some not closing until the end of January.


Hart Health Strategies COVID-19 Resources


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Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R.8953 — To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for graduate medical education partnerships in States with a low ratio of medical residents relative to the general population; Sponsor: Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-14]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.8958 — To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publish guidance for States on strategies for maternal care providers participating in the Medicaid program to reduce maternal mortality and severe morbidity with respect to individuals receiving medical assistance under such program; Sponsor: Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.8966 — To provide for a vaccine safety public awareness campaign; Sponsor: Rep. Wenstrup, Brad R. [R-OH-2]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.8967 — To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award a contract to an eligible nonprofit entity to establish and maintain a health care claims database for purposes of lowering Americans’ health care costs, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8]; Committees: House - Armed Services; Education and Labor; Oversight and Reform; Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

H.R.8971 — To authorize assistance to aid in the prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula in foreign countries, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12]; Committees: House - Foreign Affairs

H.R.8981 — To prohibit discrimination on the basis of mental or physical disability in cases of anatomical gifts and organ transplants; Sponsor: Rep. Herrera Beutler, Jaime [R-WA-3]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.8987 — To amend the Public Health Service Act to incentivize the manufacture of certain medicines in the United States and to enhance the security of the United States pharmaceutical supply chain, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Joyce, John [R-PA-13]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

S.5027 — A bill to authorize the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to award grants to eligible State, Tribal, and territorial public health agencies to develop and administer a program for digital contact tracing for COVID-19, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.5034 — A bill to empower communities to establish a continuum of care for individuals experiencing mental or behavioral health crisis, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV]; Committees: Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.5044 — A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish requirements with respect to the use of prior authorization under Medicare Advantage plans, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH]; Committees: Senate – Finance

S.5051 — A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for Medicare coverage of multi-cancer early detection screening tests; Sponsor: Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID]; Committees: Senate – Finance



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