JAMA January 7, 2021
Larry Levitt

President-elect Biden proposed a sweeping set of health care initiatives during the campaign. The health care proposals included

  • Expanding testing for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), eliminating out-of-pocket costs for treatment, and providing additional pay and protective equipment for essential workers.

  • Increasing premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), capping premiums for all enrollees at 8.5% of income.

  • Creating a public option health plan administered by Medicare that would be available to anyone, including free coverage for people with low incomes in states that have not expanded Medicaid under the ACA.

  • Lowering the age of eligibility for Medicare to 60 years.

  • Giving the federal government the authority to negotiate drug prices...

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