President Joseph Biden is setting up a team to find out what the federal government can do to help people use their commercial health coverage to pay for COVID-19 testing and care.
General provisions relating to commercial health coverage for COVID-19 testing and care, and efforts to help uninsured and underinsured people pay for COVID-19 testing and care, are part of a new, 200-page plan the Biden administration posted on the web today.
- The National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness document
- A video recording of the White House COVID-19 Response event
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Biden presented the plan at a White House event that included Vice President Kamala Harris and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“Things are going to continue to get worse before they get better,” Biden said during the event, which was streamed live on the web.
More than 400,000 people have already died from COVID-19, and about 3,000 to 4,000 people are now dying from COVID-19 each day, Biden said.
“The death toll will likely top 500,000 next month,” Biden said. “We didn’t get into this mess overnight, and it will take months for us to turn this around.”
The heart of the plan is an effort to deliver 100 million COVID-19 vaccination shots during the Biden administration’s first 100 days in office, Biden said.
Much of the plan deals with the mechanics of creating and distributing vaccines that protect people against the virus that causes COVID-19, and shoring up financing for international pandemic response programs.
The authors of the plan take a cautious approach to describing what the Biden administration intends to do about COVID-19-related health coverage.
The administration of former President Donald Trump came in talking about wanting to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and ended up operating within the statutory framework created by the ACA and earlier health system change laws, such as the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 2016.
Here’s what the Biden administration says about the executive orders it will use to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.