What Will Congress’s Top Health Priority Be This Year?
Healthcare experts weigh in.
by Joyce Frieden, News Editor, MedPage Today | January 05, 2018
Congress has a long list of healthcare issues it may deal with in the coming year -- Medicare and Medicaid reform, reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and lowering high drug prices, to name a few. Which one is likely to be the Number One priority?
MedPage Today asked a few experts for their thoughts on this question. Here are their responses:
Daniel Derksen, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Rural Health, University of Arizona: “The top priority in early 2018 will be funding crucial programs including Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP beyond the stopgap continuing resolution that ends January 19th ... Congress would do well to focus on health policy issues with broad bipartisan support such as reauthorizing CHIP for the long term, reforming professional liability insurance, and holding the pharmaceutical industry accountable for skyrocketing medication costs.”
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