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C-TAC looks forward to working with the Biden Administration and members of the 117th Congress to improve the quality of life for people with serious illness and their families, especially those from marginalized communities that have been historically underserved and overlooked. We believe there will be numerous policy opportunities to address the needs of this population and their paid and unpaid caregivers and providers.

 While we won’t know for some time the specific policies a Biden Administration will pursue initially, C-TAC has been encouraged by a number of his campaign proposals that have the potential to improve the lives of the seriously-ill. The Biden team recently updated its transition website to showcase four policy areas the incoming administration will prioritize: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity and climate change. As part of the COVID-19 response plans, On Monday, November 9th, Biden named thirteen health experts to his Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. C-TAC is especially excited to see the appointment of Dr. Atul Gawande to this group. Dr. Gawnade is a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, an internationally respected writer and policy thinker, and a staunch advocate for palliative care and the seriously ill population. C-TAC is encouraged to see leaders in our space already contributing to a transitional pandemic response strategy, and we will work to engage these leaders and others to ensure future public health efforts elevate the needs of those with serious illness and their families.

Other policies that have been proposed by the Biden team include lowering the Medicare age to 60, which could have significant implications for the seriously ill population. Also, the $775 billion plan to expand access to caregiving supports and bolster home-and-community-based services (HCBS) infrastructure is a bold statement that aligns closely with C-TAC’s focus on strengthening the care continuum by helping communities connect essential resources with those who need them most.

Lastly, the Biden Administration announced that it wants to establish a COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force, as proposed by Vice President-elect Harris, to provide recommendations and oversight on disparities in the public health and economic response. At the end of this health crisis, it will transition to a permanent Infectious Disease Racial Disparities Task Force. This highlights the importance of addressing both older Americans and others at high risk who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.

C-TAC remains dedicated to putting equity at the center of our work and advocating for policies that allow for the delivery of critical services and resources at the community level. Our commitment to the moonshot goal is unwavering. Together, we can ensure a high quality of life for 12 million people with serious illness by 2030. We hope that you’ll join us as we keep the momentum going.
For more information about C-TAC’s legislative and regulatory efforts, please contact Policy & Advocacy Manager Davis Baird at dbaird@thectac.org.

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