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Each week, C-TAC compiles the latest legislative and regulatory updates affecting the serious illness care field, combined with insider analysis from our policy experts. Here’s what you need to know for the week ahead:

Biden-Harris Administration COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Holding Public Meeting

The Biden-Harris Administration’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will hold a virtual meeting on Feb. 26 from 3-5 PM ET. The meeting is open to the public and pre-registration is encouraged for those who would like to attend and participate in the public comment session. To register, please send an email with your name, affiliation, and email address to: COVID19HETF@hhs.gov.

The Task Force operates under the HHS Office of Minority Health, aiming to provide recommendations for mitigating health inequities caused or made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about the Task Force, click here

Senate HELP Committee Adds HHS Secretary Confirmation to Calendar for Feb. 23

The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee has added a confirmation hearing to its calendar for Xavier Becerra, President Joe Biden’s choice to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The hearing is currently set for 10 AM ET on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The Senate Finance Committee, which is the body responsible for sending the nomination to the full Senate for a vote, has not yet scheduled their hearing. To add the HELP committee hearing to your calendar and watch the live stream, please click here.

Obamacare Architect Is Top Pick to Lead Value-Based Care Office

Elizabeth Fowler, who led the drafting and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, is the frontrunner to serve as Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), Bloomberg Law reported.

During the Obama Administration, Fowler served as Deputy Director of Policy at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight Office. She also served as a Special Assistant on Health Care and Economic Policy with the National Economic Council. Since leaving the administration, she has held executive leadership positions at the Commonwealth Fund and Johnson & Johnson.

C-TAC looks forward to continuing our work with CMMI to develop and implement payment models that support people with serious illness and their families.

Biden-Harris Administration to Ship COVID-19 Vaccines Directly to Community Health Centers

The Biden-Harris Administration will begin sending COVID-19 vaccines directly to federally-qualified community health centers, according to update shared at a Feb. 9 press briefing.

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, head of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, said that the initial program phase will reach 250 community health centers and allocate 1 million doses. As the program scales, the goal will be to make vaccines available to any of the 1,400 community health centers nationwide that want to participate.

C-TAC applauds this action by the Biden-Harris Administration to support community health centers, which provide crucial services for people with serious illness across the country.

For more information about C-TAC’s legislative and regulatory efforts, visit our Policy page or contact Policy & Advocacy Manager Davis Baird at DBaird@theCTAC.org.

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