End of Government Purchasing, PHE Could Lead to Access, Pricing Issues for COVID Treatments

  • Oct 27, 2022

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the federal government has spent tens of billions of dollars purchasing vaccines, treatments and tests and providing them for free to the public. Congress has also passed legislation ensuring private and public payers cover those countermeasures for as long as the public health emergency (PHE) is in place. 

    However, that may soon be ending as Congress has yet to authorize additional COVID-specific funding and the PHE is likely to expire sometime next year. That could lead to questions about access, pricing and insurance coverage, according to panelists who spoke during a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) webinar on Oct. 19. 

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  • Tim Casey

    Tim has worked as a reporter and editor for more than 20 years. Before joining AIS Health in December 2021, he was a business reporter covering the commercial real estate industry’s capital markets for four years. He previously covered health care business issues for two medical publishing companies and high school, college and professional sports for the Sacramento Bee newspaper. Tim has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

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