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This Week in Economic News: October 26 – October 31, 2020

October 30, 2020 — Blog

GDP Historic Growth Points to “V” Shaped Recovery GDP in Q3 increased by an annualized 33.1 percent, or nearly $1.3 trillion. The economy recovered over 75 percent of the drop in Q2 and nearly 66 percent of the entirety of the recession. Consumer and investment spending were ...

The Way Forward on Health Care

October 30, 2020 — Blog

The upcoming election is a referendum on health care like this country has not before seen. Democrats are promising the radical elimination of Americans’ choice of private coverage and ending Medicare as we know it. And as part of their fearmongering, they are accusing Republicans of lacking ideas to expand access to affordable, quality health coverage for all. This is ...

Brady, McCarthy, House Republican Committee Leaders Introduce the Commitment to Defeat the Virus and Keep America Healthy Act

October 30, 2020 — Coronavirus Bulletin

WASHINGTON -- The top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady (R-TX) joined House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR), and Appropriations Republican Leader Kay Granger (R-TX) in introducing H.R. 14, the Commitment to Defeat the Virus and Keep America Healthy Act. Upon introduction the ...

Expanding Telehealth to More Americans

October 29, 2020 — Blog

What’s the problem? Health disparities experienced by some racial and ethnic minority groups in underserved communities are often very similar to health disparities experienced in rural populations. Obesity, hypertension, and diabetes are all ...

ICYMI: Sec. Azar: Why Operation Warp Speed is a Made-in-America story

October 23, 2020 — Blog

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar laid out in an op-ed for Fox Business how Operation Warp Speed (OWS) is utilizing the public and private sectors to deliver a vaccine to COVID-19 at record pace. Key Points:  "It is now highly credible that OWS will have produced up to 100 million doses of safe and effective

Building on Ways and Means GOP Efforts, HHS Works to Improve Maternal Health

October 22, 2020 — Blog

Key Points:  -The U.S. Surgeon General issued a challenge to providers to help fight our nation’s rising maternal mortality rate. -Providers should work to “address care for women with hypertension who are pregnant and/or postpartum” and “breastfeeding initiation and continuation disparities among breastfeeding mothers.” -The Administration also announced a new ...

Medicare Open Enrollment is Happening Now!

October 16, 2020 — Blog

Key points: 2021 Medicare Open Enrollment is officially open and will run through December 7, 2020. People with Medicare can review health and drug plans and make changes to their healthcare coverage for next year based on their financial and medical needs. People who want to keep their current Medicare coverage do not need to ...

Trump Administration: Paying for Results To Get Faster COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

October 16, 2020 — Blog

Key Takeaway: Building on actions to bolster laboratory testing for COVID-19, the Trump Administration is making changes to Medicare payments made to laboratories in order to incentivize faster and more efficient diagnostic test results. Yesterday, CMS announced that, starting January 1, 2021, Medicare will pay $100 only to laboratories that are able to process high throughput ...

Unemployed Workers, Abandoned by House Democrats, Continue to Receive Relief Through Trump Administration

October 15, 2020 — Blog

More than 25 million Americans who lost their job due to COVID-19 shut downs continue to receive unemployment benefits. Yet, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats continue to stall additional targeted COVID-relief, including for unemployed workers. In August, President Trump stepped-in to fill the void caused by Democrats’ inaction by using executive authority to create the