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On February 27th, the House of Representatives voted 219 to 212 to pass the American Rescue Plan Act.  As part of $1.9 trillion in omnibus spending, the bill represents congressional Democrats’ first serious attempt to amend the Affordable Care Act since that reform went into effect.  The legislation would provide additional funds to entice holdout states to expand Medicaid to able-bodied adults and would expand subsidies for individuals to purchase plans from the ACA’s exchanges.  Yet, recent research suggests that the proposed increase in subsidies might do more to inflate health insurance premiums than to reduce costs for enrollees.

Medical professionals on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic desperately need reinforcements. That’s why President Biden, in his “American Rescue Plan,” proposes enough funding to triple the number of community health care workers.