How the Build Back Better Act impacts healthcare

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The House of Representatives narrowly passed the Build Back Better Act last month.

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on ECG's website.

The $1.6 trillion spending bill is intended to provide funding for a wide range of initiatives, including education, housing, paid family and medical leave, climate change relief, and healthcare.

The bill now sits with the Senate, where its future is in jeopardy. The bill, which needs support from all 50 Democratic senators, has received substantial criticism from Senator Joe Manchin (D.-W.VA) and is unlikely to pass in its present form. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.-N.Y.) has stated that the chamber will vote on a revised version of the bill early next year, though the specific changes that will be made are unclear.

Here we identify key healthcare provisions in the bill and recommended actions that healthcare organizations can employ to take advantage of the opportunities created by this historic legislation, should it eventually be signed into law.

General Healthcare Provisions

The Build Back Better Act contains several clauses that will have far-reaching impacts on the healthcare landscape. Some of the notable funding areas include affordable healthcare coverage, lowering prescription drug costs, and pandemic preparedness.

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