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COVID-19: Urgent Federal Actions to Accelerate America's Response

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created and exposed extraordinary challenges for America’s health care systems and public health infrastructure. In response, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Future of Health Care Initiative is releasing a new report with recommendations for immediate action to bolster the nation’s pandemic response.

Join us on Friday, January 29, as BPC’s health leaders discuss the group’s recommendations that address six key issues: COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, vaccine transparency and distribution, supply chain management, surge capacity, racial disparities, and funding for states, localities, and providers.

BPC’s Future of Health Care Initiative is co-chaired by former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist, M.D., and former Medicare and Medicaid administrators Andy Slavitt and Gail Wilensky, and includes a bipartisan group of national health experts. In Feb. 2020, the initiative released the Bipartisan Rx for America’s Health Care, offering practical solutions designed to make health care coverage more affordable without adding to growing system-wide health expenditures.

Featured Participants

Keynote remarks from:

Tom Daschle
Former Senate Majority Leader; Co-Founder, BPC

Bill Frist, M.D.
Former Senate Majority Leader; Senior Fellow, BPC

Panel discussion with:

William Roper, M.D.
Former Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mark Smith, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco; Founding President and Former CEO, California Health Care Foundation

Leana Wen, M.D.
Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management, George Washington University; Former Health Commissioner of Baltimore

Gail Wilensky, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Project Hope; Former Administrator, Health Care Financing Administration (Now CMS)

Moderated by:

Anand Parekh, M.D.
Chief Medical Advisor, BPC

In light of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, BPC events have shifted to all remote formats, such as video teleconferences or calls.

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