Health Policy Through a Crystal Ball: What We’re Tracking in 2022
January 19, 2022 | By Sarabeth Zemel, JD
Although COVID-19 continued to dominate the health policy and public health sphere in 2021, there was plenty of other exciting health policy news that will continue to make waves in 2022. This blog provides a high-level summary of what we are following from federal and state agencies, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and others.
Federal Initiatives We’re Following:
- COVID and ARPA funding – COVID continues to dominate headlines as new variants cause continued waves of disease transmission and hospitalizations. While it’s been 9 months since the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the legislation’s funding opportunities for health and public health continue to cascade down to the states, including the Enhanced Spending Plan for Home and Community Based Services in Medicaid and funding for public health workforce, vaccine preparedness and infection prevention. California’s Enhanced Spending Plan was just conditionally approved by CMS.