Mary Frances Colvin


On Jan.20, 2021, President Biden presented an impressive and aggressive plan to Congress: the American Rescue Plan. He urged Congress to approve $415 billion in immediate funding to contain the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, while simultaneously proposing additional spending to address our crushed economy. Altogether, it is a $1.9 trillion package, a figure under negotiation. The complete document may be found on the White House website; search for “president-biden-announces-american-rescue-plan.”

I will focus here on the healthcare aspects of the plan. Some of these health-focused solutions are necessarily tied to some, but not all the measures related to the economy.

Mary Frances Colvin is a retired Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) nurse consultant and a member of Gettysburg Democracy for America’s Healthcare Task Force.

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