Potential Costs and Impact of Health Provisions in the Build Back Better Act

(Cynthia Cox, Robin Rudowitz, Juliette Cubanski, Karen Pollitz , MaryBeth Musumeci, Usha Ranji , and Michelle Long for Kaiser Family Foundation published October 26, 2021)

Congress is considering a broad package of health, social, and environmental programs supported by President Biden, called the Build Back Better Act. The total cost of the original package has been pegged at $3.5 trillion (much of which would be offset by savings and new revenue), though policymakers are considering ways to reduce the total, such as by scaling back proposed initiatives, or making them temporary instead of permanent. Negotiations are ongoing and there is no public agreement on a final spending target or the specifics of the provisions.  Continue reading the brief here…

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