On the campaign trail, Joe Biden’s proposed hopes for Medicare were to lower the eligibility age to 60 as well as to establish a public option. According to Drew Altman of the Kaiser Family Foundation, these goals may morph and change now that he’s in office.
In top health news, Biden has already reentered the World Health Organization, with Dr. Fauci as U.S. representative.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Head Seema Verma has resigned and Biden has named interim CMS head Elizabeth Richter. She will serve until the Biden administration chooses a permanent chief. A new chief requires Senate confirmation.
Biden signed three executive orders Wednesday:
- Creating the office of COVID-19 response coordinator,
- Mandating that people wear masks on federal property, and
- Reversing the United States’ withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO).
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