In a recent interview with Kaiser Health News, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra was asked what health care measures the Biden Administration would like to see passed. His response was very simple: “Our preference is to get it done. What’s the ‘it’? We’ll take everything we can get.”
However, he urged Congress to pass legislation to bring down drug prices, including allowing importation from such countries as Canada that have lower prices and giving Medicare the ability to negotiate prices.
Since the health care legislation in the House and Senate contain provisions for coverage of dental, hearing and vision by Medicare that TSCL has long championed, we are pleased that these have been included in the proposals. However, unlike the Biden Administration, we will carefully track the legislation as it works its way through both Houses and reserve judgement until we see the final result.