State legislative session brief offers unique view of health policy issues and identifies where progress is possible in the coming year.
Washington, D.C. – Today, United States of Care (USofCare) released its 2020 legislative session preview brief outlining the health care landscape over the next 12 months. A key issue for many Americans, USofCare expects health care to be a top priority for state lawmakers.
“This year, we expect state lawmakers to continue driving health care reforms through innovative solutions to ensure their constituents have access to quality, affordable health care,” said Emily Barson, United States of Care’s Executive Director. “Although Congress is deadlocked on a good deal of health care issues, states are well-positioned to develop and implement legislation that can serve as models for future action and improve people’s lives, both in states and – ultimately – across the country.”
Throughout 2020, USofCare expects activity in several areas, including four key ones — health care coverage affordability, prescription drugs cost and access, mental health services and substance use disorders, and health disparities. With the federal government struggling to advance meaningful solutions, all eyes will be on state legislatures as lawmakers seek to lower costs for both people and the health care system overall, to find solutions for mental health and substance use disorders, and to address health disparities.