Jan 18, 2023 - Health

GOP introduces bill to end public health emergency

Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) launched a House Republican effort Tuesday to officially declare an end to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Why it matters: The measure could set up a symbolic vote similar to the one the Senate took last year that President Joe Biden would likely veto.

Between the lines: Last week, the Biden administration renewed the public health emergency for another 90 days. HHS has pledged to give 60 days' notice before ending it.

  • When the emergency does end, it will bring major policy shifts to insurance markets, drug approvals and telehealth.

Side note: One of the biggest potential impacts of the end of the public health emergency could be state redeterminations of Medicaid eligibility.

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