March 2, 2022 – Past COVID-19, President Joe Biden on Tuesday hit on a number of different well being care priorities in his first State of the Union, together with a warning that the administration would scrutinize personal investor possession of nursing houses and that Medicare was going to “set larger requirements for nursing houses and ensure your family members get the care they deserve and anticipate.”
Biden, in his deal with to a joint session of Congress, additionally pledged to guard entry to well being care, to protect a “girl’s proper to decide on,” to advance maternal well being care, and to guard youthful transgender Individuals, calling a spate of state legal guidelines focusing on them “improper.”
The president additionally stated he was doubling down on the Most cancers Moonshot program’s promise “to finish most cancers as we all know it,” asking Congress to fund his proposed Superior Analysis Initiatives Company for Well being, which might be tasked with discovering breakthroughs associated to most cancers, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and different ailments.
What’s extra, Biden stated he plans to behave to “eliminate outdated guidelines that cease docs from prescribing remedies” for opioid dependancy.
“I imagine in restoration, and I have a good time the 23 million Individuals in restoration,” he stated.
The State of the Union deal with got here after the administration earlier within the day introduced a new effort to improve Americans’ mental health, and stated the White Home would work with Congress to broaden telehealth and combine mental health with main care. Biden’s fiscal 2023 price range, which might take impact Oct. 1, will double funding for main and behavioral well being integration packages.
Acknowledging State of the Union visitor Frances Haugen, a former Fb worker who uncovered the corporate’s algorithms focusing on youngsters, Biden stated, “We should maintain social media platforms accountable for the nationwide experiment they’re conducting on our kids for revenue.”
“It’s time to strengthen privateness protections, ban focused promoting to youngsters, demand tech corporations cease accumulating private knowledge on our kids,” he stated.
In response to this a part of the president’s deal with, American Academy of Pediatrics President Moira Szilagyi, MD, stated in a press release that the group was blissful the administration was proposing to “defend the digital privateness and well-being of youngsters and adolescents.”
Final fall, the AAP made a nationwide emergency declaration on youngsters’s psychological well being as a result of the pandemic worsened psychological well being points. Szilagyi stated the AAP “welcomes tonight’s recognition of youngsters’s mental health as a nationwide precedence and appears ahead to what comes subsequent.”
The American Psychological Affiliation and the American Medical Affiliation additionally applauded Biden’s psychological well being proposals, particularly for elevating youngsters’s wants.
“COVID-19 has had a devastating affect on psychological well being, particularly for school-aged youngsters and for communities which have been traditionally marginalized or minoritized,” AMA President Gerald E. Harmon, MD, stated in a statement.
However the star of the night appeared to be Joshua Davis, a seventh grader with kind 1 diabetes who beamed from the primary girl’s field as Biden spoke.
“For Joshua, and for the 200,000 different younger folks with type 1 diabetes, let’s cap the price of insulin at $35 a month so everybody can afford it,” the president stated through the deal with.
“Drug corporations will nonetheless do very nicely,” he stated, noting that Medicare ought to be allowed to barter decrease costs for prescribed drugs.
The insulin cap proposal — just for these with personal insurance coverage — is contained in Biden’s Construct Again Higher plan, which has been stymied within the Senate.
The Endocrine Society praised Biden for saying he’ll tackle drug prices, notably insulin.
In a statement, the society famous that greater than 37 million Individuals have diabetes, with 3 million beginning on insulin inside a 12 months of being identified.
These with kind 1 depend on insulin to outlive, the society stated.
“We urge Congress to return collectively and cross laws to make insulin reasonably priced as quickly as potential,” stated the assertion.