April 27, 2021

Around the nation: 17 senators send letter to President Biden asking him to expand Medicare

Daily Briefing

    A group of 17 senators, including 16 Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Sunday urging him to expand Medicare through his American Families Plan, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.

    • District of Columbia: A group of 17 senators, including 16 Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Sunday urging him to expand Medicare through his American Families Plan. In the letter, the senators asked that Biden "propose reducing the Medicare eligibility age, expanding Medicare benefits to include hearing, dental, and vision care, implementing a cap on out-of-pocket expenses under traditional Medicare, and negotiating lower drug prices" (Cohen, Politico, 4/25).
    • Georgia: Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at CDC and leader of CDC's Covid-19 vaccine task force, has been reassigned from the task force and is being absorbed into an incident management response team at the agency. Messonnier's task force responsibilities will be assigned to Henry Walke, who is director of CDC's division of preparedness and emerging infections (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/23).
    • Pennsylvania: UPMC has named Marianna Stoneburner as VP of patient care services and CNO of St. Margaret Hospital in Pittsburgh, a role Stoneburner began in February. Stoneburner previously served as CNO of UPMC Jameson and UPMC Horizon, and also previously worked in the ICU at St. Margaret (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/23).

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