Now that the presidential race has been called for Joe Biden, policy experts are predicting that his administration’s health care agenda will be accomplished mainly through executive action. That’s a consequence of the likelihood of a divided Congress, along with the Trump administration’s reliance on executive authority to implement its health care policies, many of which the new administration will want to reverse.
Naturally, the most pressing issue for Biden will be the increasingly out-of-control COVID-19 pandemic. Along with vaccine planning and distribution, experts say that other areas of employer concern like testing and workplace safety are certain to see significant action from the White House. The new administration will also step up efforts to mitigate the devastation the pandemic has wrought on communities of color and low-income workers. Experts also predict the Biden administration will assess which Trump administration executive actions to revise or reverse, a process that could include Medicaid work requirements.