Feb. 4, 2022

Where Does Congress Go from Here?

Where Does Congress Go from Here?

With Congress back in D.C. this week, the hill looks to debate on current legislation. This includes the  Build Back Better plan, which has several health policies that would affect patients, particularly those on Medicare. To discuss these policies we hear from health policy expert Charla Penn from Winning Strategies Washington. While the future of BBB appears dim, she shares what policies might survive, be scaled down, or cut altogether. 

Plus, hear from Beth Waldron, a patient advocate who suffers from both deep vein thrombosis DVT and pulmonary embolism PE. Beth’s insurance company recently forced her to be non-medically switched from a blood-thinning medicine she’s been stable on for the past eight years. Learn more about how insurance companies can hinder the doctor-patient relationship for chronic disease patients across the country. 

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Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob,” Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent  


Charla Penn, Health Care Policy Specialist, Principal at Winning Strategies Washington. 

Beth Waldron, Patient Advocate

Beth Steckler, Patient Correspondent


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