Healthcare Preview for the week of: March 21, 2022 - McDermott+Consulting

Healthcare Preview for the week of: March 21, 2022

Ketanji Brown Jackson in the Spotlight

Confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson will begin this week. The nomination hearings will take most of the oxygen in Washington, DC this week. It appears that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will pass through the nomination hearings unscathed and perhaps receive one or two Republican votes on final confirmation. The hearings are a reminder that the judicial branch has consequential impacts on the healthcare space. While the recent Supreme Court cases focusing on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are most notable, the courts impact the day-to-day function of the regulatory process in health care.

The President’s FY 2023 Budget Request Coming Next Week. It has been reported that the White House will release its FY 2023 budget requests on Monday, March 28th. The budget will outline the administration’s policy priorities for the year ahead. Policies that can be implemented without Congressional action should be given particular attention as the White House believes these can be enacted through regulation or executive action. As always, it is important to keep in mind that the President’s budget is always aspirational and not requirements for Congressional authorizers and appropriators.

The Affordable Care Act turns twelve this week! The ACA was signed into law on March 23, 2010. You may see birthday celebrations throughout the week honoring the law’s enactment/birth date. Join Debbie Curtis and Rodney Whitlock on the Health Policy Breakroom Podcast this week as they look back on this significance and “The Care and Feeding of the ACA.”

This week has the potential to be a historic moment for our nation during the Senate’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Debbie Curtis and Rodney Whitlock dive into the important role the Supreme Court has historically played in the US healthcare system.