PCDC recently signed on to a letter led by Families USA addressed to the Biden-Harris Transition Team urging the incoming administration to prioritize health and health care immediately upon taking office and outlining key priorities. Over 320 diverse organizations joined PCDC in signing on, representing all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
The letter outlined four key priorities that Biden-Harris Administration should focus on in the first 100 days in office. These included strategies to address the COVID-19 pandemic, reduce health inequities, improve health care coverage, and reduce costs. These objectives align with PCDC’s mission and values and echo what PCDC and other experts have historically pointed to as crucial to health care reform. Specifically, the organizations implored the Administration to work with Congress to provide relief from the COVID-19 pandemic. To do this, the letter said, the Administration must bolster access to health coverage and care, while maximizing health system capacity. Key to decreasing cost, said the organizations, is enacting policies that move the health system towards incentivizing affordable, high-quality services centered on value rather than volume – something PCDC believes should be central in COVID-19 policy and beyond. Finally, the letter emphasized the need to “end racial injustice in health and health care, and ensure all individuals and families have equal opportunity to live a healthy life, free from health disparities and barriers to care.” PCDC is committed to fighting racism and building equity. Along with the other leading organizations who signed on to this letter, PCDC urges the incoming administration to confront health inequities as a priority in its first 100 days.
View the letter and list of signers here.