Everything You Need to Know About the Massive Health Reform Law That Just Passed Congress
“Cures” has been a long time coming. It’s the biggest health reform legislation passed by Congress since Obamacare and has galvanized a similarly motley crew of industries and lobbying outfits—including big pharma (the legislation’s most ardent proponent), there patient advocacy groups, mental health organizations, and medical researchers—who fought for its passage over the last three years. The approximately $6.8 billion bill will fund major federal initiatives like Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot program and the Obama administration’s Precision Medicine Initiative. It will also appropriate money for fighting the opioid epidemic and assist mental health patients who are in crisis and need a psychiatric bed.