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Rodney Whitlock, PhD, is a Vice President at McDermott+Consulting. With nearly 25 years of experience, Rodney possesses and offers clients the kind of knowledge that is uniquely available to those who have drafted and advanced legislation. He strategically guides clients through dense Medicare and Medicaid issues that have significant business impact.Read Rodney's full bio.

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Key Healthcare Provisions


By and on Apr 7, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Labor, Privacy and Data Security, Retirement Plans

On March 10, 2021, US Congress finalized and passed the American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARPA), the latest COVID-19 relief package that largely tracks President Joe Biden’s initial $1.9 trillion proposal. The ARPA extends unemployment insurance benefits and provides direct $1,400 stimulus payments to qualifying Americans, but it also makes several important health policy-related changes....

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Senate Rules Could Pose Hurdles for Vaccine Funds


By on Feb 18, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans

Progressive Democrats in the US Senate are hoping to use a streamlined process that needs just 50 votes to approve a COVID-19 relief package that includes billions in new funding for vaccines and other supplies. But some experts are already casting doubt on that plan. STAT spoke with nine current and former congressional staffers and...

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7 Ways President Biden Could Now Change Healthcare


By on Jan 27, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

The Democrats have control of all three levers of power—the Senate, the House and the presidency—for the first time since the early years of the Obama administration. How will President Biden use this new concentration of power to shape healthcare policy? A recent article in Medscape outlined seven key healthcare actions that Biden could pursue,...

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Healthcare Briefing: Georgia Races to Shape Biden Health Policy


By on Jan 8, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

This week’s runoff elections in Georgia could help President-elect Joe Biden quickly confirm his cabinet and begin in earnest on his healthcare agenda. However, it won’t mean that Democrats will be able to easily make good on their promises to expand on Obamacare, send more funds to states to fight the pandemic or lower the...

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