On his first days in office, President Joe Biden is expected to sign a flurry of executive actions, some of which will reverse decisions made by his predecessor, President Donald Trump. The first few Biden Administration executive orders will focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and addressing racial inequality.
Beyond the immediate actions reflected in the fact sheet, we anticipate additional healthcare executive orders on Jan. 28 for Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that take steps to strengthen Medicaid and initiate an open enrollment period under the ACA, as well as an order that rescinds the Mexico City policy and disavows the "Geneva Declaration" (a multilateral anti-abortion declaration signed by the Trump Administration).
Below are some of the initial actions announced that would affect health initiatives or regulations:
For more information about what to expect for healthcare policy under the Democratic-controlled government, see the Holland & Knight alert, "Healthcare Policy Outlook with a Democratic-Controlled Senate," Jan. 20, 2021.