The name of the game on Capitol Hill is still the next COVID bill, which is being negotiated now that Congress is back from recess (having returned on Monday, July 20). It is expected that legislation will be enacted before Congress adjourns in two or three weeks for its August recess, a great motivator, especially in an election year when the time is needed for campaigning. One big health issue is whether the legislation will include an additional increase in the federal Medicaid matching rate. Speaking of Medicaid, July 30 is the program’s 55 th birthday, and July 26 is the 30 th birthday of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There are several virtual events to acknowledge this ADA milestone, listed in the “Upcoming Webinars and Calls” section at the end of this Update.

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