More Americans have health insurance than ever before, a year after passage of the American Rescue Plan, a COVID-19 stimulus measure that extended subsidies for those insured under the Affordable Care Act. Congress passed a law to continue these subsidies for another three years and allow the federal government to negotiate with drugmakers to lower the prices Medicare pays for certain medications. Meanwhile, the Biden administration continues to fight lingering COVID outbreaks and address long-standing issues in health care, and a spate of monkeypox cases posed a challenge for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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