This event was Part I of the Alliance’s Health Policy Roundup and 2022 Forecast series.

The year 2021 was packed with executive, legislative, and judicial branch activities—including infrastructure bills, reconciliation packages, a Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, as well as continued executive actions to combat COVID-19 as the U.S. enters winter and the Omicron variant pushes our health system back into crisis.

This event explored health policy milestones from the past year and their potential impact on 2022. Panelists offered a high-level analysis of the policies that Congress and the administration have pursued to date, potential implementation opportunities and challenges, as well as current health-related court cases.


  • Jennifer B. Alton, MPP, President, Pathway Policy Group
  • Yvette Fontenot, MPP, Partner, Avenue Solutions
  • Katie Keith, J.D., MPH, Director, Health Policy and the Law Initiative, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Cindy Mann, J.D., Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Rodney L. Whitlock, Ph.D., Vice President, McDermott+Consulting
  • Rachana Pradhan, National Correspondent, Kaiser Health News (moderator)

This event was made possible with support from the Commonwealth Fund.

Event Resources

Key Resources

(listed chronologically, beginning with the most recent)

“Fixing the Family Glitch and Other Priorities.” Keith, K. The Commonwealth Fund. January 11, 2022. Available here.

“Prescription Drug Policy, 2021 and 2022: The Year in Review, and the Year Ahead.” Sachs, R. Health Affairs. January 7, 2022. Available here.

“2022 Congressional Outlook and Top 10 Federal Health Policy Issues to Watch.” Franco, M., Bradner, R., Hawke, L., et al. Holland & Knight. January 6, 2022. Available here.

“2022 Health Policy Outlook.” McDermott+ Consulting. 2022. Available here.

“Health Care in 2021: A Year of Pandemic Losses and Life-Saving Vaccines, Support for the ACA, and a Deadly Uptick in Overdoses.” Blumenthal, D., Seervai, S. The Commonwealth Fund. December 20, 2021. Available here.

“Potential Costs and Impact of Health Provisions in the Build Back Better Act.” Cox, C., Rudowitz, R., Cubanski, J., et al. Kaiser Family Foundation. November 23, 2021. Available here.

“Three Major Policy Shifts in the 2022 Healthcare Regulatory Environment.” The Keckley Report. October 25, 2021. Available here.

“The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Potential Impact on Healthcare Spending.” The National Law Review. August 24, 2021. Available here.

“Senate Infrastructure Bill Has Both Direct, Indirect Impact on U.S. Health Care System, Leavitt Partners Analysis Shows.” Allen, K. Health Management Associates. August 12, 2021. Available here.

Additional Resources

(listed chronologically, beginning with the most recent)

“Fulfilling the Promise of the No Surprises Act.” Mitchell, E., Isasi, F. The Hill. January 3, 2022. Available here.

“What’s Ahead for ‘Build Back Better’: 4 Scenarios.” E&E Daily. January 1, 2022. Available here.

“Top Health Law Cases to Watch in 2022.” Reuters. December 30, 2021. Available here.

“Guidance for the Interim Final Rule- Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination.” CMS. December 8, 2021. Available here.

“2022 Forecast: 7 Predictions for What Lies Ahead for Health Equity.” Gliadkovskaya, A. Fierce Healthcare. December 22, 2021. Available here.

“Fact Sheet: President Biden Announces New Actions to Protect Americans and Help Communities and Hospitals Battle Omicron.” The White House. December 21, 2021. Available here.

“No Surprises Act Implementation: What to Expect in 2022.” Kaiser Family Foundation. December 10, 2021. Available here.

“Podcast: A Year in Health Policy Review.” Health Affairs. December 10, 2021. Available here.

“10 Things You Didn’t Know are in the Democrats’ Build Back Better Bill.” CNN. December 8, 2021. Available here.

“The Proposed Cures 2.0 Act- What You Can Expect.” JD Supra. December 7, 2021. Available here.

“Fact Sheet: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.” The White House. November 6, 2021. Available here.

“2022 and Beyond: What this Benefits Attorney Expects from the New Healthcare Laws.” Employee Benefit News. November 3, 2021. Available here.

“The Health-Related Provisions of the Revised BBB Plan.” American Enterprise Institute. November 1, 2021. Available here.

“5 Supreme Court Cases to Watch in the 2021-22 Term.” The Heritage Foundation. September 28, 2021. Available here.

“Pandemic-Related Provisions Expiring in the 117th Congress.” Congressional Research Service. May 25, 2021. Available here.

“American Rescue Plan Act Funding Breakdown.” National Association of Counties. April 12, 2021. Available here.

“American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.” National Conference of State Legislatures. March 9, 2021. Available here.

“Key Provisions in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.” American Hospital Association. 2021. Available here.




Jennifer B. Alton, MPP
Pathway Policy Group, President

Yvette Fontenot, MPP
Avenue Solutions, Partner

Katie Keith, J.D., MPH
Health Policy and the Law Initiative, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Director

Cindy Mann, J.D.
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Partner

Rodney L. Whitlock, J.D.
McDermott+Consulting, Vice President

Rachana Pradham (moderator)
Kaiser Health News, National Correspondent

Experts and Analysts

Jack Hoadley, Ph.D., M.A.
Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, Research Professor Emeritus

Sonja Nesbit, MPA
FTI Consulting, Managing Director

Ipsita Smolinski, MBA, MPH
Capitol Street, Founder and Managing Director

Nicholas Uehlecke
Todd Strategy Group, Principal

Kristin Welsh
Welsh Rose, LLC, Founding Partner


Jennifer Boulanger, MPP
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Legislation, Deputy Director

Carrie H. Colla, Ph.D., M.A.
Congressional Budget Office, Director of Health Analysis

John Dicken, MPA
U.S. Government Accountability Office, Director of Health Care

Melanie Egorin, Ph.D., M.A.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Legislation


Marilyn Bartlett, CPA, CMA, CFM, CGMA
National Academy for State Health Policy, Senior Policy Fellow

Eliot Fishman, Ph.D.
Families USA, Senior Director of Health Policy

Joshua Gordon, Ph.D.
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Director of Health Policy

Liz Hamel
KFF, Vice President and Director of Public Opinion and Survey Research

Mark Hamelburg
America’s Health Insurance Plans, Senior Vice President of Federal Programs

Pamela Roberto, Pharm.D, Ph.D., MPP
PhRMA, Vice President of Policy and Research



This is an unedited transcript.