On April 20, 2020, we had the opportunity to speak with Monica Popp, founding partner of Marshall & Popp, about policy changes during the COVID-19 pandemic that impact patients.
Monica Popp is one of Washington’s top strategists with over 15 years of policy experience in the US Senate and House of Representatives, US Department of Health & Human Services, and the federal offices of former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL). Monica specializes in health policy but has worked extensively on a wide range of bipartisan legislative accomplishments as a senior Republican aide.
These are the questions we asked:
- What actions has Congress has taken to respond to the COVID-19 crisis?
- What can you tell us about telemedicine?
- Which of these actions has the most potential to impact or benefit lung cancer patients? (minutes 5:29-7:12)
- What about mental health care?
- How is the current political climate impacting these decisions? What are some of the current interests or concerns of policy makers?
- What do you expect to see in the fourth stimulus package and when do you expect we will see that?
- What COVID-related changes will remain in place after the pandemic is over?
- Have there been more discussions around oral parity?
- What has the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or other health agencies been doing in response to COVID-19 to help patients?
- LUNGevity has participated in coalition letters to Congress and HHS. Are there actions that individual patients and caregivers can/should take?