More insight on what happened in the states

November 13, 2020
We’re closing the week with another look at the impact of the state election results, as well as what you need to know during American Diabetes Month. Enjoy the weekend. (Around 650 words, 3 minutes, 15 seconds)
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We’re closing the week with another look at the impact of the state election results, as well as what you need to know during American Diabetes Month. Enjoy the weekend. (Around 650 words, 3 minutes, 15 seconds)

 

More insight on what happened in the states

 
 

We checked in with BIO’s State Government Affairs team for another update on what happened in the states.

The topline takeaway: Democrats did not rise to the expectations that had been set earlier in the cycle—and the presidential race results were distinct from state races, with many people across the country voting for Joe Biden while also voting for Republicans down the ticket.

Where things stand:

  • Governors: 27 Republicans, 23 Democrats, with one Republican pickup (in Montana)
  • State Legislatures: 31 Republican, 18 Democratic, with Republicans picking up the New Hampshire House and Senate and Alaska House

The states are very partisan, with one party holding a “trifecta” (both state legislatures + the Governor’s office) in 39 states (24 Republican, 15 Democratic). Only 11 states have divided government, and Minnesota is the only state with split control of the legislature.


 
State Government Trifectas - Courtesy BIO
 

What does this mean? It’s going to be easier for state legislatures in certain states to expedite bills without much public debate like we would have with a more formidable minority. 

What are key health care issues to watch? COVID-19 vaccine approval and allocation and vaccine hesitancy will be at the top of the list. Keep an eye out for drug pricing bills, as both Republicans and Democrats ran on messaging around doing something on drug pricing. Genetic data privacy is a new issue starting to get traction, too. 

Did you miss our previous state election coverage? Visit the Good Day BIO Archives.

Thanks to BIO’s Michael Piersall on the advocacy team for sharing insights.

 
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What you need to know about diabetes, health equity, and COVID-19

 
 

November is American Diabetes Month and tomorrow is World Diabetes Day. We’re taking a day to share important resources and explain what needs to be done to ensure the diabetes community gets the care they need—now, and after the pandemic.

34.2 million Americans (10.5% of the population), had diabetes in 2018—and 1.5 million more are diagnosed each year, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

It’s one of the most chronic conditions in school-age youth in the United States—affecting about 193,000 youth under age 20, according to NIH

And diabetes disproportionately affects Black Americans, who are 60% more likely to be diagnosed with the disease and spend two times as much on health care even though they earn half as much as whites. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it’s more important than ever to bring awareness to diabetes—because the disease is a risk factor for serious illness and death from COVID-19, and both diseases disproportionately affect people of color in America. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic and glaring examples of racial injustice are casting a bright light on an old problem in America,” says ADA. “Health inequity is obvious and widespread. It contributes to worse outcomes and higher risk for diabetes and many other diseases. And it undermines the wellbeing of our most underserved communities.” 

This month, ADA is taking action to call for expanded testing, zero-dollar co-pay caps, continuous health care coverage, and health equity—issues that are important to BIO, too. 

Visit the ADA’s COVID-19 Resource Center. 

Learn more about the diabetes R&D pipeline. Read BIO’s The State of Innovation in Highly Prevalent Chronic Diseases, Volume III: Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity Therapeutics

Learn more about what BIO’s doing to improve health equity. Visit www.bio.org/bioequality-agenda.

 

More Health Care News:

AP: UN: 870K measles cases in 2019, highest number in 23 years
“The number of children sickened by measles in 2019 was the highest in 23 years, according to new data published by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” 

Biopharma Dive: Pfizer, with vaccine results positive, readies plans to ship coronavirus shot
“Distribution would initially involve about a dozen trucks per day leaving a Pfizer plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as well as 20 planes taking flight daily around the world, a company spokesperson said.”

 
 
 
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President Trump’s Friday: He will receive an update on Operation Warp Speed at noon.

President-Elect Biden’s Friday: His COVID-19 task force is working on a plan to be ready “on Day 1” to distribute a vaccine.

What’s Happening on Capitol Hill: “Congress deadlocked on stimulus as lame duck begins,” says POLITICO.

 
 
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