CMS: We will lean on private sector to address costs, disparities

The federal government will increase its partnerships with private companies and community groups in 2022 to bridge health disparities and reduce costs for publicly-covered patients, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure said during the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on Tuesday.

"Our role with the private sector is really partnering and trying to align goals," Brooks-LaSure said, adding that companies like Walmart "absolutely" play a role in lowering drug costs for Medicare, Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program and the Affordable Care Act exchange customers.

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