Priorities pile up for HHS, FDA, CMS, NIH, and other health agencies

WASHINGTON — The nation’s health agencies already have a long to-do list for 2023.

Top officials have promised reforms in the food, drug, and public health departments as frustrations mount over the federal response to Covid-19 and last year’s widespread baby formula shortages. Biden administration appointees are racing to fix pandemic-exposed cracks in the systems for mental health care, addiction treatment, and health coverage, even as millions of people are likely to be kicked out of Medicaid, the federal program serving low-income people with few resources. There’s still no one leading the National Institutes of Health.

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