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Brian Blase Quoted in Axios

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Brian Blase, Ph.D., is the President of Paragon Health Institute. Brian was Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House’s National Economic Council (NEC) from 2017-2019, where he coordinated the development and execution of numerous health policies and advised the President, NEC director, and senior officials. After leaving the White House, Brian founded Blase Policy Strategies and serves as its CEO.

On August 23, 2023, Paragon President Brian Blase was quoted in an Axios article titled “Think tanks draft plans for a GOP president.”

From the Article:

What’s happening: Paragon Health, as well as the Heritage Foundation and America First Policy Institute, are the primary conservative think tanks now drafting health regulations, policy road maps and recruiting personnel. 

Paragon’s road map envisions a burst of rulemaking mostly through the Department of Health and Human Services.

Some resurfaced policies would aim for more transparency in Medicaid financing, like the controversial 2019 fiscal accountability proposal that was later pulled, and build on the Trump-era price transparency rules. 

Blase worked on four major health regulations while at the White House’s National Economic Council and notes that three are still in effect: price transparency rules, individual coverage HRAs and short-term insurance. 

The fourth — association health plans that would have allowed small businesses to band together to set up insurance outside of Affordable Care Act requirements — was blocked in court.

“I think you learn from those experiences and try to craft the policy that tries to address the legal concerns,” he said.

The full article can be found in Axios.

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