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The COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in around 1 million deaths in the United States and an unknown number of survivors with new chronic problems from protracted COVID, has also brought reforms to the US health-care system, making it more accessible and inexpensive for many. Yet, in areas like tele - health, universal coverage for COVID-19–related treatment, Medicaid enrollment maintenance, and more inexpensive Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace insurance plan prices, many of these reforms have already expired or might be reversed soon. This study looks at the extraordinary measures taken during the pandemic to make health care more accessible and inexpensive to the general public. Most of these adjustments, unfortunately, are unlikely to continue. These actions increased government spending, and with high inflation and much of the country psychologically, if not physically, ready to move on from the pandemic, the political will to continue funding is dwindling. If and when the pandemic-era improvements to enhance health care access and affordability are reversed, it will be a shock to people and the system.
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