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March 2020

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Commentary

The federal government has offered Medicaid waivers to give states flexibility to quickly increase their health care workforces in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Report

This resource provides a six-step framework for healthcare organizations to improve minority health and foster equity.

Report

This brief examines the effect of a recently announced federal program allowing states to apply for Medicaid block grants or per capita caps in exchange for new flexibility to limit enrollment and benefits.

Commentary

This blog posts pulls together frequently asked questions about the novel coronavirus to help guide Navigators, brokers, assisters, and consumers through this complex and trying time.

Dataset

The 2020 County Health Rankings highlight how health outcomes and health factors differ by place within states and illustrates how health differs among racial/ethnic groups within places.

Report

This report assesses the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of adult food preparation and food service occupations and provides state-level estimates of their numbers and uninsured rates before the outbreak. 

Report

This report examines the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and its implications for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Commentary

This post presents two sample hospital reporting templates to help policymakers capture the information they need to critically evaluate the community benefit investments hospitals make in exchange for their tax exemptions.

Report

03.2020 / By Urban Institute

This report presents presents estimates of the number of occupied versus unoccupied beds at the national, state, and county levels, using data from the 2018 American Hospital Association Annual Survey.

Commentary

This podcast discusses the many ways that states are working to address the challenges surrounding maternal and infant mortality, specifically the significant disparity experienced by black women,

Commentary

This blog post discusses the challenges and risks associated with implementing cost-sharing requirements for COVID-19 testing and treatment, and the implications that these requirements may have in individuals delaying or avoiding care altogether.

Report

This report describes select policy and strategy levers that Medicaid agencies can employ to improve maternal health outcomes and address outcome disparities in five areas: coverage, enrollment, benefits, models of care, and quality improvement.

Report

In this report, researchers reviewed laws and interviewed state officials and insurers in six states—California, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas—to determine current policies and best practices to protect patients from disruptions in services and financial burdens as a result of disputes between providers and payers.

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This FAQ answers questions about whom the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge rule will impact, what benefits are implicated by the rule, and how the rule might be administered.

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