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April 2020

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This brief estimates that in the four weeks leading up to April 11, 2020, as many as 18.4 million individuals in the United States may be at risk of losing their employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI) coverage, including policyholders and their dependents.

Commentary

This commentary discusses the unique risk for COVID-19 associated with homelessness.

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This commentary discusses the huge rise in the number of people without health insurance in the wake of mass layoffs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and are seeking strategies to protect them from high prescription drug prices.

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This commentary discusses the steps states are taking during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect pregnant women and their infants during delivery.

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This commentary discusses the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the potential eligibility challenges it creates for both individuals and states.

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This commentary discusses the states that have rapidly amended their Medicaid home- and community-based services for older adults and their family caregivers to ensure access to long-term services and supports during the COVID-19 crisis.

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This commentary discusses the 1115 waiver applications submitted by states that have the potential to safeguard access to care and increase support for children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This commentary discusses state employee health plans (SEHPs) and the rapid changes they are making to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This commentary highlights the critical need for PPE and infection control expertise at nursing homes.

Dataset

This chart details the amounts and required oversight of federal funds allocated to hospitals, providers, and states by three federal COVID-19 laws.

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This commentary discusses the need for states to be sound stewards of taxpayer dollars and why the need to do so now is particularly acute as states confront financial landscapes devastated by the pandemic.

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This brief provides an overview of Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Health Services Initiatives (HSIs) and identifies ways that states can leverage them as part of their targeted response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This Q&A responds to questions received regarding the April 9 Targeted Options for Increasing Medicaid Payments to Providers During COVID-19 Crisis Webinar and corresponding Toolkit.

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This brief addresses how Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) and states can individually and collectively play a role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dataset

This data set tracks which states are reporting case and mortality data by race and ethnicity data on a state, zip code, or community level.

Report

In this report, researchers estimate the fiscal impacts of several approaches for increasing federal Medicaid matching rates, providing state-level estimates for each approach.

Report

This report estimates the extent to which workers in industries most vulnerable to pandemic-related unemployment and their family members would be eligible for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or marketplace subsidies if workers lose their jobs.

Brief

This brief discusses the new established guidelines regarding placing COVID-19 related ads on social platforms.

Commentary

This commentary discusses the use of Telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic. It summarizes the federal legislation and guidance and discusses actions state departments of insurance can take to encourage greater access to telehealth services.

Webinar & Presentations

This webinar highlights funding opportunities and key provisions relevant to states included in the CARES Act. 

Commentary

This commentary discusses details of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law on March 27, 2020. It considers the policy implications and challenges for states, and discusses potential state measures to address these challenges.

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This Q&A provides a moment-in-time update in response to questions about the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Webinar & Presentations

This webinar discuses the impact of COVID-19 on Medicaid Managed Care Performance Incentives.

Commentary

This commentary looks in-depth at which states are regularly reporting data that helps shed light on the health equity issues of the COVID-19 crisis.

Report

This report assesses market trends in seven states—Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Texas, and Utah—through a review of insurer participation, premiums, and enrollment data and through structured interviews with health insurance brokers.

Commentary

This commentary examines state strategies for addressing barriers to telehealth for opioid use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This commentary examines state strategies to promote health insurance enrollment to protect consumers from potentially exorbitant medical bills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This commentary highlights the promise and challenge of telehealth tools, including unconventional uses of telehealth technology, scalability of interventions, the effect of patient preferences on behavior adoption, and the effect of patient demographics on adoption. 

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This commentary examines how Connecticut became one of the first states to put guardrails in place to guide how hospitals will use federal relief funds from the CARES Act.

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Valerie and her husband Christopher wanted to adopt two sons from foster care, both with challenging health conditions, but were not sure if they could afford the medical bills. Valerie learned both children were automatically covered by South Dakota Medicaid because of their time in foster care.

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April was born with sickle cell anemia, a genetic blood disorder that is deeply painful and must be managed with proper medication. Medicaid covered April’s treatment and her electric wheelchair, which empowers her in her new everyday life.

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This commentary includes a list of the unique special enrollment periods (SEPs) available in state-based marketplaces, including life-changing events, unexpected health plan changes, or enrollment in dental coverage.

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This commentary includes some of the options available to states to ensure that individuals with complex medical conditions and their families have access to necessary home- and community-based services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis through waiver and state plan amendment applications.

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This commentary includes examples of how states can address new needs, including housing, food, transportation, education, and employment, and how the CARES Act can support and amplify states' work to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and assist people with health-related social needs.

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This commentary discusses new federal and state laws that are making significant steps to eliminate consumer cost-sharing for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, diagnosis, and prevention.

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This commentary discusses the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) and how policymakers can make informed decisions about how best to target these resources.

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This commentary features recommended communication strategies and examples for how states can elevate coverage options and help ensure that more residents can access health insurance during these uncertain times.

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This commentary reviews the key indicators currently being tracked by states via their COVID-19 dashboards and also provides an overview of “best practices” states can consider when developing or modifying these same COVID-19 dashboards.

Brief

This brief includes communication examples to help states answer questions on how health insurance covers COVID-related testing and treatment, encourage consumers to enroll in coverage, and engage with providers to keep them informed.

Report , Webinar & Presentations

This webinar walks through tools states can use to increase payments to providers through both fee-for-service and Medicaid managed care, despite COVID-19 driven changes to utilization. An accompanying toolkit is included that identifies the immediately available tools for states.

Report

This report assesses the cost of Medicaid relative to private insurance in the health insurance landscape under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Commentary

This commentary discusses how states are mobilizing to meet the crushing health care demands resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This commentary discusses what states are doing as coronavirus hospitalizations and ICU bed demand surge across the country.

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This resource library provides key guidance, reference materials, and tools for states as they try to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on Medicaid populations.

Commentary

This commentary includes a list of state recommendations and restrictions on the dispensing chloroquine and hydoxychloroquine.

Commentary

This perspective discusses strategies state Medicaid and CHIP agencies can pursue as part of their emergency preparedness planning for, and response to, COVID-19.

Brief

This brief provides a template for states to inform residents of health insurance options during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This brief is a compilation of state marketplace communications examples during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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This brief is a compilation of communication examples from state departments and agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Webinar & Presentations

In this webinar, experts explore the key health care provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the implications for states.

Brief

This brief provides some answers about who is eligible to enroll in coverage as many seek new health coverage, or help paying for coverage, during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Report

This Special Enrollment Period (SEP) Reference Chart is a tool for those who are helping people enroll in health coverage through a special enrollment period.

Brief

This brief examines the strategies being implemented by states to combat opioid use disorder in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This brief examines the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that was signed into law to provide resources to help states address the effects of COVID-19.

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This Q&A examines what the Families First Coronavirus Response Act is doing to help states address the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This brief gives an overview of the multiple actions states are taking toward ensuring accessible coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and cross-agency collaboration. 

Commentary

This commentary reviews key information for states about the recent federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) increase and conditions states must meet to qualify for it.

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This commentary explains insurers' moves to extend coverage grace periods during the COVID-19 crisis.

Report

This report examines the kinds of health insurance unemployed workers have and how coverage patterns have shifted under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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