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July 2020

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This report compares 2017 to 2018 changes in insurance coverage across three national surveys: The American Community Survey, Current Population Survey, and National Health Interview Survey. 

Webinar & Presentations

Two webinars on open enrollment period 2021 explore COVID-19 implications and effective strategies to consider as states design their outreach and education campaigns in a shifting health care environment.

Commentary

This commentary discusses how state Medicaid, children’s health insurance programs, and health insurance marketplaces prepare for an expected increase in demand due to COVID-19, an economic downturn and ensuing budget crises, and unpredictable federal relief efforts.

Commentary

This commentary discusses the decision to shift COVID-19 data reporting from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Department of Health and Human Services, and subsequent warnings from state officials.

Commentary

This commentary features a conversation with health leaders in Colorado about how their agencies partnered to support families with young children during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the challenges they faced. 

Commentary

In this podcast, Medicaid experts discuss how vision coherence is important for effective leadership.

Brief

This brief highlights how Nebraska’s Medicaid agency and its Division of Public Health partnered to share antibiotic prescribing information between Medicaid claims and evaluation and management codes to determine where targeted education and outreach efforts were needed.

Commentary

In this podcast, Medicaid experts share five tips for leaders to address today’s VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) challenges within their organizations.

Commentary

This commentary outlines how state legislative sessions took a hit this year from the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Commentary

This commentary outlines recent data that examines how difficult it will be to predict the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the uninsured rate.

Commentary

This commentary outlines some of the collaborative and successful strategies states are taking to protect and support individuals particularly at risk for homelessness.

Graphic

This map provides information on each state's contact tracing program model, workforce, lead agencies, funding, technology, and contact tracing process.

Commentary

This commentary provides updated interactive maps that explore the current status of all 50 states and the District of Columbia’s reporting of COVID-19 case and death data breakdowns by age, gender, race, ethnicity, and health care workers.

Commentary

This commentary considers five frequently heard worst-case scenarios related to the Affordable Care Act and provides research evidence that these fears did not come to pass.

Report

This report uses data to examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected food insecurity and access to school meals and charitable food distribution for adults and their families in the United States.

Report

This report uses a microsimulation model to incorporates data on employment losses by industry, state, and demographic characteristics, allowing researchers to simulate employment losses and associated health insurance coverage.

Webinar & Presentations

This webinar highlighted how states should adapt their strategies during COVID-19 as they plan their open enrollment outreach and education campaigns, and how to ground these efforts in terms of audience targeting and messaging.

Commentary

This commentary features an interview on how health care systems can use trauma-informed care to support patients and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commentary

This commentary reviews how various states are addressing their home visiting programs and implementing more telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Graphic

This chart describes each state’s dates for phased COVID-19 reopenings and any delays or reclosings resulting from the recent resurgence of infections, and indicates which states currently have statewide mask requirements.

Webinar & Presentations

In this webinar, experts present key findings from a new COVID-19 state resource guide on federal and state Medicaid flexibilities and how they are being deployed to help ensure access to long-term services and supports.

Commentary

This commentary examines approaches states are taking to protect farmworkers during the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations for policymakers.

Report

This report uses new data from the first wave of the Urban Institute’s Coronavirus Tracking Survey to examine health care affordability problems and avoidance of care due to concerns about exposure to COVID-19.

Report

This report provides the first nationally representative estimates of changes in coverage during the initial months of the recession induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Report

This report outlines six key steps for governors to build and support a contact tracing workforce to respond to COVID-19.

Commentary

This commentary examines the launch of a New Jersey-based Project ECHO initiative to share COVID-19 expertise between specialists and primary care to meet the needs of pregnant and parenting women during the crisis.

Commentary

This commentary provides an overview of the state of COVID-19 testing in the United States.

Commentary

This commentary revisits the history of certificate-of-need and state health planning efforts to inform future decisions as hospitals and state policymakers plan for a post-COVID-19 health care system.

Commentary

This commentary presents stories of innovative approaches to address food insecurity needs exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commentary

This commentary presents data on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting “deaths of despair” caused by suicides, alcohol abuse, and overdoses from opioids and other drugs. 

Journal Article

This journal article focuses on how state-level Medicaid program flexibility and emergency waivers can expand Medicaid financial eligibility for long-term supports and services for at-risk individuals.

Commentary

This commentary provides a snapshot of how states are navigating fiscal challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, given declining revenues and rising spending demands.

Report

This report examines insurer responses to the COVID-19 pandemic to assess the effect the pandemic has had on their companies as well as actions they have taken to aid in the pandemic response.

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