If adopted, the approach in this bill could reduce the number of uninsured people, because more people would find postsubsidy coverage affordable.
As HHS moves to release more aid, it will be important to continue to track what criteria are used in developing future allocations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has already taken a significant toll on families’ abilities to meet basic needs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light some limitations in our nation’s capacity to share and use health information.
Enhanced Medicaid Support for Out-of-Hospital Births Could Protect Moms and Babies and Reduce Hospital Strain
Keeping healthy people out of the hospital is a high priority as the nation attempts to reduce strain on hospital resources and minimize exposure to COVID-19.
Urban hospitals have so far been the hardest hit, but policymakers should consider rural hospitals' needs and target assistance to keep them open and equipped to serve their communities through this crisis.
Many People with Employer-Sponsored Insurance Would Face High Out-of-Pocket Costs for COVID-19 Treatment
These costs could create significant financial hardships—particularly among employees without paid sick leave who would already be losing wages while missing work to receive treatment.
Even Before the Coronavirus Outbreak, Hourly and Self-Employed Workers Were Struggling to Meet Basic Needs
Despite the nation being at the tail end of its longest economic expansion on record, many hourly and self-employed workers were already struggling to make ends meet before the outbreak.
Taking advantage of the flexibility permitted by program statutes will help people obtain, retain, and make optimal use of critical health coverage.