As states loosen restrictions on stay-at-home orders, many are struggling to establish clear and consistent COVID-19 testing protocols to support individuals’ safe return to work and school and identify ways to pay for increased testing. Absent federal guidance, there is significant debate about who is responsible for funding testing – insurers argue a test must be medically necessary and employers […]
Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a proposed rule that would for the first time allow tax deductions for money spent for certain health care programs and arrangements, including direct primary care arrangements and health care sharing ministries.
The National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) define the core components of a comprehensive, coordinated, and family-centered system of care for CYSHCN.
On June 5, 2020, executive directors from 14 state-based insurance marketplaces (SBM) sent a letter to Congressional leaders voicing support for federal efforts to reinforce insurance markets during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Contact tracing, a strategy long-used to contain the spread of infectious diseases by identifying and isolating people exposed to an infection, has become a crucial state tool to curb COVID-19. But the pandemic requires significant ramping up of contact tracing capacity and funding. Experts estimate 30 contact tracers are needed for every 100,000 Americans – […]
Today, a coalition of 20 national organizations representing consumers, health care providers, and health plans sent a letter to Congressional leaders supporting a recent National Governors Association’s request that they increase federal matching funds for Medicaid by 12 percent.
As the COVID-19 public health emergency continues to destabilize the economy, more individuals are turning to their state Medicaid agencies for health coverage. To date, more than 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits in the past 10 weeks, and with job losses many individuals will inevitably lose employer-based health coverage. Current projections show […]
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued the final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) for 2021 — the annual rule governing health insurance plans and health insurance marketplaces. While the final rule contains several changes, it does not significantly alter automatic re-enrollment for individuals who purchase through the health insurance […]
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid epidemic has quietly raged on, requiring states to fight a costly, two-front war. While states have rallied to ensure that opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment remains accessible, organizational and workforce challenges persist and the resources and revenue needed to address them are rapidly changing. Gaps in treatment infrastructure and […]
Confronted with a shortage of test kits, rising COVID-19 cases, and pressure to reopen, many states are designing innovative contact tracing initiatives that use private and public health expertise, volunteers, and traditional phone calls to reach individuals who have been exposed to the coronavirus so they can self-isolate to stop the spread of infection.