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.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced access to children’s preventive care across the country, with some providers reporting a 70 to 80 percent decrease in well-child visits, and far fewer children receiving vital in-person services, such as immunizations. Some primary care practices also have limited their services or shut down to comply with mandatory social distancing […]
As COVID-19 cases continue to climb, access to health insurance remains critical as consumers continue to need access to health care services, including those to prevent and treat COVID-19. However, prior to the outbreak, 28 million Americans were uninsured, which is projected to increase by over 7.3 million as individuals lose jobs and employer-sponsored health […]
State employee health plans (SEHPs), which provide health coverage for millions of public employees, their dependents, and some retirees, are making rapid changes to address the COVID-19 pandemic. This retooling of insurance plans must meet emerging federal requirements and ensure that coverage meets enrollees’ needs while managing costs and anticipating budget constraints. During a recent […]
More than a dozen states have recently submitted 1115 waiver applications that have the potential to safeguard access to care and increase support for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. If approved, these 1115 waivers would be retroactively to March 1, 2020, and expire “no later than 60 days after the end of the public health […]