States are experiencing a 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. The uninsured are sometimes the only consumers left paying the full list price for a drug, while the […]
Across the nation, states are taking steps during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect pregnant women and their infants during delivery. States, whose Medicaid programs cover nearly half of all births in the United States, recognize the importance of ensuring all pregnant women have safe and healthy deliveries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) […]
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) includes a Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefit of $600 a week, which supplements traditional unemployment insurance (UI) benefits and provides an important source of additional financial support for individuals who qualify for these payments. However, as highlighted in NASHP’s April 6, 2020 blog, Federal Guidance Needed to […]
Updated May 7, 2020 In the past two months, 35 states* 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. Under new federal rules, the states applied for Medicaid 1915(c) Appendix K waivers to make temporary or […]
COVID-19 has upended health care systems and states are revising health insurance rules to make sure consumers can maintain their health insurance coverage and access needed health care services during the pandemic. The chart below details recent state actions that: Limit consumer out-of-pocket costs for testing, treatment and out-of-network care; Facilitate access to and delivery […]
Governors can control costs, advance their priorities, and enhance lives by improving the social and economic conditions that make up 80 percent of the factors affecting their residents’ health. Governors are uniquely positioned to maximize state resources to address the conditions affecting health by leading cross-agency and public-private collaborations, leveraging siloed state resources, and advancing evidence-based health policy approaches.
In response to an increase in HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections in individuals with substance use disorders (SUD), including opioid use disorders (OUD), state policymakers are employing multifaceted strategies to address this syndemic, collaborating with public and private partners to prevent the spread of infectious disease and provide access to evidence-based treatment. This report […]
Billions of federal dollars have begun to flow to the nation’s hospitals to help them treat COVID-19 patients and withstand revenue losses due to delayed elective surgeries and other procedures. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act): Increases Medicare payments to hospitals for COVID-19 admissions by 20 percent; Permits the Centers for […]
States are turning to telehealth to minimize direct contact between patients, providers, and other staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. For opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment, this shift represents a significant departure from how these services have been historically delivered and requires rapid organizational changes.
As COVID-19 diagnoses grow, states are making rapid-fire adjustments so consumers can access the care they need. One key strategy has been promoting health insurance enrollment to protect consumers from potentially exorbitant medical bills. Recognizing more protection is needed, state insurance regulators are also making sure consumers maintain their coverage, find appropriate care, and are […]