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Monthly Archives: August 2020

Issue Brief Shows How COVID-19 Affects People by Race and Ethnicity

In a new issue brief, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) collects recent federal, state, and local research on COVID-19’s impact by race and ethnicity. Though the data remains incomplete, it confirms that COVID-19 is continuing to disproportionately impact Black, Hispanic, Asian American, American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN), and Asian and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHOPI) people.

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Newsletter Issue 21

Medicare Rights Advocacy Batch buy-in process implemented to improve Medicare Savings Program enrollment in New York State Thanks to advocacy by the Medicare Rights Center and others, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) has implemented the batch buy-in process, which […]

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Senate Democrats Ask Trump Administration to Ease Access to Health Care During the Pandemic

On August 7, a group of 26 Senators asked the Trump administration to ease access to health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), the letter urges immediate enrollment improvements to Medicare and to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) federally run marketplace. This includes establishing Special Enrollment Periods (SEP) that would help people more quickly connect with their coverage.

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Analysis Shows Millions More Uninsured Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

There is clear evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn are causing millions of Americans to lose not only their jobs but also their employment-based health insurance. What’s less well known is how many of these workers are remaining uninsured, and how many are shifting to other coverage—such as a spouse’s plan, Medicaid, or Medicare. Federal data on these changes will not be available until next year. In the interim, a new Families USA analysis seeks to partially fill this information gap.

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Commonwealth Fund Analyzes Medicare Flexibilities Granted During the Public Health Emergency

This week, the Commonwealth Fund released a report that summarizes and analyzes the over 200 temporary legislative and regulatory changes that have been made to Medicare in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. They also looked at the sub-regulatory guidance that the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released to interpret these rules and to provide additional flexibility to providers and Medicare plans.

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