Congress authorized $100 billion to reimburse health care providers for losses linked to the pandemic, but much of that money has gone for Medicare patients, with low-income families left behind.
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate ballooned to 6% in March, with 76,000 people out of work in the Pittsburgh metro area alone as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the country, according to the state Bureau of Labor Statistics. If that weren’t enough, time may be running out for those furloughed to get the best deals on health insurance. For some, a 60-day window that starts the date their previous coverage stopped, may be closing to shop for Obamacare, advocates say.
The health plans, available to gig workers and the self-employed, are seeing an "influx of enrollment," one expert says.
The vast majority of Americans support expanding Medicaid so low- and moderate-income individuals can have access to health care coverage, a new poll has shown.
In response to the need to increase access to testing during the COVID-19 pandemic, recent federal legislation, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act,1 amended by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act,2 creates a new optional Medicaid eligibility pathway, with 100% federal matching funds, for states to cover coronavirus testing and testing-related services for uninsured individuals. This new option is available from March 18, 2020 through the end of the public health emergency period. The HHS Secretary declared COVID-19 a nationwide public health emergency on January 31, 2020, retroactive to January 27, 2020.
Health insurers are preparing for an influx of Americans to enroll in Obamacare and private Medicaid as Americans lose their jobs and employer health benefits.
Congress needs to step up and do more to support Medicaid in any upcoming legislative effort to combat the pandemic, writes Ron Wyden, a United States senator from Oregon.
As the global coronavirus outbreak and its economic fallout tighten their grip on the United States, all signs point to a spike in demand for Medicaid, the health care program for low-income Americans that is jointly funded by states and the federal government.
Supporters of Medicaid work requirements are building their defenses as the coronavirus takes its toll on the economy, even though such rules have consistently failed to survive in court. Four states now have seen their requirements that Medicaid enrollees find work struck down, Bloomberg Law data show. Several states have voluntarily dropped or suspended requirements. Utah is the only state that’s suspended its rules because of the pandemic.
Newly uninsured individuals may be eligible for a plan through the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov. Others may have low enough family incomes to qualify for Medicaid.
Democrats are considering a new strategy to win over Obamacare holdouts in the states: generous enticements to expand Medicaid in the next coronavirus rescue package.
Most working-age Americans get their health insurance through their employer. Which means a job loss during the coronavirus pandemic could mean losing your health insurance.
President Donald Trump said he wouldn’t touch Medicare before pitching a budget plan that would do exactly that, along with steep cuts to Medicaid. Democrats are calling it “savage” and “heartless,” while administration officials are insisting they are only slowing explosive growth in future years and that current Medicare benefits would remain untouched.
Southern U.S. states that expanded Medicaid “experienced lower rates of physical and mental health declines” than nearby regions that didn’t expand health benefits for poor Americans, a new analysis shows in Health Affairs shows.
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If the recent district court ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional were to be upheld, far more than the law’s most high-profile provisions would be at stake.
A new federal law will give patients more information about prices and fees when paying a doctor's visit.
Despite legal challenges at the state and federal level, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is moving ahead with a citizen-directed Medicaid expansion effort.
The number of people now enrolled in Medicaid thanks to its expansion in Virginia has hit another milestone with more than 200,000 people now enrolled.
What to know as you consider the many options.