A review of 404 studies finds that Medicaid expansion is associated with increases in health insurance coverage, improvements in access to and affordability of care, reductions in uncompensated care costs and improvements in self-reported health status and certain health outcomes.
Some providers are seeing increased utilization and costs related to testing and treatment of patients for COVID-19, while others face revenue losses as utilization has declined for non-urgent care. At the same time, early coronavirus relief money for providers has been distributed by the federal government according to formulas that prioritized recipients that rely heavily on Medicare fee-for-service revenue.
As people lose jobs and income due to the COVID-19 crisis, a growing number will become eligible for Medicaid. We examine the range of actions states can take to expand Medicaid eligibility and make it easier for people to enroll via existing state options and waivers.
Information on approved Medicaid emergency authorities to address the COVID-19 Coronavirus emergency. We include details on Medicaid Disaster Relief State Plan Amendments (SPAs), other Medicaid and CHIP SPAs, and other state-reported administrative actions; Section 1115 Waivers; Section 1135 Waivers; and 1915 (c) Waiver Appendix K strategies.
States are taking aggressive action to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus and prepare their health care systems for dealing with those who become ill with COVID-19, the disease the virus causes. This tool features state-level data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, state policy actions, and data about health coverage and provider capacity within each state.
Low-wage workers tend to work in service industries — such as the restaurant, hospitality and retail sectors – that are especially at risk for loss of income during the COVID-19 pandemic, or in jobs such as health care workers, grocery store workers and delivery drivers, where they may continue to work but face a higher risk of contracting the disease
The nation’s 4.5 million long-term care workers are disproportionately low wage employees, they tend to have direct and frequent contact with patients, and many are middle-aged or older. That makes them a group that is at higher risk of coronavirus infection and generally less suited to weather the financial and physical trials of getting sick. We look at the key characteristics of the people who make up this workforce.
After a sharp spike in 2014 due to specialty drug costs and ACA coverage expansion, Medicaid drug spending growth has slowed. However, state policymakers remain concerned and Medicaid prescription drug spending is expected to grow in future years. Policymakers’ actions to control drug spending have implications for beneficiaries’ access to needed prescription drugs.
Most (62%) of the 22 million adults with Medicaid coverage in the U.S. who are not eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, and who do not receive federal disability payments, are already working full- or part-time. We highlight data related to the work status and financial security of Medicaid adults prior to the coronavirus pandemic as well as findings from focus groups conducted with Medicaid enrollees in January 2020.