The Uncertain Future of Policies to Promote Access and Affordability Put in Place During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this column for the JAMA Health Forum, Larry Levitt highlights four changes implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic that helped to make health care more accessible and affordable and the prospects for those changes to telehealth, COVID-19 coverage, Medicaid and marketplace premiums continuing beyond the pandemic’s end.

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How Can We Put COVID Behind Us Without Guaranteed Paid Sick Leave?

KHN’s Céline Gounder and KFF’s Mollyann Brodie look at the challenges in returning to normal life after the COVID-19 pandemic when many Americans, particularly people of color and workers with low incomes, do not have paid sick leave.

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Tracking The Pandemic’s Effects On Health Outcomes, Costs, And Access To Care

This Health Affairs Grantwatch article summarizes findings from several KFF-Peterson Health System Tracker analyses with an emphasis on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact through 2021 and a look ahead toward 2022.

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Surprise Medical Bills are Ending, But Controversy Continues

In this column for the JAMA Health Forum, Larry Levitt examines how the No Surprises Act that prohibits unexpected out-of-network charges for patients could lead to lower payment rates and revenues for some doctors and other care providers.

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A Federal Covid Testing Plan Finally Ramps Up. Strings Are Attached.

In this commentary for Barron’s, Cynthia Cox and Lindsey Dawson examine the cost and availability of at-home COVID-19 tests and how the new Biden administration policy requiring private insurances to cover their costs may work. 

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Mixed Prospects for Vaccinating Children

In this Axios column, Drew Altman examines the data about what parents say they will do once their children ages 5-11 become eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, and why it will take some time and a concerted outreach effort to match adult vaccination rates.

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