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Employers Strengthen Paid Leave Benefits During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Findings from the 2021 KFF Employer Health Benefits Survey

Some employers announced changes to their paid leave policies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure more workers have access to paid leave and to reduce the risk of workers coming to work sick. This data note presents findings from the 2021 KFF Employer Health Benefits Survey on the share of workers who are employed by firms that began offering paid leave benefits or expanded their existing benefits since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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Public Health Infrastructure and Pandemic Preparedness Provisions in the Build Back Better Act

This brief summarizes funding for public health infrastructure as well as pandemic preparedness as specified in the Build Back Better Act introduced in the House.

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Federal Policy May Temporarily Close the Coverage Gap, But Long-term Coverage May Fall Back to States

Recent policy attention has focused on closing the coverage gap for roughly 2.2 million individuals living in the 12 states that have not adopted Medicaid expansion included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These individuals do not qualify for Medicaid and have incomes below poverty, making them ineligible for premium subsidies in the…

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Voices of Paid and Family Caregivers for Medicaid Enrollees Receiving HCBS

To help inform the ongoing debate, KFF conducted four focus groups in July and August 2021 with direct care workers and unpaid caregivers who provide HCBS, assisting seniors and people with disabilities with daily self-care and household activities. These focus groups are not necessarily generalizable to all caregivers, but can provide insight into their experiences to help inform current policy debates.

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Recent Efforts to Extend Medicaid Postpartum Coverage and What to Watch Looking Ahead

This policy watch examines recent state and federal efforts to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage beyond 60 days.

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Universal Paid Family and Medical Leave Under Consideration in Congress

The House of Representatives is considering a provision of the Build Back Better Act that would create a universal paid family and medical leave program. This post takes a look at this proposal, key policy questions, and what it could mean for women and families.

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