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Finding Policy Responses to Rising Intimate Partner Violence during the Coronavirus Outbreak

During COVID-19, incidence and risk of intimate partner violence (IPV) has increased. This post describes some policy options to support IPV survivors and providers.

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State Efforts to Expand Medicaid Coverage & Access to Telehealth in Response to COVID-19

To increase health care accessibility and limit risk of exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic, all fifty states and DC are expanding telehealth access for Medicaid beneficiaries. This issue brief highlights recently released federal guidance to assist Medicaid programs in developing telehealth policies in response to the COVID-19, discusses trends in state Medicaid activity to expand coverage and access to telehealth, and highlights state and federal activity support provider infrastructure and patient access to telehealth.

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States Expect Medicaid Enrollment and Spending to Increase by Over 8 Percent Each in FY 2021, Primarily Driven By a Slumping Economy and Federal Conditions to Maintain Eligibility to Access Enhanced Federal Medicaid Funds

Following several years of declining or flat enrollment growth, states expect Medicaid enrollment and spending each to jump by more than 8 percent in fiscal year 2021, chiefly due to a slumping economy amid the pandemic and federal conditions to maintain coverage to access enhanced federal matching funds, according to…

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How OBGYNs Adapted Provision of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

From a nationally representative sample of 855 office-based U.S. OBGYNs, this brief shows how OBGYNs have adapted their provision of sexual and reproductive health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many OBGYNs have rapidly adopted telehealth, but not without challenges.

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FAQs on Medicare Coverage of Telehealth

These FAQs provide answers to questions about Medicare’s current coverage of telehealth, changes made at the outset of the public health emergency, additional changes adopted by Congress and the Administration, and some of the policy considerations that lie ahead.

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Opportunities and Barriers for Telemedicine in the U.S. During the COVID-19 Emergency and Beyond

This brief analyzes the changes to telehealth regulation and implementation made by the federal government, state governments and health systems in response to the COVID-19 emergency. We outline key changes to telemedicine coverage, for Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers.

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Telemedicine in Sexual and Reproductive Health

This brief presents an overview of telemedicine’s current use in sexual and reproductive health care, and reviews considerations in its coverage, potential to improve access, and financial implications for providers and patients.

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Medication Abortion and Telemedicine: Innovations and Barriers During the COVID-19 Emergency

This post looks at a new contactless method of providing medication abortions and now this can be and has been used in response to the pandemic. The post also examines state policies that act as barriers to implementing these new protocols.

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Novel Coronavirus “COVID-19”: Special Considerations for Pregnant Women

With over 6 million pregnancies per year in the U.S., pregnant and breastfeeding women constitute a significant portion of the population that could be impacted by COVID-19. This brief summarizes what is known thus far about pregnancy and COVID-19.

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Possibilities and Limits of Telehealth for Older Adults During the COVID-19 Emergency

Medicare has lifted several restrictions on who can receive telehealth and the types of services they can receive via telehealth during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This post discusses the possibilities and limits of telehealth for older adults, based on findings from the latest KFF Health Tracking Poll.

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