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More Employers Are Paying For Telemedicine, But Enrollee Take-Up Has Been Relatively Low

Telemedicine has been seen as a way to possibly improve access to care while also lowering costs. New analysis available on the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker finds that the share of large employers offering health plans that cover telemedicine has increased significantly over the last three years.

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Use of Telemedicine for Sexual and Reproductive Health is Low – Despite Potential to Improve Access to Care

New KFF analysis outlines the growing use of telemedicine for contraception, abortion and STI care, including a discussion of insurance coverage of telemedicine services, the financial implications for providers and patients, and its potential to improve access to reproductive health care across the United States. 

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Analysis: Many Private Insurers Offer Financial Relief for COVID-19 Treatment, but Cost-Sharing Waivers Are Expiring

A new analysis finds that most people with individual or fully-insured group market coverage are in plans that waived cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment, though many of those waivers are set to expire in the coming months. About 88% – nearly nine in ten – enrollees in the individual and fully-insured…

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State Medicaid Programs Respond to Meet COVID-19 Challenges: Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for State Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021

This report provides an in-depth examination of the changes taking place in Medicaid programs across the country. The findings are drawn from the 20th annual budget survey of Medicaid officials in all 50 states and the District of Columbia conducted by KFF and Health Management Associates (HMA), in collaboration with the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD). This report focuses on Medicaid policy changes planned for FY 2021, particularly those related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A Look at Online Platforms for Contraceptive and STI Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

There has been a proliferation of online services in recent years that seek to offer individuals that cannot make it to a clinic or do not have an established source of care access to some contraceptive methods and STI testing through a telemedicine platform, usually a website or a smartphone application. This data note provides an overview of options available for the online management of sexual and reproductive health services during the coronavirus pandemic and discusses the opportunities and limitations of these platforms in terms of availability and cost.

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FAQs on Medicare Coverage and Costs Related to COVID-19 Testing and Treatment

These FAQs provide the latest guidance on testing and treatment related to COVID-19 for Medicare beneficiaries, including questions related to out-of-pocket costs, the COVID-19 vaccine, telehealth, extended supplies of medication, skilled nursing facility stays, and issues for people in private Medicare Advantage plans.

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Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Services: Key Findings from the 2020 KFF Women’s Health Survey

This brief presents new data from the KFF Women’s Health Survey on coverage and use of reproductive and sexual health services among different subgroups of women ages 18 to 49.

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Medicare and Telehealth: Coverage and Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Options for the Future

This brief provides an overview of changes in coverage of telehealth under traditional Medicare before the coronavirus pandemic, and estimates changes in use of telehealth services using survey data from the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) during the pandemic. The analysis also discusses issues and questions related to extending telehealth coverage under traditional Medicare beyond the public health emergency.

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