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Coronavirus Response and the Affordable Care Act

This post examines the Affordable Care Act’s impact 10 years after its enactment and how its provisions, especially those that expand coverage opportunities, could address the health threat and economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus: A Look at Gender Differences in Awareness and Actions

This brief presents additional analysis of a recent KFF Coronavirus Poll, conducted between March 11 and 15, 2020 and finds larger shares of women are worrying about the negative consequences of the coronavirus and taking greater precautions than men.

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The U.S. Military and the Domestic Coronavirus Response: Key Questions

Governors, presidential candidates, and others have asked for military assistance for domestic coronavirus response, and President Trump has stated he is working with states and the Department of Defense to have the military provide additional resources and assets. This brief answers key questions about potential U.S. military engagement in the domestic response to the coronavirus.

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It May Be Time To Waive Patients’ Costs for Coronavirus Treatment

Drew Altman looks at the numbers for COVID-19 treatment, and why it may soon be necessary for Congress to waive out-of-pocket costs for treatment.

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Private Health Coverage of COVID-19: Key Facts and Issues

New federal legislation will require most private health plans to cover testing for the coronavirus with no cost sharing. Some states have adopted similar requirements for insurers they regulate, and many private insurance companies will voluntarily expand coverage for testing. However, some private coverage will not be subject to these requirements. To date, fewer changes have been adopted or considered with respect to treatment for complications from the disease. This brief reviews current coverage standards for private health plans and how these may change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Glossary

This resource provides a description of some key terms used in the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Media Briefing on Coronavirus: KFF Experts Explore Public’s Views and Nation’s Response

On March 18, 2020, KFF held a reporters-only web briefing with its key policy and public opinion experts to discuss the nation’s rapidly changing public and policy responses to contain the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic across the country and the world. After the presentation on the public’s views of the…

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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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How Can Medicaid Enhance State Capacity to Respond to COVID-19?

This brief describes a range of steps states and the federal government could take to use Medicaid to expand coverage and access to care in the context of responding to COVID-19 as a public health crisis.

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KFF Coronavirus Poll: March 2020

Fielded from March 11-15, this KFF Coronavirus poll provides a snapshot of the public’s experience, knowledge and views about the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, during the rapidly unfolding crisis. A majority of Americans say they are taking precautions to protect themselves by the novel coronavirus pandemic but the public worries about the health and economic consequences as the situation evolves in the coming months.

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