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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Access to Health Care

Overview The COVID-19 pandemic has shocked the U.S. health care system. With the highest unemployment rates since the Great Depression, millions of Americans have lost employer-sponsored health insurance. Since the beginning of the pandemic, visits to primary care physicians and outpatient specialists have declined, and many hospitals have postponed or

December 31st, 2020|

Medicare, Medicaid, and the Uninsured

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, three bills were signed into law in the U.S in March 2020, to improve access to testing and care for vulnerable patients, address medical supply shortages, and support the health care workforce and system as a whole. This fact sheet focuses on provisions

December 29th, 2020|

Examining Approaches to Lower the Medicare Eligibility Age

When Medicare was enacted 55 years ago, the minimum eligibility age was selected to match the full retirement age of 65 for Social Security. Prior to Medicare, the elderly were the most likely to be in poverty, had medical expenses twice as high as those under 65, and only half of retirees had any source of health coverage. Together, Social Security and Medicare are crucial to protecting the health and financial security of over 60 million older people and younger people with a disability.

November 30th, 2020|

Future of Social Security, Medicare, and more will be shaped by lessons from COVID-19 Crisis

In a new compendium, The Future of Social Insurance: Insights From the Pandemic, fourteen top experts on Social Security, Medicare, the economy, labor and workforce issues, retirement, aging, disability and long-term care, describe what we have learned from the pandemic so far. Each reflects on how social insurance programs have come to the aid of millions of Americans during today’s extraordinary economic and health catastrophes, and how policymakers might further strengthen the programs for future crises.

October 22nd, 2020|

Fact Sheet: Medicare, Medicaid, and the Uninsured

This fact sheet focuses on provisions of the COVID-19 legislative packages that directly impact Medicare, Medicaid, and the uninsured population. The bills include many provisions to support the Medicare and Medicaid programs and provide greater access to testing for uninsured patients, however, there are still major gaps related to coverage of COVID-19 treatment, affordability of health coverage, and surprise medical billing.

The COVID-19 response legislation includes various provisions to increase the availability of telehealth and home health services for Medicare beneficiaries, increase provider payments, and ensure coverage of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved COVID-19 testing services with no cost-sharing or utilization management.

April 24th, 2020|
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