KFF's The Latest

April 10, 2020


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act: Summary of Key Health Provisions The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, contains a number of health-related provisions focused on the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, including paid sick leave, insurance coverage of coronavirus testing, nutrition assistance, and other programs and efforts. It also includes support for the global response. A new issue brief from KFF summarizes the key provisions of the bill. (Issue Brief)

To ‘Keep The Lights On,’ Doctors And Hospitals Ask For Advance Medicare Payments The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in late March that it would implement for the first time a national accelerated Medicare payments program to help ease the financial strain for health providers. The federal help has inspired private insurers such as UnitedHealth Group and several Blue Cross Blue Shield plans to offer advanced payments and other financial support. (KHNUSA Today)

New Coronavirus FAQs: Health Insurance Marketplace and the ACA In response to the COVID-19 crisis, many state-run health insurance marketplaces have opened special open enrollment periods so that uninsured people can sign up for coverage. See the current list of states and the new enrollment deadlines, as well as other updated FAQ content related to marketplace coverage, in our updated database. (FAQs)

Millennial Zeitgeist: Attitudes About COVID-19 Shift As Cases Among Young Adults Rise Young adults are coming to terms with a new reality, driven in part by statistics that show they are not safe from the coronavirus. News reports, such as that of a 25-year-old dying from COVID-19 or the announcement by Texas public health officials that 44 college students tested positive for the illness after returning from a group spring break trip to Mexico, drove home the point that they, too, were at risk. (KHNUS News)

Chart of the Week: A Timeline of Stay-at-Home Mandates
Chart of the Week

Question of the Week

Last week, we asked readers how many states had implemented stay-at-home orders. Almost 60% of participants answered correctly – as of April 3, 39 states had issued such orders.
Think you’ve stayed up-to-date on this week’s new releases from KFF, KHN, California Healthline, and the KFF Daily Global Health Policy Report? Test your knowledge with the following question: 

Communities of color in the U.S. have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. For example, in Michigan, Black residents make up 14% of the total state population; what percentage of patients with confirmed coronavirus in Michigan are Black?

25%

33%

42%

See how many readers answered this week’s question correctly in next Friday’s edition of The Latest.

Special Coverage: COVID-19 Coronavirus

The latest news and analysis on the coronavirus outbreak. You can find a complete list of recent releases on KFF.org and KHN.org.

To ‘Keep The Lights On,’ Doctors And Hospitals Ask For Advance Medicare Payments (KHNUSA Today)Millennial Zeitgeist: Attitudes About COVID-19 Shift As Cases Among Young Adults Rise (KHNUS News)What’s Missing In The Coronavirus Response (KHN)What Does Recovery From COVID-19 Look Like? It Depends. A Pulmonologist Explains. (KHN)A Colorado Ski Community Planned To Test Everyone For COVID-19. Here’s What Happened. (KHNDaily Beast)‘It’s Like Walking Into Chernobyl,’ One Doctor Says Of Her Emergency Room (KHNNPR)KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Who Will Pay For COVID-19 Care? (KHN)COVID-19 Crisis Threatens Beleaguered Assisted Living Industry (KHNUSA Today)‘Baby, I Can’t Breathe’: America’s First ER Doctor To Die In The Heat Of COVID-19 Battle (KHNThe Guardian)Retiree-Rich Palm Beach County Leads Florida In COVID-19 Deaths (KHN)Battling A Pandemic Across 4,750 Square Miles And 10 Million People (CHL)Comic Relief From COVID-19: Leaders Really Meme It When They Say Stay Home (KHN)The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act: Summary of Key Health Provisions (Issue Brief) New Coronavirus FAQs: Health Insurance Marketplace and the ACA (FAQs)Updated: COW COVID-19 Coronavirus Tracker – Updated as of April 10, 2020 (Interactive) Updated: State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus (Issue Brief) Updated: Medicaid Emergency Authority Tracker: Approved State Actions to Address COVID-19 (Issue Brief)COVID-19 Threatens Global Peace, Security, U.N. SG Guterres Tells Security Council; Foreign Policy Examines U.N. Role During Pandemic (KFF Daily Global Health Policy Report)

News and Headlines
News and headlines from Kaiser Health News (KHN) and California Healthline (CHL). Follow KHN on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn, and CHL on Facebook and Twitter, for the latest updates.

Newsom’s Ambitious Health Care Agenda Crumbles In A ‘Radically Changed’ World (KHN)Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes (KHN)Latest news summaries from the KHN Morning Briefing

Data and Analysis
The latest in health policy data and analysis from KFF.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act: Summary of Key Health Provisions (Issue Brief)
New Coronavirus FAQs: Health Insurance Marketplace and the ACA (FAQs)
Updated: COW COVID-19 Coronavirus Tracker – Updated as of April 10, 2020 (Interactive)
Updated: State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus (Issue Brief)
Updated: Medicaid Emergency Authority Tracker: Approved State Actions to Address COVID-19 (Issue Brief)
Latest news summaries from the KFF Daily Global Health Policy Report



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