By Sabrina Corlette, Kevin Lucia, and Madeline O’Brien
Slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, and ensuring affected patients receive treatment requires an urgent, coordinated, and comprehensive response from the federal government and states. Efforts must include improving testing capacity, supporting providers, addressing the lack of paid sick leave, and expanding access to Medicaid for the uninsured. At the same time, policymakers also must consider that many privately insured Americans fear they will face substantial bills if they seek testing or treatment for coronavirus.
In their latest post for the Commonwealth Fund’s To the Point blog, CHIR experts document the efforts of numerous states to help reduce financial barriers for privately insured people to get needed medical care. You can find the full article here, along with an up-to-date table summarizing states’ actions.