Utah suspends Medicaid work requirement due to COVID-19

April 2, 2020, Modern Healthcare, Harris Meyer – Utah on Thursday suspended its Medicaid work requirement due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was the only remaining state with an active Section 1115 waiver imposing work requirements on Medicaid expansion enrollees as a condition of keeping their coverage. The suspension was decided on Thursday morning, said Kolbi Young, a spokeswoman for the Utah Division of Medicaid and Health Financing. Click here to view the story.

Trump hints at using federal programs to provide coverage after Obamacare decision

April 1, 2020, Politico, Susannah Luthi – President Donald Trump said he is considering using federal programs like Medicare and Medicaid to cover the rising ranks of the uninsured after his administration decided it would not reopen the Obamacare insurance markets to address the coronavirus crisis.Both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday were very vague about any forthcoming proposals that would flesh out their promise that people wouldn’t have to worry about the costs of treating the coronavirus. But at the daily White House task force briefing, they indicated they were looking at some version of Medicaid and Medicare to fill in at least some cost gaps. Click here to view the story.

Trump hints ACA enrollment should be reopened as a matter of fairness

April 1, 2020, Modern Healthcare, Michael Brady – President Donald Trump Wednesday suggested that he might reconsider reopening enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, even though his administration reportedly decided against it. When a reporter asked the president why he chose not to reopen enrollment, Trump deferred to Vice President Mike Pence, who touted recent announcements from insurers Cigna and Humana that they’ll waive cost-sharing for medical expenses resulting from COVID-19 treatment. Click here to view the story.

Mississippi has nation’s highest COVID-19 hospitalization rate

April 1, 2020, Mississippi Today, Erica Hensley – Mississippi currently has the highest COVID-19 hospitalization rate in the nation, at 31 percent, according to states’ health department data gathered by The COVID Tracking Project. Based on numbers the state health department released Wednesday, 333 patients have been hospitalized so far and 22 people have died. Since the state started regularly updating hospitalization rates, Mississippi has consistently remained among the top three states of about 40 states consistently reporting hospitalization data. As of Wednesday, Oklahoma and South Carolina rank just behind Mississippi, at 30 and 27 percent, respectively. Mississippi also has the 14th most hospitalizations in the nation, data show. Click here to view the story.

A Seat at the Table: Community Dialogues on the Impact of Tax Policy on Health Care in Mississippi

MHAP has partnered with the Children’s Defense Fund and the Mississippi Economic Policy Center to conduct a series of interactive community discussions on health care in Mississippi. A Seat at the Table: Community Dialogues on the Impact of Tax Policy on Health Care in Mississippi will be group discussions held in Gulfport, Greenville, Hattiesburg, Meridian, and Tupelo. The dialogues, consisting of 25 participants chosen randomly, are designed to foster open and honest deliberation primarily focused on funding options for Medicaid. For more information on the dialogues call 601.353.0845. VENUES FOR THE COMMUNITY DIALOGUES HATTIESBURG USM Campus Union-Thad Cochran Center Monday, October 13, 2008 5:30pm-9:30pm GULFPORT MS Gulf Coast Community College Thursday, October 16, 2008 5:30pm-9:30pm TUPELO Itawamba Community College –Health Occupation Bldg. Monday, October 20, 2008 5:30pm-9:30pm GREENVILLE Greenville Higher Education Center Thursday, October 23, 2008 5:30pm-9:30pm MERIDIAN Meridian Community College-Webb Hall Thursday, October 30, 2008 5:30pm-9:30pm

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