Medicaid can help as America faces the coronavirus crisis — let it

March 24, 2020,The Hill, Cindy Mann and Emily Stewart – Uncertainty and fear among the American public continues from coast to coast over the worsening impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. People are hurting. According to a new poll, one in five U.S. households has faced a layoff or cut in work hours because of the pandemic. For many, that means losing health coverage, too. Small businesses, bars and restaurants have closed. Child care workers, school staff and retail workers have been laid off. Millions of people are at great risk, particularly uninsured people and low-wage workers, who are disproportionately people of color, whether living in our cities or our rural communities. We’ve seen before that any health crisis is likely to have an outsized impact on those who already face unfair and discriminatory barriers to health and health care. Click here to view the story.

Appeals court weighs legality of ‘junk’ insurance plans amid COVID-19 outbreak

March 20, 2020, Modern Healthcare, Rachel Cohrs – Federal appellate judges on Friday questioned Congress’ intent for the role of short-term, limited-duration plans in the health insurance marketplace while weighing whether the Trump administration’s 2018 expansion of the plans was legal. The oral arguments before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit came amid renewed focus on requirements for short-term, limited duration health plans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plans are not required to cover COVID-19 testing without cost-sharing like comprehensive public and private insurance plans, can impose lifetime dollar limits on benefits and can deny coverage based on preexisting conditions. Click here to view the story.

Mississippians prepare for impact of coronavirus on food supply

March 19, 2020, Mississippi Today, Alex Rozier – While people everywhere stockpile their kitchen cabinets as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise, organizers in Mississippi prepare for rising food demands in one of the most food insecure states.On Wednesday morning in Vicksburg, hours before Mayor George Flaggs declared a civil emergency in response to the outbreak, over a hundred teachers, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other volunteers came together to bag up 5,000 lunches to bring to children’s homes while schools are closed.At one of the bus stops in nearby Bovina, Josie Williams drove up with her sixth-grade grandson to pick up a lunch. Click here to view the story.

Coronavirus in Mississippi: COVID-19 cases county-by-county in state

March 19, 2020, The Clarion Ledger, Staff Reports – The Mississippi Department of Health on Thursday listed 50 cases of novel coronavirus across 21 counties. The state’s first presumptive case, reported on March 11, was a Forrest County man who had traveled to Florida. Since then, 49 additional cases have been reported. Coronavirus cases are surging across the United States. The latest report from Johns Hopkins University puts the number of confirmed cases of the virus across the globe at 222,642. So far, the U.S. has 9,415 cases. Here’s a look at the cases in Mississippi by county. Click here to view the story.

Temporary Medicaid changes announced in response to coronavirus outbreak

March 19, 2020, Mississippi Business Journal, MBJ Staff – In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM) will expand its coverage of telehealth services throughout the state in alignment with Governor Tate Reeves’ recommendations on leveraging telemedicine to care for patients while limiting unnecessary travel, clinic visits and possible exposure. Effective immediately through April 30, 2020, DOM’s Emergency Telehealth Policy will allow additional use of telehealth services to combat the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Details of enhanced services include the following. Click here to view the story.

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