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COVID-related Medicaid coverage extended – for now – for 500,000 Arizonans

Federal officials on Tuesday extended the emergency Medicaid authorization for another 90 days - a lifeline to as many as 500,000 Arizonans - just days before they were in danger of losing coverage they got under the COVID-19 public health emergency. ... Read more»

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Patients’ perilous months-long waiting for Medicaid coverage Is a sign of what’s to come

Staffing shortages in Medicaid agencies around the country come as states will soon need to review the eligibility of tens of millions of people enrolled in the program - a herculean effort that will kick off once the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration expires.... Read more»

Legisladores de Arizona consideran expandir cobertura Medicaid para la atención posparto

Los defensores están presionando a los legisladores de Arizona para que amplíen la cobertura de Medicaid para las mujeres después de dar a luz, para ayudar a mejorar los resultados de salud materna y combatir el aumento de las muertes relacionadas con el embarazo.... Read more»

Arizona lawmakers consider Medicaid expansion for postpartum care

Advocates are pushing Arizona lawmakers to expand Medicaid coverage for women after they give birth, to help improve maternal health outcomes and combat rising pregnancy-related deaths. ... Read more»

Many Medicaid recipients could lose coverage as pandemic ends

Most of the nation will rejoice when the Biden administration lifts the public health emergency that has been in force since March 2020 - but when that moment comes, it could put many millions of adults and children currently on Medicaid at risk of losing health care coverage.... Read more»

Safety violations, resource shortages put Arizona dialysis patients at heightened risk

Since 2019, nearly three-quarters of Arizona’s 130 outpatient dialysis clinics were cited for lapses in protocols designed to keep patients safe - and records show that dialysis companies often negotiate fines from the state for repeat problems down by thousands of dollars.... Read more»

From Alabama to Utah, efforts to vaccinate Medicaid enrollees against COVID run into obstacles

Medicaid enrollees continue to get vaccinated against COVID at far lower rates than the general population despite vigorous outreach efforts by government officials and private organizations to get low-income people inoculated, according to data from several states.... Read more»

A fifth of nursing-home workers remain unvaccinated as deadlines loom

Federal deadlines to vaccinate all health-care workers against COVID-19 are just weeks away, but the most recent federal data show that roughly a fifth of nursing-home employees are not yet fully vaccinated.... Read more»

Free at-home COVID tests to be handed out to Medicare beneficiaries this spring

Starting this spring, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to get up to eight over-the-counter COVID-19 tests per month at no cost.... Read more»

Cinco cosas que deberías saber sobre las pruebas caseras 'gratis' para COVID

Las pruebas, así como el uso de máscaras, son para vencer a COVID y restaurar las rutinas normales. Para obtener pruebas más baratas para los estadounidenses, el gobierno federal ahora planea que las compañías de seguros las paguen.... Read more»

5 things to know about ‘free’ at-home COVID tests

Testing, as well as mask-wearing, is an important measure if the country ever hopes to beat COVID, restore normal routines and get the economy running efficiently. To get Americans cheaper tests, the federal government now plans to have insurance companies pay for them.... Read more»

Report: Census undercount may have missed 1.6 million in U.S., 48,000 in Arizona

The 2020 Census - particularly challenging with the COVID-19 pandemic and a heated political climate - may have missed more than 1.6 million Americans, about 48,000 of them in Arizona, with the undercount disproportionately falling on minority groups.... Read more»

Nursing homes bleed staff as Amazon lures low-wage workers with prime packages

The nursing home industry has long employed high school graduates to feed, bathe, toilet and tend to dependent and disabled seniors - but facilities that sit near Amazon’s colossal distribution centers are outgunned in the bidding war for employees.... Read more»

Record number of Americans sign up for ACA health insurance

A record 13.6 million Americans have signed up for health coverage for 2022 on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, with nearly a month remaining to enroll in most states - with some of the largest increases in states that have not expanded Medicaid under the ACA.... Read more»

Supreme Court will hear challenges to Biden’s vaccine mandates

The Supreme Court agreed to take up challenges to President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates for large companies and health care workers, consolidating four applications into two cases that will be argued before the justices on Jan. 7. ... Read more»

Challenge to vaccine-or-test mandate could upend already shaky precedent on agency deference

American jurisprudence on vaccine mandates dates back over 100 years, but the Supreme Court will likely focus on a 40-year-old administrative precedent to determine if President Joe Biden can require COVID-19 vaccines and testing for large private businesses. ... Read more»

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