April 03, 2023
During the COVID-19 pandemic, uninsured rates reached record lows for Black, Hispanic, and white adults and coverage disparities narrowed considerably, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund.
The report evaluates disparities in health coverage since the passage of the Affordable Care Act and tracks more recent trends stemming from pandemic-era policies that kept more people enrolled via individual marketplace plans, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
“While the largest coverage gains occurred from 2013 to 2016, adult uninsured rates for these three groups, and for the nation overall, dropped again between 2019 and 2021, as new federal policies aimed at boosting coverage took effect,” the report notes.
Here’s what you need to know:
With the end of continuous enrollment, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has developed resources to help providers share important information with patients. The toolkit includes printable education materials, scripts for conversations with patients, and digital assets, such as social media posts and website graphics.
The toolkit is available online.
If you need help with the Medicaid renewal process, assistance is available online or by calling (866) 550-4355 or (215) 560-7226 for Philadelphia residents.
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