Weekly Recap – May 22nd, 2020
May 22, 2020
May 22, 2020
Updated May 20th, 2020
States with highest number of cases reported:
Millions of Californians have lost their employer-sponsored healthcare insurance. Now more than ever, it is important that all Californians have healthcare coverage. There are many resources available to those navigating the system. Covered California’s special enrollment deadline has been extended to June 30th, providing an opportunity for people to apply for new coverage. Over 123,000 individuals have already signed up for coverage through Covered California since March 20th. Additionally, more families may qualify for subsidized health plans now more than ever. Learn more by watching the video above.
In addition, other organizations are prioritizing coverage and information for patients during this time. Check out DMHC’s fact sheet below to see options for healthcare, and visit My Patient Rights for help with denials.
Last week, Hemophilia Council of California hosted a webinar, “Conquering Insurance Challenges: Finding New Coverage & Overcoming Denials” with presenters Kelly Bradfield, External Affairs, Covered California and Liz Helms, President/CEO, California Chronic Care Coalition. The webinar provided an overview of what those who have lost health insurance can do to get coverage, including utilizing Covered California and My Patient Rights to help. If you missed the webinar live, a recording will soon be posted at this link.
The California Department of Public Health announced a new attestation opportunity for counties to move through Stage 2, opening additional sectors of their economy at their own pace. To qualify, counties must attest that hospitalization and test positivity rates are stable or declining; that they have a significant level of preparedness with testing, contact tracing, PPE and hospital surge; and that they have adequate plans related to county-wide containment.
By Daniel Horn, Wayne Altman, and Zirui Song
As the U.S. nears 60,000 deaths due to Covid-19, primary care could be among its next casualties. Half of the primary care practices in America are small businesses, which means they are battling the virus on the frontlines even as they are on the verge of going out of business. The reason for this dynamic is that most of these practices, and much of our health care system, rely on an outdated payment model: Each in-person visit with a patient generates a payment. Without in-person visits, there is little to no revenue… Read More.