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Number of Uninsured Children Rising

The number of uninsured children in the U.S. is rising.

Since 2016, the number of uninsured children has risen by approximately 726,000 as the uninsured rate among children rose from 4.7 percent to 5.7 percent in 2019.

An increase of 320,000 children between 2018 and 2019 was the largest such increase in more than a decade.  Texas accounts for one-third of the four-year increase, or about 243,000 newly uninsured children, with Florida second with 55,000 newly uninsured children.

Learn more about the increase in the number of uninsured children in recent years and why it occurred in the report “Children’s Uninsured Rate Rises by Largest Annual Jump in More Than a Decade” from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families.…

Coronavirus Update for Tuesday, October 6

The Department of Health and Human Services is now providing extensive information about its planned Phase 3 distribution of Provider Relief Funds.

Background

Last Thursday HHS announced the planned distribution of $20 billion in new funding for providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Under this Phase 3 General Distribution allocation, providers that have already received Provider Relief Fund payments are invited to apply for additional funding that considers financial losses and increased expenses experienced due to COVID-19.  Previously ineligible providers, such as those that began practicing in 2020, will also be invited to apply, and an expanded group of behavioral health providers confronting the emergence of increased mental health and substance use issues exacerbated by the pandemic will also be eligible for relief payments.

The application portal for these funds opened on Monday, October 5, 2020 and the application deadline is November 6.

 

New Phase 3 information from HHS

Updated FAQs:  Phase 3: Overview and Eligibility

Late yesterday HHS added a new section, titled “Phase 3 – Overview and Eligibility,” …

Coronavirus Update for Thursday, June 4

Coronavirus update for Thursday, June 4 as of 2:30 p.m.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

 

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC has updated its web page on COVID-19 in racial and ethnic minorities.

Food and Drug Administration

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Coronavirus Update for May 28, 2020

Coronavirus update for Thursday, May 28 as of 2:30 p.m.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMS has updated its COVID-19 FAQs on Medicare fee-for-service billing with additional or revised answers to the following sections:

  • Expansion of Virtual Communication Services for FQHCs/RHCs – questions 11-23
  • Medicare Telehealth (please note that these FAQs do not include flexibilities that might be exercised under the CARES act) – questions 23-33
  • General Billing Requirements – questions 2 and 3
  • Diagnosis Coding under International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) – question 1
  • Chronic Care Management Services – question 1
  • Outpatient Therapy Services – questions 1-3

 

Department of Health and Human Services

HHS has redesigned its CARES Act Provider Relief Fund web pageThe new layout maintains the previous section for timely alerts but separates additional information about the Provider Relief Fund into the following categories that each redirect to their own, more detailed pages:  For Providers; About the Provider Relief Fund; Data, and FAQs.  The updated web page also included nuanced changes in the language describing the distribution of CARES Act money.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus Update for May 15, 2020

Coronavirus update for Friday, May 15 as of 2:30 p.m.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services