While efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have been difficult in all environments, the conditions for those working in agricultural production raise additional challenges. Migrant and seasonal farmworkers, many of whom travel as crops ripen throughout the spring and summer, live and work under conditions that even before COVID-19 posed risks to their safety and wellbeing. This expert perspective examines approaches to addressing the particular risks of COVID-19 faced by farmworkers, provides a survey of state and local policies and outlines some key themes and recommendations for policymakers as they work to support agricultural workers and stem the spread of COVID-19.
Establishing Performance Standards for Hospital-based Presumptive Eligibility
Manatt Health Solutions – Jocelyn Guyer
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows hospitals to use preliminary information to enroll people who appear eligible for Medicaid into coverage on a temporary basis. The goal of this “presumptive eligibility” (PE) option for hospitals is to quickly and efficiently enroll eligible people into Medicaid while insuring immediate health care costs are covered. While presumptive eligibility is not a new concept in Medicaid, the ACA for the first time gives hospitals – rather than states – the authority to decide whether to participate in PE. This issue brief, prepared by Manatt Health Solutions (Manatt), describes the flexibility available to states to establish training and performance standards for hospitals conducting PE determinations, and discusses approaches states may want to consider as they develop standards. It is based on Manatt’s review of federal law and regulations, as well as interviews with several state officials and other experts from states that currently operate hospital-based presumptive eligibility programs