As states are working diligently to operationalize the unwinding of the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement, State Health and Value Strategies has been tracking the creative strategies states are implementing to minimize coverage losses. This expert perspective highlights all the hard work states are engaged in and spotlights innovative strategies other states may want to consider adopting. SHVS will continue to track and share state efforts to support coverage through the unwinding period. If your state is implementing a new effort to reach enrollees, or if you have questions about how you can implement an example included in this EP, please be in touch.
Health Equity and COVID-19: Tracking and Taking Action to Address Disparities
Health Equity Solutions and SHADAC
On Thursday, May 7, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar in partnership with technical experts from Health Equity Solutions and SHADAC. As the COVID-19 crisis evolves, it has become increasingly clear that vulnerable populations are disproportionately impacted. Unsurprisingly, these disparately affected groups are the same ones that have long experienced stark health disparities, such as communities of color, low income populations, and those that reside in congregate living facilities (nursing homes, jails, shelters, etc.).
The webinar reported on how states are tracking the disproportionate impact of the disease on vulnerable populations and provided a framework for states to examine their COVID-19 response efforts to yield better outcomes for such populations. During the webinar, presenters shared insights from recent SHVS publications States’ Reporting of COVID-19 Health Equity Data and Five Key Questions State Health Officials Can Ask Right Now to Advance Health Equity During COVID-19 Response Efforts