COVID-19: Leveraging Medicaid for Coverage, Testing and Treatment


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As a source of health care coverage for 1 in 5 Americans, Medicaid can play a key role in connecting individuals to testing and treatment for COVID-19. As a federal-state partnership, states have flexibility to connect eligible and enrolled people to care through their Medicaid program. This webinar will highlight federal and state action to leverage Medicaid in the context of responding to COVID-19 as a public health crisis through section 1135 waivers, among others. ​

This is the first webinar in a four-part series on COVID-19 and the U.S. health system. In this series, we explore how various aspects of the U.S. health care system - Medicaid, private health insurance, health workforce, and health care facilities - are impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. ​The webinar series is sponsored in partnership with The Commonwealth Fund.

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  • Emily Blanford, program principal, NCSL Health Program
  • Haley Nicholson, senior policy director, Health and Human Services, State-Federal Affairs, NCSL
  • Jack Rollins, senior policy analyst, National Association of Medicaid Directors
  • Josh Block, budget director, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing