MORE VIDEOS ON COVID-19 & DISABILITY
Over the last few weeks, we have been releasing a series of videos on COVID-19 and disability. Thus far, we have addressed topics such as who is at risk for complications due to COVID-19 and precautions people with disabilities need to take during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week we released two new videos which provide guidance to people with disabilities related to advocacy during COVID-19. All of these videos can be found on the AAHD Facebook page, Instagram page and in a YouTube playlist. Links for these two new videos are as follows:
You can now find these videos and other resources on COVID-19 on our website at: https://www.aahd.us/covid-19/. On this page, you’ll find general resources on Disability and COVID-19, COVID-19 & Medicaid, Advocacy Resources and Governmental Resources.
Are you looking for health insurance coverage during the COVID-19 outbreak? You may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). Some states have authorized a SEP as a result of COVID-19. You can find out which states are offering them in our news item. There are also SEPs available for people who have lost coverage due to a loss of their job.
Loss of a job or income could also make people newly eligible for Medicaid – especially in states where Medicaid has been expanded. Additionally, Medicaid enrollment is year-round, so no SEP is needed. AAHD has been working with Community Catalyst and other partners in conducting outreach to educate individuals about SEPs and Medicaid enrollment. Links to graphics like the one below which highlight the fact that Medicaid enrollment is year-round can be found in the Community Catalyst Outreach Hub which has a wide variety of graphics on health insurance literacy materials. To learn more about the project we are doing with Community Catalyst, check out our earlier news item.
The Community Catalyst project also has social media messaging available to highlight various aspects of health insurance enrollment related to COVID-19. In fact, a sample tweet for the graphic above can be found in their COVID-19 Messaging Guide.
The Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) has a recent blog post discussing what states can do to help consumers avoid surprise medical bills during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Kaiser Family Foundation has two new issue briefs addressing COVID-19. The first issue brief looks at key questions about the increased federal matching rate for Medicaid during the COVID-19 pandemic. The second issue brief examines new Medicaid eligibility pathways in order for people to get COVID-19 testing.
Families USA has a new report which looks at five different approaches which states are taking with Medicaid to combat COVID-19.
Are you looking for local partners to help with outreach to the disability community? The NDNRC has Community Outreach Collaboratives (COCs) which work to increase collaborations in the community, dissemination and outreach efforts and enrollment of people with disabilities in the ACA marketplace. You can find a COC, on the COC page of our website.
Archives of our weekly updates are available on the NDNRC website.