COVID-19

Biden’s Proposed 2022 Budget Would Strengthen Healthcare Programs

Biden’s Proposed 2022 Budget Would Strengthen Healthcare Programs

Healthcare is a major focus of President Biden’s proposed $6 trillion budget for Fiscal Year 2022. The funding request includes a 23.4% increase in the Department of Health and Human Services’ budget, raising it to 133.7 billion. Numerous other agencies and programs...

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More COVID Funding a Much-Needed Shot in the Arm for Rural Communities

More COVID Funding a Much-Needed Shot in the Arm for Rural Communities

COVID cases and deaths are declining across the US, leading more states to open back up. But experts fear that COVID clusters, like those in North Carolina and Hawaii will occur, especially in rural counties where vaccination rates are lower (38.9%) than in urban...

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Ohio Health Organizations Struggling With Covid-19 Billing Backlogs

Ohio Health Organizations Struggling With Covid-19 Billing Backlogs

The Covid-19 pandemic is hitting County Health Departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and Community Based Organizations hard, especially within rural communities. Unsubmitted and unpaid Covid-19 claims are piling up and administration is finding it difficult...

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Providers Can Get Reimbursed for COVID Vaccine Administration Costs Not Covered by Insurance

Providers Can Get Reimbursed for COVID Vaccine Administration Costs Not Covered by Insurance

Healthcare providers, pharmacies, and mass immunizers can now recoup administration costs for COVID-19 vaccines given to underinsured patients whose plans do not cover administrative costs or that require some sort of cost-sharing, according to a May 3rd announcement...

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Tips to Help Community Partners Improve COVID-19 Health Equity

Tips to Help Community Partners Improve COVID-19 Health Equity

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought to light healthcare inequities among the uninsured and underinsured, especially within American minority communities. Ensuring that these individuals receive care and protection against disease is a top priority among Community and...

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SEP Navigators Support Affordable Access to Care in Medicaid Restricted Markets

SEP Navigators Support Affordable Access to Care in Medicaid Restricted Markets

There has been a substantial increase in the number of individuals signing up for health insurance when compared to the previous years.  Over 528,000 Americans signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act from the start of the 2021 Special...

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HIV Cases Among Intravenous Drug Users Increase During COVID Epidemic: Part 1

HIV Cases Among Intravenous Drug Users Increase During COVID Epidemic: Part 1

The CDC estimated that at the end of 2018, 1.2 million Americans were living with HIV; 186,500 of those cases were a result of intravenous drug use (HIV Surveillance Report, 2020). This is a growing trend, as 2,492 newly diagnosed HIV cases were reported among people...

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North Carolina Reports Lowest Increase in Covid-19 Cases Since December 2020

North Carolina Reports Lowest Increase in Covid-19 Cases Since December 2020

North Carolina is making the path for other states to follow in their attempts to control the spread of Covid-19 in their underserved communities.   A lot of North Carolina’s underserved areas consist of African American and Latino populations who do not have the...

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Four Tips to Maximize COVID-19 Vaccine Reimbursement

Four Tips to Maximize COVID-19 Vaccine Reimbursement

Billing for COVID-19 vaccine administration has become a critical revenue source for health departments and community-based organizations throughout the nation. As more organizations are delivering the COVID-19 vaccines to high-risk minority and rural individuals, it...

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2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Questions Answered

2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Questions Answered

Am I Eligible to Receive the Vaccine? Right now, more than half of the U.S. population (150 million) are eligible to be vaccinated, but ultimately it is each state that makes the final decision about who goes first. The first to qualify to receive the vaccines were...

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