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May 11, 2022

Around the nation: Millions could lose Medicaid coverage when federal Covid-19 subsidies end

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    A new analysis from Kaiser Family Foundation found that millions of Americans who qualified for Medicaid during the pandemic could lose coverage when federal subsidies end, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California and Ohio.

    • California: Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) on Tuesday published a new analysis that estimates between 5 and 14 million Americans could lose health coverage when federal subsidies end after the Biden administration declares the Covid-19 public health emergency is over. Throughout the pandemic, the government has provided billions of dollars to states on the condition that they would not remove beneficiaries from Medicaid until the emergency officially ends. Over the past three years, states have collected more than $100 billion in Medicaid funds and federal aid—while spending an estimated $47 billion to cover pandemic Medicaid enrollees. When the subsidies end, the federal government will continue to pay a smaller portion of the cost for Medicaid enrollees. By the end of September, KFF predicts that registration for full and partial Medicaid coverage will increase by 25% to 110 million. Currently, the public health emergency is scheduled to end July 15, but HHS officials have previously said they would notify states 60 days before ending the emergency. So, the agency will need to make an announcement next week if the administration plans to end the emergency in July. (Alltucker, USA Today, 5/10)
    • California: GoodRx on Monday named Raj Beri as its first COO. Previously, Beri oversaw Uber's non-restaurant business as VP of grocery and new verticals. He brings over 20 years in business operations experience to the role. GoodRx also announced three other leadership changes. Mark Hull was named as the company's inaugural chief product officer, Vina Leite was appointed as the company's first chief people officer, and Scott Paul was named SVP of health care and consumer innovation. (Carbajal, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/9)
    • Ohio: Cleveland Clinic on Friday named John Baker chief nursing officer of Union Hospital, effective June 1. Baker, who currently serves as VP of nursing and operations for Cleveland Clinic's Akron General Lodi Hospital, has over 25 years of experience in the industry. (Gleeson, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/9)

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