COVID-19 Policy Flexibilities Affecting Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, states rapidly established new funding mechanisms and implemented emergency regulations, while providers deployed innovative technologies to connect with their patients. A new report from Health Management Associates examines how COVID-19 and the responses by federal and state governments, health systems, and providers affect health care for CYSHCN in both the short and long term. The report identifies key policy flexibilities enacted during the public health emergency and summarizes stakeholders’ perspectives about the impact of the flexibilities on CYSHCN and their families and providers.
A series of recommendations are offered for federal, state, and local programs and health systems.