Systems and Standards Research & Reports
June 10, 2021

COVID-19 Policy Flexibilities Affecting Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

By: Sharon Silow-Carroll, Helen DuPlessis, Elaine Henry, Samantha Di Paola

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.

For a recap, video, and slides of our webinar where speakers reflected on what is important to retain and how to apply lessons learned moving forward, please see COVID-19 Telehealth Policies Affecting CYSHCN: What to Keep, Modify, or Discard?