When it comes to affordable access to care, COVID-19 has uncovered a variety of significant challenges and urgent public health priorities in the United States. During the early days of the pandemic, the healthcare system struggled to create and support a testing infrastructure. Now, the nation’s attention has turned to rapid, widespread vaccine deployment.
On top of the public health issues related to COVID-19 testing and immunization, the country is also grappling with increasing numbers of individuals who are unemployed and have lost their employer-sponsored health insurance.
The question facing healthcare policy makers and government agencies is how to strike a balance between providing continuous access to health insurance coverage, while maintaining the fiscal integrity of public health and safety net programs. Solutions lie in new approaches to data analysis, technology-enabled consumer engagement and coordination of benefits.