How the Biden administration could help millions of Americans keep their healthcare

On March 13, 2020, as it became clear to more and more Americans that the threat from the pandemic would be serious, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency, which then enabled his secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, to declare a public health emergency (PHE). That declaration gave the federal government expanded powers and flexibility to ensure that people got the care they needed by temporarily waiving or modifying “certain requirements of the Medicare, Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance programs and of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule.” The Department of Health and Human Services then told the states to stop their annual assessments of whether people still qualified for public healthcare and instead just let everyone keep their Medicaid (and related programs) until the emergency was over.
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