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It’s no secret that the state of the American healthcare system is and has remained in dire straits. According to the World Population Review, approximately 17 countries have single-payer healthcare coverage around the world.
The U.S. falters behind several of these industrialized countries in the realm of public health coverage options it offers its citizens, and unfortunately, it might soon falter even further.
As the spread of COVID-19 gradually tapers from the pandemic phase to the endemic phase, a multitude of emergency public health measures are set to come to an end. This emergency provision was first put forth by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, first implemented in March of 2020.
Unless the Biden Administration takes sweeping, proactive measures to uphold these public health protections, The Urban Institute nonprofit projects that over 15 million Americans could be at risk of losing vital Medicaid coverage that they may have been reliant on for their medical care.
Worse yet, around 6 million of those Americans facing that risk are children. No one deserves to be denied essential help when they need it most, especially who those who find themselves already in a vulnerable, precarious position.
Public health officials are rightly concerned by the erosion of this expanded social safety net, a threat which people like Columbus-based family services director Christina Preston have called “a looming monster”. “Everything piling up has caused a lot of burnout, a lot of frustration, and a lot of individuals to, unfortunately, leave their jobs,” remarked Preston to NBC News back in December 2021.
Moreover, Obama Administration Medicaid director Cindy Mann lamented that “The time to start planning for this was yesterday… we really don’t have more time.” It remains to be seen how the Biden Administration will respond to the threat of this eroding social safety net. From February 2020 to May 2021, the number of Medicaid enrollments grew by 11 million people or a record 17% increase.
It remains to be seen if these protections will ultimately be jeopardized, but there are fortunately proactive protections you can take as a patient. For instance, Sesame Care is uniquely positioned to offer a solution for anybody losing their coverage, with affordable telehealth options able to accommodate all budgets, options you can take advantage of today.