Healthcare Policy & Legislative Updates

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Summary of Key ProvisionsThis article provides a summary of key provisions of the Families First Act, which addresses the domestic outbreak, including paid sick leave, insurance coverage of coronavirus testing, nutrition assistance, and unemployment benefits.
Medicaid Program Flexibility Measurers (Health First Colorado and CHP+), Emergency Waiver OverviewThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is working with states to provide additional program flexibility for Medicaid (in Colorado, “Health First Colorado”) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (in Colorado, “CHP+”) to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing has published this overview of its requests for program flexibility from the federal government to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Colorado’s COVID-19 Emergency Waivers Overview provides links to our requests, a summary of what was asked for and a status update on federal responses to program flexibility requests.  This resource will be updated as more information becomes known and posted on the COVID-19 pages.