Millions of people receive access to health insurance coverage through provisions of the Affordable Care Act. However, millions still remain uninsured.
Congress should mandate the use of the Supplemental Poverty Meas
States and localities should carefully evaluate the effectiveness of the incentives they offer to attract or retain businesses.
When considering bond financing, state and local policymakers should:
Public health officials and policymakers should recognize social isolation as a significant public health issue and social determinant of health.
Policymakers and the private sector should develop a standardized screening tool to identify individuals experiencing social isolation.
Medicare, Medicaid, and other payers should reimburse providers for the use of a standardized tool, including during “Welcome to Medicare” and Annual Wellness visits.
During times of crisis, state and local governments and the private sector should use evidence-based tools to identify, monitor, and address social isolation among older adults.
Federal, state, and local policymakers should engage in robust, fully funded public health activities and programs.