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Nursing Home Commission Recommends Improvements for U.S. Covid-19 Response

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An ambulance pulls up outside of the Cobble Hill Health Center on April 18, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City during the coronavirus pandemic.


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An independent commission set up by the Trump administration to assess the impact of Covid-19 on nursing homes released dozens of recommendations on Wednesday but also revealed divisions over how to respond to the crisis.

The final report from the commission, which was established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in April, recommended immediate improvements to systems for testing and supplies of protective equipment, and changes for safe visitation, among other steps.

“To reduce suffering and to save the lives of residents and staff, CMS can implement or initiate the commission’s actionable recommendations in relatively short order,” the report said.

But the report does little to raise standards or ensure accountability for nursing homes, said some members

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The improvements in health insurance products in response to COVID-19



a group of people in a room: The improvements in health insurance products in response to COVID-19


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The improvements in health insurance products in response to COVID-19

Abhishek Bondia

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has increased the consumer’s consciousness about health insurance like no other event in the past. At the onset of the pandemic, individuals wondered whether their health insurance plan covered the costs of treating COVID-19. The insurance regulator was prompt to clarify that all regular hospitalization insurance policies would cover COVID-19 related hospitalization as well.  Nowadays, I get a few calls every week from friends, who want to evaluate their health insurance policies comprehensively for covering themselves, spouses, children and parents.

Their worries are specific. They want to know if buying a personal insurance apart from employer sponsored coverage will help, if COVID-19 treatment at home is covered, and ways to get supplementary coverage. The insurance industry has responded swiftly to address such consumer concerns. Here are a few examples of insurers

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