COVID-19 has been a national disaster. The impact has disproportionately affected minority and lower income Americans, who tend to have jobs that canâ€™t be done from home and are less likely to have health-care coverage or access to medical care. Thatâ€™s true in most crises, but this one is different. Anyone who fails to get tested or treated for COVID-19 risks getting others sick and delays economic recovery for all, regardless of socioeconomic status.
How can safety-net hospitals, Medicaid providers, and health plans ensure that all Americans get the tests and health care they need during the pandemic? Will the current sentiment that "Weâ€™re all in this together" finally convince the public of the need for universal coverage? CEOs of two safety-net hospitals and the nationâ€™s largest public option health plan will discuss how theyâ€™re handling the crisis, what theyâ€™re doing to reduce inequities, and the potential impact of the crisis on health care going forward.
Panel: Dr. Susan Ehrlich, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital; Dr. Elaine Batchlor, Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital; John Baackes, LA Care Health Plan; Mark Zitter, The Zetema Project, Moderator
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