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A Flu That Strains The System

October 30, 2009
by Marilyn Werber Serafini
National Journal

"It remains to be seen how broadly they're going to use these powers," said Jeffrey Levi, executive director of Trust for America's Health, a nonprofit public health advocacy group. "One of the things that has not been addressed is the need to figure out how to pay for the care of the uninsured in a pandemic. [Obama's declaration] permits some flexibility in Medicare and Medicaid benefit reimbursements. If that can be used to ensure that people have coverage for care, then they won't delay seeking care. They could do emergency enrollment in Medicaid for people who are otherwise eligible [but haven't signed up]. They could go beyond that if they wanted to."

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