COVID-19 and the Uninsured: Federal Funding Options to Pay Providers for Testing and Treatment [Updated November 3, 2020] [open pdf - 619KB]
From the Document: "Congress enacted provisions to increase access to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing and treatment (including, for some programs, an eventual vaccine) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA; P.L. 116-127), as amended by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act; P.L. 116-136). Separately, Congress provided funding to support testing infrastructure in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PPPHCEA; P.L. 116-139). In addition, these laws appropriated funding to government agencies that provide health services (e.g., the Department of Veterans Affairs) and for specific health providers (e.g., health centers). These laws largely focus on COVID-related modifications for individuals who have public or private health care coverage; however, this Insight discusses federal funding options under these laws that can be used to pay providers for COVID-19-related testing and treatment for uninsured individuals through funding distributed under an administrative construct referred to as the Uninsured Fund (UF) and a newly created Medicaid option for testing."
CRS Insight, IN11526
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/