Medicaid Needs to Remain the Hero: A Summary of the HEROES Act

Executive Summary

On May 12, 2020, Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced the HEROES Act (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act) to address the continuing economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Medicaid has always served as the safety net for low-income and underserved individuals, providing comprehensive, affordable health care. The HEROES Act includes a number of provisions that would help ensure Medicaid remains robust. The following provides a brief summary of the major Medicaid-related provisions in the HEROES Act.

As we continue to fight both the pandemic and its resulting economic consequences, Medicaid needs to remain steadfast, strong, and available to the millions who already rely on the program and the millions more who likely will become eligible as the pandemic continues.

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