POSTED ON MONDAY, August 3, 2020 

CMS released its first monthly update of data that showing the impact of COVID-19 on the Medicare population. This is the first snapshot that includes data for American Indian/Alaskan Native Medicare beneficiaries. New data indicates that American Indian/Alaskan Native beneficiaries have the second highest rate of hospitalization for COVID-19 among racial/ethnic groups after African Americans.

“The updated data confirm that the COVID-19 public health emergency is disproportionately affecting vulnerable populations, particularly racial and ethnic minorities. This is due, in part, to the higher rates of chronic health conditions in these populations and issues related to the social determinants of health.”

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