IHA Daily Briefing: Jan. 14

Friday, January 14, 2022
IDPH Jan. 21 Briefing on COVID-19 Therapeutics
Record 14.2M Americans Signed Up on Marketplace
COVID Vaccine Saved 240,000 Lives Study Says
Illinois COVID-19 Updates
Briefly Noted

IDPH Briefing on COVID-19 Therapeutics Jan. 21
Clinicians are invited to join a Jan. 21 online briefing hosted by Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) to discuss the latest COVID-19 therapeutics. The one-hour briefing will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Chief Medical Officer Arti Barnes and Acting Dep. Dir. for Emergency Preparedness Ashley Thoele will discuss the latest on authorized antivirals, how to order and dispense, and review IDPH’s dose locator website.

IDPH representatives will cover:

  • Authorized antivirals
  • Authorized mAbs
  • Therapeutic allocation strategy
  • Prioritization strategy for decision making
  • Pharmacy dispensing
  • IDPH therapeutic website overview

The link to the briefing can be accessed here.
Meeting number: 2479 850 0105
Password: Brief2022

Record 14.2M Americans Signed Up on Marketplace
The U.S Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported yesterday that more than 14 million Americans have enrolled in Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage in advance of the Jan. 15 enrollment deadline in most states, including Illinois.

These numbers include 10 million who selected plans or were automatically re-enrolled in Marketplace coverage through Jan. 12, 2022 in the 33 states with Marketplaces using HealthCare.gov. There are 17 states and the District of Columbia who have State-based Marketplaces (SBMs) and use their own platforms; they reported to CMS that through Jan. 8, 2021, 4.2 million selected plans or were automatically re-enrolled in a plan for 2022 health coverage.

Additionally, the Jan. 13 statement noted that a new HHS report shows most consumers enrolled in ACA have deductibles below $1,000, due to ACA cost-sharing reductions that lower deductibles, co-payments and out-of-pocket maximums. According to HHS, CSRs are generally available to consumers with incomes up to 250 percent of the federal poverty line (for example, for 2022, for most states $32,200 for a single adult and $66,250 for a family of four).

COVID Vaccine Saved 240,000 Lives Study Says
A recently published study says that while the COVID-19 pandemic has caused more than 745,000 deaths in the U.S., “without the rapid development and delivery of effective vaccines…the toll might have been higher.”

The study found that when compared to a “no vaccination scenario,” an estimated 240,797 lives were saved, and an estimated 1.1 million hospitalizations were prevented between Dec. 12, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Notably, according to the study, vaccination prevented an April 2021 wave of COVID-19 cases driven by the Alpha variant, with a projected peak of 4,409 deaths and 17,979 hospitalizations.

Illinois COVID-19 Updates
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 29,639 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, including 153 additional deaths. IDPH’s weekly data reports 207,203 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, including 738 deaths since Jan. 7.

As of Jan. 14, 7,320 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,148 patients were in the ICU and 657 patients were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests is 10.6%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity is 15.6%.

The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily in Illinois is 51,070 doses, and 65 percent of Illinois’ total population is fully vaccinated. IDPH reported today that 75% of adults (18 years and older) have been fully vaccinated, while 84.4% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 12 years and older, 73.6% have been fully vaccinated, while 82.8% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 5 years and older, 69.2% have been fully vaccinated and 78.5% have received at least one dose.

Briefly Noted
A Jan. 14 press release announced the federal government granted the state’s request for medical staffing assistance for Javon Bae Hospital-Riverside in Rockford. A 22-person team including clinical staff will be deployed to provide surge staffing support.

On Jan. 12 the Senate Behavioral and Mental Health Committee unanimously voted to advance legislation that would fund and maintain the 988 hotline number for those in a mental health crisis.

A study of COVID-19 hospitalizations for people experiencing incarceration or homelessness found that both populations experienced a higher frequency of hospitalization, readmissions and longer lengths of stay compared to the general U.S. population .