Another week has come and gone in our temporary new normal. As a health solutions enterprise committed to helping people and communities achieve better health, we remain focused on ensuring that our employees, members, and communities feel supported as they navigate this pandemic.
With businesses shuttering and others forced to furlough and lay off workers, we're seeing a rise in the number of uninsured. It's important that we continue educating people that if they've lost their employer health insurance or their job status or income has changed there's help available. They can go onto the Marketplace and purchase health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act, often with a significant premium subsidy.
We have always believed that everyone should have access to high quality, affordable care. This is especially important right now to make sure people can be tested and treated for the virus, to ensure that they have access to telemedicine, and to manage any chronic conditions.
Stay at home orders and social distancing practices continue to be necessary steps to slowing and ultimately stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Additionally, this week we launch the COVID-19 Health Innovation Collaborative. Our goal is to identify scalable solutions that can relieve stress on our healthcare system. Focus areas include solutions for home-based testing and care, reducing risks for healthcare staff caring for COVID-19 patients and addressing health risks associated with social isolation. Finalists will be selected in May and then we'll test out their solutions, and potentially partner to pilot them.
While no one knows for sure when this pandemic will end, GuideWell will be here to help every step of the way.
And remember, wear your masks, wear your gloves if you can, and be safe.