Researchers say that tying financial support for health programs to unemployment rates could provide hard-hit states with greater budgetary certainty and increase insurance coverage for vulnerable residents. Such increases have provided fiscal relief to states in prior economic downturns. The ease of getting funds to states in this manner sharply contrasts with the problems distributing checks to families, applying for enhanced unemployment benefits, and allocating loans for small businesses.
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