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In this week’s Friday Five, Maximus is reading about efforts to support foster youth “aging out” of the system, cybersecurity, digital health funding, and the financial shocks of COVID-related job loss on impacted families.

1. New York taps Family First Act fund to prevent aging out during pandemic 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, New York is using funding provided by the Family First Act to provide support to young people who are ‘aging out’ of services. The Chronicle for Social Change reports the funds will be used to help youth maintain housing, provide food and clothing, make utility payments, or be used toward education or career training programs. Typically, young people are no longer eligible for assistance once they turn 21.

2. Breaking down FITARA’s cyber scores: How do we raise the grade?

 Federal agencies are scored on how well they adhere to security compliance requirements. The author of this Federal News Network piece argues that compliance is not enough to reduce risk. They lay out a series of recommended actions to improve scores and improve cyber efforts, including investing in options that reduce visibility or accountability gaps, sharing plans, establishing a working capital fund, and evaluating data center efficiency.

3. Analysis finds 5.5M have lost health insurance amid pandemic

More than 5 million people who lost their jobs earlier this year also lost their health insurance. Those numbers do not include family members who may have been covered by the plans. According to The Hill, nearly 27 million people overall may have lost insurance coverage. Individuals and families may be eligible for Medicaid, a special enrollment period for policies, or COBRA, but many are unaware of their options.

4. COVID-19 job and income loss leading to more hunger and financial hardship

A recent survey found that 24% of individuals lost a job or experienced reduced income due to COVID. Brookings reports these income losses have led to increased financial hardship, including difficulties making housing payments and affording food. Both housing and food insecurity have far-reaching health consequences.

5. Digital health funding shatters records with $6.3B in 1st half of 2020

Funding for digital health in early 2020 jumped 24% as compared to the same period in 2019. According to Healthcare Dive, telehealth has received more than twice the funding of any other in the digital health sector; followed by analytics, mHealth apps, and clinical decision support.