• COVID-19 Continues to be a Leading Cause of Death in the U.S. in August

    This brief revisits where deaths from COVID-19 rank among leading causes of death in the U.S. and finds that COVID-19 is again the third leading cause of death in August 2021. We also assess age-specific rank of COVID-19 among leading causes of death in the U.S.

  • Medicare and Dental Coverage: A Closer Look

    Medicare does not cover routine dental care and about half of Medicare beneficiaries do not have dental coverage. This brief provides new data on the share of Medicare beneficiaries with dental coverage, the share with a dental visit in the past 12 months, and out-of-pocket spending on dental care.

  • Most private insurers are no longer waiving cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment

    This analysis finds nearly three quarters of the largest health plans in each state are no longer waiving enrollees’ cost-sharing requirements for COVID-19 treatment as of August 2021. Insurers largely waived those costs early in the pandemic, before safe and effetive vaccines were available.

  • Views Of COVID-19 Vaccines Among LGBT Adults

    This new analysis examines the experiences of LGBT adults from the July COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor and finds that as a group they are more likely to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and less likely to view getting the vaccine as a health risk compared to non-LGBT adults. A larger share of LGBT adults than non-LGBT adults say they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (82% vs 66%) and are more supportive of vaccine mandates than non-LGBT adults.

Greater Than COVID

NEW VIDEOS EXPAND THE CONVERSATION: Pediatricians Answer Questions about Children and the COVID-19 Vaccines

THE CONVERSATION / LA CONVERSACIÓN expands to address information needs about the COVID-19 vaccines available to children 12 and older and the status of vaccines for younger children. Produced by KFF under its Greater Than COVID public information response, this campaign is presented with the American Academy of Pediatrics. The new videos join the expansive living video library featuring Black and Latinx health care workers answering common questions on the COVID vaccines (available in English and Spanish). YouTube/Google, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are supporting distribution.

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A Look at Parental Consent and COVID-19 Vaccination for Adolescents

Most states require parental consent at this point, though the landscape may be shifting slightly as more jurisdictions seek to encourage vaccination of young people. Parents and parental consent laws will play a critical role in the COVID-19 vaccination effort to reach children in the U.S., particularly as authorization moves to even younger ages.


$5.7 billion

There were an estimated 287,000 hospitalizations between June and August that could have been avoided by a COVID-19 vaccine. These preventable hospitalizations are devastating to patients, families, and caregivers. An analysis estimates the hospitalizations cost the U.S. health system $5.7 billion in those three months.

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