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Poll Examines the Impact of Coronavirus on Life in America

With coronavirus cases rising and businesses shutting down, four in 10 (39%) U.S. residents say they already have lost a job or income due to the crisis, the latest KFF Health Tracking Poll finds. This includes most part-time workers (54%), as well as nearly half of parents with children under…

Jen Kates and Josh Michaud Featured Speakers in Virtual Briefing About the Coronavirus Pandemic

KFF’s Jen Kates and Josh Michaud discuss the coronavirus outbreak and address questions such as how this epidemic compare to previous ones, how epidemiological models work and how reliable are they, and was China’s approach to social distancing more effective? Kates and Michaud on March 30 were featured guests in The Commonwealth Club of California’s continuing virtual series on the coronavirus outbreak.

Why the U.S. Doesn’t Have More Hospital Beds

With much of the news focused on the surge capacity of the nation’s hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic, Drew Altman’s Axios column today examines why the nation has a shortage of hospital beds and what can be done about it. He writes, “It’s a result of past policies aimed at reducing…

Coronavirus Response and the Affordable Care Act

This post examines the Affordable Care Act’s impact 10 years after its enactment and how its provisions, especially those that expand coverage opportunities, could address the health threat and economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Early Testing Decisions and the Potential Lasting Impact to the Nation

A KHN article describes how government decisions in the early days of the nation’s coronavirus outbreak have already impacted the magnitude of the pandemic and may affect the country for months to come. The article explains, for the first time, how the CDC initially sent the same number of test kits…