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    Drew Altman: Biden vs Trump on Health With Swing Voters

    Drawing on newly released KFF/Cook Political Report polling in key Sun Belt states, Drew Altman discusses how the 2020 election is more about President Trump but issues do matter. He says that swing voters in Florida, Arizona and North Carolina prefer Joe Biden over President Trump on more issues including health care and the coronavirus, but President Trump has the edge on their top issue, the economy. 

  • Featured Essay

    Drew Altman: Understanding the US Failure on Coronavirus

    For The BMJ, Drew Altman discusses two fundamental policy decisions made by the Trump administration that set the U.S. on the controversial and highly criticized course it has taken on COVID-19.

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    Drew Altman: Pharmacies, Not the Military, Will Handle COVID-19 Vaccinations

    President Trump has conjured up the image of a top general and the military delivering the coronavirus vaccine drawing on their vast logistical experience. In his latest Axios column, Drew Altman explains why vaccine realities will dictate that it’s much more likely to be at your local Walgreens or CVS pharmacy.

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    Drew Altman: The Pandemic is Boosting the Public’s View of Doctors

    In this Axios column, Drew Altman looks at how the heroic performance of the nation’s doctors on the frontlines of coronavirus care and effective communication by many physician scientists on television, is shifting the public’s views, with twice as many Americans now saying doctors put people ahead of profits than they did in earlier KFF polling.

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  • Health Disparities are a Symptom of Broader Social and Economic Inequities

    The COVID-19 pandemic and killing of George Floyd along with other recent deaths of African American people at the hands of police have laid bare stark structural and systemic racial inequities and their impacts on the health and well-being of individuals and communities. 
  • As the COVID-19 Pandemic Shifts to the South and West, the Disparate Impact on Communities of Color Will Follow

    The geographic shift of the nation’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks to states in the South and West is expected to intensify the well-documented disparities in the health and economic impacts of the pandemic on people of color — especially Hispanics, according to a new KFF analysis. Twenty-three of the 33 states identified as coronavirus hotspots as of July 8More

  • Coronavirus’ Unequal Economic Toll

    In an Axios column, Drew Altman finds almost half of African Americans and Latinos are struggling to pay their bills because of coronavirus. “This pain would surely be worse without Washington’s relief efforts. Even so, the hardship is real, and that strengthens the case for more aid and better targeting to the families that need it most.”
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  • State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus

    States are taking aggressive action to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus and prepare their health care systems for dealing with those who become ill with COVID-19, the disease the virus causes. This tool features state-level data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, state policy actions, and data about health coverage and provider capacity within each state. 
  • COVID-19 Coronavirus Tracker

    This tracker provides the number of cases and deaths from novel coronavirus by country, the trend in case and death counts by country, and a global map showing which countries have cases and deaths.  The data are drawn from the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center’s COVID-19 map.
  • Medicaid Emergency Authority Tracker: Approved Actions to Address COVID-19

    This resource captures key information on approved Medicaid emergency authorities to address the COVID-19 Coronavirus emergency. It includes details on Section 1135 waivers and 1915 (c) Waiver Appendix K strategies and will be updated to capture additional waiver and different emergency authorities as needed.

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Among those tested for the coronavirus on the Epic electronic health record network, Hispanic patients had the highest positivity rate, which was over two and half times higher than the rate for White patients (311 vs. 113 per 1,000)

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