• 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. 
  • A Message From Our CEO

    “At KFF, we are rededicating ourselves to doing everything we can to address these larger issues that underline our work.”
    — Drew Altman
  • 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.

Health policy in the news

Drew Altman, CEO

  • Column

    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.

  • Column

    Hotspot States See More COVID Cases in Nursing Homes

    In his Axios column, Drew Altman discusses new data on the surge of new infections in long-term care facilities in COVID-19 hotspots. The dominant narrative about the Sunbelt surge in new cases is that the infected population is younger, but he says that’s not the whole story. There is also a spike in cases in long-term care facilities, especially in Florida and Texas.

  • Column

    How Threatening The ACA Again Could Hurt Trump With Independent Voters

    In his Axios column, Drew Altman shows how threatening the Affordable Care Act in the U.S. Supreme Court, or overturning it, could hurt President Trump with independent voters, and says that could matter most in battleground states.

  • Column

    The Front-line Workers Most at Risk from Coronavirus

    As state and local governments ease social distancing orders, many employers and workers face decisions about a physical return to the workplace. Drew Altman’s latest Axios column analyzes the numbers and finds that, “An estimated 25-30 million people are caught in the middle of the coronavirus economy — they’re unable to work from home but also face a high risk of severe infection.”

80%

Adults 65 and older account for 16% of the US population but 80% of COVID-19 deaths in the US. The share varies by state — from 70% in DC to 94% in Idaho. 

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