Policy Watch

Quick-hitting policy analysis, polling, and updates on the key issues facing the country.

Advancing Health Equity Requires More and Better Data

Increasing availability of high-quality comprehensive data disaggregated by race/ethnicity is a prerequisite for efforts to advance health equity, not only related to COVID-19 but in health and health care more broadly.

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Returning to School: State COVID-19 Prevention Policies Across the Country

To better understand the extent to which states have adopted policies consistent with CDC guidance, we examined state policies for all 50 states and DC focused on COVID-19 prevention strategies in K-12 public schools for the 2021-2022 school year.

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Drug Price Negotiation Doesn’t Mean the Government Will Restrict Access to Medicines

This policy watch evaluates the pharmaceutical industry’s claims that allowing the federal government to negotiate drug prices would restrict access to medications in Medicare. It explains what the current proposal to allow drug price negotiation would and wouldn’t do.

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A Look at Who is Still Not Vaccinated Against COVID

In this Axios column, Drew Altman takes on the idea that communities of color are behind the problem of the unvaccinated in the U.S.

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Recent Efforts to Extend Medicaid Postpartum Coverage and What to Watch Looking Ahead

This policy watch examines recent state and federal efforts to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage beyond 60 days.

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Universal Paid Family and Medical Leave Under Consideration in Congress

The House of Representatives is considering a provision of the Build Back Better Act that would create a universal paid family and medical leave program. This post takes a look at this proposal, key policy questions, and what it could mean for women and families.

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