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Poll: Just Over Half of the Nation’s Workforce Have Lost a Job or Income Due to Coronavirus, though Most of Them Believe They Will Get Their Job and Income Back Within Six Months

With many businesses shut down and job losses mounting nationwide, just over half of the nation’s workers (55%) now say they have lost a job or had their incomes reduced as a result of the health and economic crises sparked by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the latest KFF Health Tracking…

Climate and Health in California: Challenges and Next Steps for the Golden State 

California has long been a leader in tackling climate change.  However, as recent events have shown, despite its progressive climate policies, the Golden State is still very vulnerable to the effects of climate change. One key effect of climate change is its impact on health.  From degraded air and water…

Taking Stock of Essential Workers

The COVID-19 outbreak has changed the reality of working life for most of the U.S. workforce, with essential workers at the forefront of performing crucial services for the public in the midst of the pandemic. This post examines who essential workers are and what challenges they are facing in light of coronavirus.

KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: In Their Own Words

This report summarizes the public’s response to a series of open-ended questions aimed at better understanding people’s concerns around receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and the views of the messages and messengers that could affect their willingness to get one,

Reasons Vary Why People Want to “Wait and See” Before Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine.

Nearly a third (31%) of the public says they want to “wait and see” how a COVID-19 vaccine works for others before they would get it, representing a critical group for efforts aimed at boosting vaccinations. The latest analysis from the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor highlights how attitudes differ by…

Vaccine Hesitancy in Rural America

Based on data from the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor, this poll finding explores attitudes among rural Americans toward the coronavirus and willingness to get a potential vaccine.

KFF Health Tracking Poll – July 2020

This poll examines the public’s views on reopening society during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as parents’ worries when it comes to their children returning or not returning to school, the mental health and economic effects, and priorities for possible congressional action.

How Many Seniors Live in Poverty?

This issue brief presents estimates of poverty under the Census Bureau’s official poverty measure and the Supplemental Poverty Measure for adults ages 65 and older, based on data for 2017 and three-year averages (2015 to 2017). Unlike the official poverty measure, the SPM poverty thresholds vary by geographic area and homeownership status, and the SPM reflects financial resources and liabilities, including taxes, the value of in-kind benefits (e.g., food stamps), and out-of-pocket medical spending. Estimates of poverty based on the SPM indicate that the number and share of older adults who are struggling financially are larger than when based on the official poverty measure.

California Poll: Access to Mental Health Care, Insurance Coverage, and Affordability Rank among Californians’ Top Health Care Priorities for the New Governor and Legislature

Large Majorities across Parties Say Medi-Cal is Important to the State; Most Residents Say Program is Important to Their Families; Access to Care Remains a Challenge for Some Enrollees Californians rank making health care more affordable among their top overall priorities for the state’s new governor and legislature, with 45…

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