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What Have Pandemic-Related Job Losses Meant for Health Coverage?

Surprisingly, in comparison to the nearly 9% drop in employment from March to June, early data suggests that employers had kept coverage rates remarkably steady, at least through mid-summer. We find that enrollment in the fully-insured group market dropped by just 1.3% from the end of March through the end of June.

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President Trump’s Record on Health Care

This issue brief provides a detailed overview of the Trump Administration’s record on health care issues relating to: the Administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACA and private insurance markets, Medicaid, Medicare, reducing prescription drug and other health care costs, sexual and reproductive health, mental health and substance use, immigration and health, long-term care, HIV/AIDS policy, and LGBTQ health.

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COVID-19 Racial Disparities in Testing, Infection, Hospitalization, and Death: Analysis of Epic Patient Data

This analysis builds on a continually growing body of research on racial disparities in COVID-19 by examining testing, infection, hospitalization, and death by race and ethnicity among patients in the Epic health record system.

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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. 

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The Dangers of Vaccine Disillusionment

In this Foreign Affairs article, Josh Michaud and Jen Kates lay out the challenges in vaccinating people in low-income countries around the world and review early plans to ensure safe and effective vaccines are made available and delivered to people across the globe.

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This Week in Coronavirus: November 26 to December 3

During the 46th week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, there was an increase of over 1.25 million confirmed cases between Nov. 26 and December 3. Approximately 12,900 confirmed deaths in the past week brought the total in the United States to 276,300.

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Distributing a COVID-19 Vaccine Across the U.S. – A Look at Key Issues

Government officials hope to identify one or more safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines over the next few months as part of a multi-agency effort known as Operation Warp Speed. If and when they succeed, their focus will shift to making sure people across the country can access the vaccine. A…

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The Pandemic’s Effect on the Widening Gap in Mortality Rate between the U.S. and Peer Countries

A new KFF brief looks at where COVID-19 falls as a leading cause of death in the U.S. compared to similarly large and wealthy countries. The analysis finds that COVID-19 mortality rates are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., a ranking shared by only one peer country,…

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State Variation in Seasonal Flu Vaccination: Implications for a COVID-19 Vaccine

This analysis of flu vaccination rates across states and across groups within each state highlights some of the challenges facing public health officials in ensuring most people receive a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available.

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This Week in Coronavirus: October 30 to November 5

During the 42nd week since the first coronavirus case appeared in the United States, worldwide cases surpassed the 48 million mark and U.S. cases are over 9 million and nearly 235,000 deaths.

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